complete disaster cooking

@malpoa (1218)
India
July 22, 2009 12:38am CST
i check out n try new recipes from net...in most of the cases i find the quantity of an ingredient(s) out of proportion. is it that they deliberaletly do this? when i had just started cooking, most of my final products were either lacking something or was having something in excess. with time and practice, i correct a lot now.. have any of you felt the same? y do u think the people who post recipes do so?
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@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
12 Aug 09
Hi malpoa, apart from the basic cake type things where you need to follow the weights of the ingredients and number of eggs, it isn't necessary to follow a recipe exactly. The more confident you get with cooking the more you'll just throw different things in to make it how you like it. If I'm doing Indian food I'll see what the spices are but usually add a lot more as I love hot food.
@malpoa (1218)
• India
10 Sep 09
Sure it is that way and I learned it from my experience. Most of the magazines(local) and cook books give not exact measurements. Now with practice I know what to adjust and when to especially for baking cakes and all...Recently i made a pudding with semolina, it turned out well. But had I cooked it in steam as mentioned in the magazine, it would have been a disaster. I love baking a since we all have sweet tooth, it is quite encouraging when the dessert gets eaten up within minutes hi hi
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
10 Sep 09
Hi Malpoa, thanks for the best response. It's sweet of you to go back and comment on these now you know you don't get alerts
@malpoa (1218)
• India
11 Sep 09
Yes I totally agree with your view and you deserve it. Good day thea
@huaihuai (59)
• China
10 Sep 09
hi.you are very great,because i do not know how to cook now,and i think someday you will be a good cooker.
@malpoa (1218)
• India
11 Sep 09
Practice makes a man perfect or may be near perfect. I know an aunty who tries new dishes/snaks all the time and each one of them turns out as a mouth watering stuff! I often go there to binge on what she makes hi hi. She is around 55 and I know that it is all because of practice and trying new things every now and then. Also reading about food helps a lot. I believe that it is an art, cooking that is.
@wiggins6 (61)
• United States
22 Jul 09
I think that every one has a different taste, for example, I LOVE garlic in my cooking and my husband does not, I can put 1/2 teaspoon if a recipe calls for it, to me it is not enough but to my husband it is too much. So I don't think that the people who post the recipes are trying to sabotage your cooking. They just have the recipe tailored to their individual taste. I hope this helps.
@malpoa (1218)
• India
22 Jul 09
no i dint mean optional ingredient(s) or those which can be altered according to individual taste. i meant important ingredients like say for cake baking powder. if you alter the measurement of baking powder, how will it be a nice one? i will share my first experience in baking. it was quite long ago when i was in 10th standard..i got this recipe of ghee cake. it had mentioned half a kg of ghee, 1 cup flour, lemon rind of 2 lemon!!! n no baking powder, two eggs. cann u imagine how it turned out to be?