My ritual, I suppose, is that I always follow the recipe to the proverbial T the first time I make it, so I can experience the recipe writer’s gastronomic vision as intended. Then when I make it again, I improvise.
@awk@ivannabc haha, guilty! i’ve been getting better at not doing this though, or rather taking notes so i can make it again. sometimes we sit down to dinner and i take a bite and then i’m typing away into my notepad app. my partner will ask me something and i’m like ‘wait! shh! i have to write up this recipe before i forget, it’s really good’
@therealjrn I’ve been doing pretty much the same since it’s just me now. It’s nice to just pull a container of homemade something or another out of the freezer. I used to cook for 9 then for 2, then 4 then 2 and now just me. I never got going from 9 to 2 very well, so going to 1 def leaves leftovers.
What is this think you call cooking? I believe my mother had this antiquated skill.
Well lets see, I can start a cooking fire in the rain and then cook stuff on same said fire (I believe what is cooked this way is also called bear bait), for example in the past I have cooked bread, cake, brownies, etc. over a fire in a frying pan, eaten food kids have cooked where they forget that when you put the spoon on the ground and then straight back in the pot your new spice is called dirt, and lived through my kid trying to kill me with a ton Cayenne on everything (which she said wasn’t hot, of course this is the same child who drinks jalapeño juice like it is water)…
Now it is mostly microwave, toaster oven and sometimes the stove. If it can’t be made in 20 minutes or less I am not going to cook it. Since I don’t eat out this can be a problem on occasion. Cereal makes a good dinner on occasion.
My ex was in the marine corps and he would bring everyone over for lunch and dinner. Subsequently, i am not incapable of making a meal for 2. There’s either so much we have leftovers for 4 days or there’s barely enough for one meal. I suck at portion control too lol. At least once a week i run a dish to my mother’s because there’s too much and I’m going to be sick of eating it by the time it ruins.
Luckily I have a rice maker so typically I just make some rice and use store bought side dishes from containers (or if I make kimchi dumplings, green onion pancakes etc) for a side for dinner. It’s fairly easy. Sometimes I’ll make spaghetti and just make an entire box so I have spaghetti for lunch for 2-3 days.
kind of an odd set of choices for a ‘choose one’ type poll, but i’ll bite…
i cook for my partner and i and endeavor to cook as close to what we’ll eat in that one meal as possible. he doesn’t care for leftovers (with a few exceptions) and i don’t really like eating dinner foods for lunch. it’s taken awhile but i’m pretty good at it now.
i also wouldn’t say i improvise “a lot” but i do usually change or add a couple things based on what we like and/or have on hand to use up. i cook often so at this point i use most recipes as a guide/safety blanket. if it’s something i haven’t made before and we’ve not eaten anything similar i do try to follow as closely as possible the first time to get an accurate reading of whether it’s a good recipe/something we like/would make again.