[Sca-cooks] Recipe Deal Breakers
Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius
adamantius1 at verizon.net
Fri Jun 6 17:12:07 PDT 2008
On Jun 6, 2008, at 7:22 PM, Laureen Hart wrote:
> I have a really low tolerance for "fiddly" cooking.
Does this mean "labor-intensive per unit"?
> Our mate Zillah can spend hours making cookies where you roll and
> cut 2
> sides, put filling in the middle, and seal the pieces together. She
> done this for feasts...4 or 5 hours of little fiddly cookies. I can
> barely be brought to roll out a single layer and cut out shapes. Smash
> it in a pan and make bar cookies I say!
Scots shortbread rules!
> I like a good soup/pottage/stew. I am willing to make the base from
> scratch, roast the veggies and meat separately, precook the grain or
> whatever. But if you want it to be decorative, or anything not "hacked
> to gobbetts", I am not your girl. I can be coerced to work on fiddly
> a feast, but not at home.
50 million or more French grannies throughout history couldn't be
wrong [about food]... ;-)
> I have nothing but admiration for those of you who make "pretty food"
> since most pretty food is fiddly.
I have what might be regarded as an interesting take on this. I don't
do pretty food either, not actively, but I used to get raises and
promotions on the strength of the appearance of my work. It's probably
fiddly, but I like reasonable attention to be paid to things like
knife work, stuffed dumplings that don't burst open in cooking, smooth
sauces where applicable, but it's not because I want it to be pretty;
it's a way of making it cook evenly, taste better and have a better
mouth feel. If it's pretty, well, cool, whatever, I have no problem,
but I'm not doing 600 cute, whimsical little chickadees out of
starfruit. A fine chiffonade of flat parsley or chervil, OTOH, tastes
good, feels nice in a bite of food, and, well, yeah, I guess it's
pretty, too. <shrug>
"Most men worry about their own bellies, and other people's souls,
when we all ought to worry about our own souls, and other people's
-- Rabbi Israel Salanter
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