Do you guys actually follow recipes or do you use them more as cooking suggestions?
My sister Laura told me I should try out her Simple Asparagus Soup recipe when I was visiting her in Texas a couple months ago. So I took a quick shot on my phone:
I thought I would be able to figure out the method when it came time to make the soup. (“I’ve totally got this.” Famous last words.) But no matter how long I stared at that tiny scrap of paper it just didn’t make sense. Steam the onions? In broth? While I make a roux in another pan? What??
I finally broke down and called Laura (while simultaneously photographing asparagus, which resulted in this). She walked me through her recipe. Kind of. She kept saying things like, “What I probably did was…” and “I definitely didn’t steam anything.”
She told me that her husband is always trying to throw away random scraps of paper he finds around the house, but she has to stop him because they are actually recipes. She says she only needs to write down the part that’s not in her head. Laura read in Cooking Light recently about different kinds of cooks, and realized that she is firmly entrenched in the Approximator category: adds ingredients willy nilly according to taste.
This is so NOT me. I tend to stick to recipes (at least the first time around.) I think I only have one recipe memorized (and that’s because I make this Butterscotch Oatmeal for Charlotte every. single. morning.) I’m actually pretty bad at winging it in the kitchen. Why do you think I started a food blog? How else am I supposed to remember what to do?? So really, I want to know, do you guys usually follow recipes or not so much?
This Simple Asparagus Soup has a really unique flavor. I absolutely love it. As the name suggests, there’s not much to it, but the asparagus itself really packs a punch, so you don’t need too much else going on. I love that it calls for yogurt instead of cream. You save some calories but don’t have to sacrifice flavor. Oh, did I mention this comes together in 30 minutes? #win
P.S. If you’re wondering about the books in the photos today, it’s because I joined a food photography challenge group. The first challenge was to tell a story with your photo, and include a non-food-related item. I got the non-food-item part, but I’m not really sure what the story is here. Peruse an ancient encyclopedia while feasting on Asparagus Soup? Relax with your husband’s stolen glasses while you thumb through ‘Song and Garden Birds of North America,’ and let your soup get cold? Clearly I need to work on my artsy BS skills.
Source: my awesome sister Laura
A real chef would probably scoff at this “push the veggies aside” method, but it works for me and saves me another pan to wash, so I’m sticking with it. If you end up with some flour lumps, don’t sweat it too much. You’re blending it anyway. (Said no chef ever. Sorry guys, it’s the charlatan coming through.)