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Old 03-20-2015, 02:14 PM   #1
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Beware of recipes on the Internet

Saw some Amalfi lemons in the greengrocers this afternoon so after discussion with the owner bought one to try.

Had a look on-line for recipes and found a recipe for lemon tart. Said recipe involves a 9inch pastry case with a filling which, requires 6 Amalfi lemons, 4 whole eggs plus NINE egg yolks and half a pound each of butter and sugar.

And how many does this tart serve? It quite clearly states "Serves 2" !!!!

And immediately prior to serving you are instructed to sieve "ice flour" over the filling and grill until bubbling. I can only assume that this means icing sugar as rice flour wouldn't work and I can't find any reference to "ice flour" on google.

I think this is a lesson in taking internet recipes with a pinch of salt. It was on an apparently reliable cookery channel site too!
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Old 03-20-2015, 02:58 PM   #2
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I've had the same type of experiences with poor recipes on the internet. Every website and blogger who post's Julia Child's recipe for French onion soup has a different version of the actual recipe in her cookbook.
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Old 03-20-2015, 06:15 PM   #3
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Being new at all this, I've had much more success with cookbook recipes than the ones I find online.

I have no grand desire to pay for things I can get for free, so online recipes - I was all about them. When it doesn't work out, though, I can't be sure if it was me or the recipe, so I'm sticking with cookbooks for the most part. Having a decent selection meant plunking down a big (for me) chunk of cash on eBay and amazon, but I'm glad I have them.
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Old 03-20-2015, 07:10 PM   #4
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I try to use the Rocklobster method, I read 4 or 5 recipes for the item I'm interested in and come up with my own version.

Anybody heard from that lobster lately, I miss his posts!

I hope all is well in his end of the ocean!
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Old 03-20-2015, 07:57 PM   #5
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I try to use the Rocklobster method, I read 4 or 5 recipes for the item I'm interested in and come up with my own version.

Anybody heard from that lobster lately, I miss his posts!

I hope all is well in his end of the ocean!
I tend to use that method too.

Yeah, I wonder what he's up to. I haven't seen him here since I came back. I miss his posts too.
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Old 03-20-2015, 08:26 PM   #6
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Didn't we just have such a problem the other day? The recipe called for self rising flour for bread making. An experienced cook would have questioned that immediately.

At least new cooks know to look for forums such as ours to seek advice and gain know-how. And the very best advice any of us can give them is this thread. We often give several versions of solutions for their questions. But in the end it is an education that they are getting. There is more than one way to skin a cat as the saying goes. And we as a whole, show them all the ways to go about it.
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Old 03-20-2015, 08:29 PM   #7
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I also collect several versions of a recipe and compare them. Then I make a composite recipe to cook from.

Cookbooks tend to be more reliable as the recipes are tested a written. You can't count on every person with a website to check and recheck recipes and test their preparation then their transcription to the internet.

If I'm looking for a special recipe, I search reputable websites and ignore blogs. I have found some very good recipes from blogs but that's more haphazard and I hate the way most blogs are structured so I avoid them.
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I tend to use that method too.

Yeah, I wonder what he's up to. I haven't seen him here since I came back. I miss his posts too.
The last time he posted was February 19 of this year. So he hasn't been gone too long.
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I try to use the Rocklobster method, I read 4 or 5 recipes for the item I'm interested in and come up with my own version.

Anybody heard from that lobster lately, I miss his posts!

I hope all is well in his end of the ocean!
I usually do the same, and rarely use a cookbook anymore.

I heard from Rocklobster a while ago and he was fine but really busy. I miss him too.
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Old 03-20-2015, 09:36 PM   #10
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I also collect several versions of a recipe and compare them. Then I make a composite recipe to cook from.

Cookbooks tend to be more reliable as the recipes are tested a written. You can't count on every person with a website to check and recheck recipes and test their preparation then their transcription to the internet.

If I'm looking for a special recipe, I search reputable websites and ignore blogs. I have found some very good recipes from blogs but that's more haphazard and I hate the way most blogs are structured so I avoid them.
When I have looked at blogs, I find a lot of typos and missing ingredients in the recipes. I also notice that they haven't tested their recipe more than once. Some times they mention how the recipe came about due to an accident. There's nothing wrong with that. But did they do the recipe more than once or twice with the same results? And the blogs go on and on about their lives. Tell me about the food. I don't care where you and your girlfriends had lunch.

When a publisher decides to publish a cookbook, they have along with the author, a lot of folks to test each and every recipe to make sure it works in the home kitchen. They don't have kids underfoot, have to stop everything to take the kids to soccer ball practice. The folks who work on the recipes are experienced cooks who do this for a living. I can't ever recall finding a recipe in a cookbook that had something wrong with it.
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