Timing your cooking
When I am not following a recipe, which is most of the time, I noticed that I have stopped paying attention to when I start something, such as; the chicken went on the grill at 7:45, it should be done around 8:30, or, the beans just came to a boil, ten more minutes..... I used to pay attention to cooking times for everything, now I rarely do. I'm not really sure when I stopped, but it came to mind this weekend, especially last night when I was cooking corn on the cob, chicken thighs and thick cut french fries all on the grill from raw to finish. I realized that I paid no attention to when anything was put on, then said to myself, so what?
Maybe it started when I got a grill that was much hotter then my previous ones, so times went out the window. Maybe it started when I adopted a; I'll eat when it's done, attitude, rather than a specific time things had to be done and served. Somewhere along the way I have started cooking by feel, making adjustments along the way to have everything done at once. I'm not really sure if that's good or bad, because it would be nice to have a time associated with how long something takes to cook. Now I would have to consciously make an effort to remember to time something if I wanted to know.
So, who cooks by clock? Who cooks by feel? Is one way better than the other?
Give us this day our daily bacon.