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Old 01-25-2013, 12:45 PM   #1
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Do you ever throw random spices into a meal?

I haven't quite built up my spice cupboard yet, so when I see a recipe I really want... I completely ignore it and just start pouring random things that sound good from my spice cupboard into it.

9/10 times it turns out far better than I think. There's always that once in a while though where it practically makes me throw up and I have to dump it.

How often do you succeed in doing things like this?

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Old 01-25-2013, 12:48 PM   #2
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First of all, if I see a "...recipe I really want...", I make it. Otherwise, why bother looking at recipes. If, after the first time I make a recipe I think it could be better, I experiment. However, not just randomly. I try to figure what flavors will go well in such a dish and try those.
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:52 PM   #3
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Well nothing else incites me to make randomly-spiced food. I don't completely ignore the recipe. I just use what I have of it, and for what I'm missing, I just substitute whatever smells or looks good to me. I never have any real substitutes, so it ends up being a different flavor than was intended by the recipe writer, but it usually turns out good.

Thanks for yelling at me.
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:10 PM   #4
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Well nothing else incites me to make randomly-spiced food. I don't completely ignore the recipe. I just use what I have of it, and for what I'm missing, I just substitute whatever smells or looks good to me. I never have any real substitutes, so it ends up being a different flavor than was intended by the recipe writer, but it usually turns out good.

Thanks for yelling at me.
Sorry you took that as yelling. I was responding to your question by expressing my point of view. I was discussing cooking.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:42 PM   #5
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No. I would never do that when cooking from a reliable recipe. It totally undoes the integrity of the dish.

And when inventing my own dishes , which I usually do, I never use spices or herbs randomly. I am very thoughtful in putting my dishes together.

So, no.
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:25 PM   #6
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NO, THAT WOULD BE CRAZY!! I WOULD NEVER RANDOMLY ADD SPICES!!
Now, that would be yelling.

Actually, I sometimes do experiment with spices and will randomly pour this and that. But I've also ruined many dishes doing that.
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:04 AM   #8
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If I wanted to experiment with some tastes I probably would
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:36 AM   #9
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I grew up with mostly Italian flavors and food. Or your standard American diet. So I use a mixture of Italian seasonings that contains oregano, thyme, rosemary, sage, and parlsey. A little of it goes a long way. I love it in potato salad. Since I don't like cooked celery, I use ground celery seed in soups and stews. I love the flavor that cooked celery gives. the texture turns me right off though. I do not care for Indian foods (curry) or Oriental foods except for American Chiniese. But since the gall bladder attack I no longer eat that. I will use Worcestershire sauce if a recipe calls for it. But I do not put steak sauce on any of my meats. I will on a rare occassion use MSG on a piece of meat in leiu of salt. I can't use pepper. And it is one of my favorite spices. No, it is my favorite spice. I truly miss it on most of my foods. I have fond memories of my mother mashing my veggies together for me and putting a glob of butter with salt and pepper in there. I will also put about three flakes of red pepper in some dishes. and dry mustard is another of my favorites. I use that in my mac and cheese.
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:42 AM   #10
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I experiment all the time. That's a lot different than RANDOMLY adding herbs and spices to something you are cooking. Random means without plan or forethought. I think about and plan what I cook.
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