When I started this blog, I had in mind that I would use food as a vehicle to get at other topics. Sometimes I am inspired by that idea, sometimes not. Part of my hesitancy in writing about food in a more traditional way had to do with recipes. If I was to include a recipe, the purist in me felt it had to be one that I created on my own. There were a few things wrong with this for me: the biggest one being that I am not a professionally trained cook- far from it. My approach to cooking is like my approach to the rest of my life- it is an adventure and few things are absolute so following a recipe is somewhat stifling. There are flavorful adventures (and misadventures) in deviating from what is already set down in books and has been done before. Dealing in absolutes is tough for an English major like me and what that means for me and cooking is that I don’t really like to measure, also a problem when considering recipes. For me, there is more glory in getting it right without being told what is right. I suppose the correct finesse in adding the right amount of seasoning or flavor boosts my non-professionally trained chef-ish ego. The second problem also has to do with being an English major (and probably has some residual effect of being an English teacher) and has to do with citing sources. I have read other food blogs and am unsure whether the recipes they include are their own and since they have not cited where the recipe comes from, I am left to assume that it is, in fact, their own and, consequently, they are much cooler than I because they have their own recipe.
But I am done with all that and have come to terms with this and have decided to include any recipe that I might have used or partly used and simply cite where it came from, be it my mother, ‘the google’ or Julia Child. Because, of course, this is where the adventure also lies. If there is no recipe for me to start with then I’m not sure where to start. It seems like kind of a funny thing to blog about but I thought it was worthy of explanation. And so, starting now, don’t be afraid to find a recipe or something that looks like one included in my writing.