Sometimes I use recipes however I pretty much always adapt them and add, subtract and substitute ingredients. The only problem is when someone asks for the recipe and I can't remember all the changes I made!
Sometimes I stick to a recipe but it is rare. I usually make some changes for health reasons or to suit my own taste. When I make cakes and biscuits I use the recipe as a guide to get the proportions right, don't want to end up with a sticky mess or something that is too dry. If I make a stew or similar it depends on what ingredients I have and my mood. Yes, it is a problem when someone asks for the recipe. My grandma made lovely cake without a recipe. When she said she didn't have a recipe a friend thought she just didn't want to share it.
I want to, but every recipe I try to follow has an obscure ingredient or something that I don't have in the cupboard, or even a kitchen utensil that I don't have, so I generally have to play by ear which might be why I don't cook as often as I should!
Unfortunately I do. I have been told it is the mark of a good cook if you know what goes with what foods, and can improvise and not use a recipe.
Sadly, I am not one of these people as am probably rather anal in my cooking habits, having to follow each recipe to the "T".
My friends laugh at me as I will go out to buy chives for example, if the recipe asks for it, despite my having Garlic Chives growing in my garden.
So, the answer is yes, I definitely have to follow a recipe for almost anything I make, though I have to admit, I love making new dishes. Perhaps if I stuck to tried and true ones, I would remember them?
Their are one or two recipes that i follow to the letter because they are very good and really tasty.
Then there are some recipes that I start with the basics and add other stuff but most of the time I cook without a recipe.
As I'm intolerant to some foods i have to be clever and make my own stuff up. I cook from scratch every single day unless my husband is cooking then he cooks from scratch.
We own over 100 cook books and some times we will have a week were we look for new recipes and only cook from cook books opening the books randomly to choose something to cook. Other times we only cook with ingredients from the garden so have to make it all up as we go along
I do, but I have to adjust them to make them gluten free. I also take out the things me or my husband don't like, and sometimes add a few extras if I think of something that will go well with it (like adding extra vegetables or spices). I guess you could say I use the recipe as a starting point, and go from there.
If it's a savoury dish, I taste test along the way and adapt it to suit me. I was raised in the food industry and taught that this was the way to cook as quantities always changed.. To me a recipe is a guide of what ingredients can go well together. If I'm baking though, I'll stick to the quantities of the basic ingredients such as sugar, butter and flour but I'll alter some of the others
Since my life is so busy, I usually just cook a few favourite recipes...ones I know I can make very quickly, not using a cookbook. However, when I have more time I like to be a bit creative and try something new. At those times I'll use a cookbook.
Both. Sometimes I follow a recipe if some of the ingredients I am not very familiar with using. Once I get a recipe down I often change it a bit to taste and to my preference of ingredients. I love to cook and do a lot of it!
Originally, yes, to the nth degree!
But as the years' passed, I tweaked various recipes, more to MY liking!
Have cooked some so often, I know them off by heart!
When entertaining much, back in the day, I started trawling through my many Recipe Books, at minus one month, to prepare a Dinner Menu. I just LOVED looking through those books!
I kept a book with Guests' Names, Date of Dinner, Menu, & what Wines were served, & any food dislikes, or Dietary requirements of attendees'. That way, as usually had same friends' to Dinner, many times, they were NEVER served the same Menu items!
As I use a recipe 9 times out of 10, I always date the recipe in pencil, so i don’t make it more than once a year. I’ve now started doing that with my online recipes I use, keeping a record of the name of the recipe in ‘drafts.