Cook Without A Recipe

Cooking Without a RecipeThe other day I found that I didn’t have the normal supplies to make a meal. So, I decided to take the knowledge passed down to me by my Great Grandmother to cook without a recipe. In this video you’ll see how I did that.

The goal is to make a meal that targets all 5 tastes : sweet, bitter, salty, savory and sour. In doing so, I was able to turn a few random ingredients into a yummy soup.

All of the terms I use here came from my grandmother, so don’t attack me culinary experts 🙂

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Cooking Terms Used

Mirepoix – 2 times as many onions as celery and carrots. Aromatic flavor base used to make soups and sauces.

Parsley – Used to brighten flavors and add bitterness

Thyme – Used to brighten flavors as well. I have a sour / peppery version and another that is lemony sweet

Sage – Brightens savory tastes and adds bitterness

Basil – Brightens savory tastes while adding sweetness and peppery taste. Also a menthol (Grandma’s Term) that opens the nasal passages.

Pesto – 1 cup basil, 1 clove of garlic, 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup parmesan

Savory stuff – Lentils, Pesto, Rice, Olive Oil, Parmesan

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