Do you ever find yourself wanting to break free from the confines of a recipe, and see what happens? It might be a phase I’m in, but lately I’ve been finding I like to ‘wing it’ in the kitchen frequently.
Recently I made some quinoa, sweet potato, masala patties (which turned out great, really flavorful, although my daughter thought they might have been a little too sweet for her). I decided I wanted to mix it up, so I tried red lentils and spinach, with the same spices. These were just as delicious.
Last night, I decided to toss in small orange cubes (about 1/2 inch) into a salad of arugula and pistachios, and gave it a good toss (so some of the orange bits would juice up a bit). Then, I added a little bit of flash-grilled, lean roast beef. Instead of cold, deli roast beef I’ve used in salad recipes, I thought I would warm it to see how that worked over the arugula. I also left off the dressing and instead drizzled a little bit of olive oil, and a small amount (tablespoon) or freshly chopped sage over the top as well. A friend came by after work and we gobbled this salad up pretty quickly!
I love cooking in my kitchen better than going out to restaurants because at home you have the freedom to create whatever you like.
So, use a recipe, don’t use a recipe, or modify it.
Just let your imagination help you to find new ingredients you haven’t ever thought of pairing before. See see what magic happens!