November recipe conversion challenge: Post your interests in converting favorite dishes to local foods, vegetarian or vegan versions. We will brainstorm a recipe and throw it back at you. Just for fun. First 4 inquiries.
Is there something better than "perfect science" in the kitchen? How about the fun of improvisation. This totally experential type of cooking adapts to the moment. Every recipe is either created new or revised to better fit the moment. No recipe is ever the same twice because every day has different circumstances. Why should it be? Perhaps the moment is inspired by a basket of local food from the farmer's market. Perhaps it is adapting to the food needs and tastes of a friend. Maybe it is the romantic notion of seasonal food dishes. Other times it is a journey into another place and time. Instead of arm chair traveling, how about dinner table cultural odysseys? You do the best you can with the knowledge you have. And everyone has a good time.
If your goal is exotic cuisine, or simply rearranging the food at hand, this approach to food is fun. Cooking outside the book, the cookbook, this is the best!
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