Posts tagged substituting in a recipe
Alright, I’ve talked a lot about Cooking by Feel, so here’s a written rundown of how things happen in my kitchen. I’d video it, but it’s so complex and I’m grabbing stuff right and left, so don’t know if it would work very well.
Anyway, today I was totally uninspired to cook. As a matter of fact, I would have gone out to eat if there was anyplace nearby that has good healthy food, but we live in the country…
So, I was whining to my husband about not wanting to cook and going out to eat. He asked me what I would eat if I could go out to eat. I told him I was in the mood for Chinese food, Asian style food.
Even that didn’t inspire me. Next, I went to the internet and found a recipe I really thought looked tasty on the Food & Wine site – Vegetable Stir-Fry with Ginger Vinaigrette.
I wrote down the ingredients and headed to the kitchen. Below is a list of what it called for and what I ended up using.
- Fresh ginger Fresh ginger
- Lemon juice Lemon juice
- Cooking oil Safflower oil
- Soy sauce Soy sauce
- Asian sesame oil Toasted sesame oil
- Black pepper Black pepper
- Garlic Asafoetida
- Snow Peas Garden peas (fresh from the garden)
- Radishes Bell pepper
- Bok choy Chinese broccoli
- Spinach Asian green
- Tofu Broccoli
As you can see I didn’t have a lot of the ingredients needed. However, when I thought about the qualities of each; taste, texture, color, etc., I found things in my fridge that would approximate what was in the original recipe. It ended up being a delicious Asian-style dish that we put over spaghettini, because we didn’t have any soba noodles. This is one way I do Cooking by Feel, the other is just make a dish up as I go. I’ll try and show how that works in a later entry.
Here’s a snap of their dish and mine. Which would you choose? (Remember I’m not a professional photographer with props and lights)