I love to cook. I wasn’t taught how, I learned by watching my mom move around the kitchen when I was a kid, and by trial and error. I throw a bunch of shit together and see if I like it. If I do, I make it again. If I don’t, I’ll either change some of the ingredients or scrap the idea all together. If I had my druthers, I’d rather work from a recipe than from a bunch of ingredients piled up on the counter, so at least I’d know I was using the right amounts of everything, but some of my favorite dishes I’ve made are stuff I’ve literally made up on the spot, tasting as I went along to see if it was too salty, too sweet, too spicy, etc. One of my favorite things to make are pasta salads, since they’re essentially foolproof. A particular variation I make a lot over the summer uses baby spinach, olive oil, and Balsamic vinegar. I prefer salads that don’t use mayonnaise, only because I hate mayonnaise 99% of the time, and in pasta/potato salads, it gets too gloppy, and I can’t stand that.
Do you enjoy cooking? Do you prefer working from a recipe or do you like just pulling random things off the shelf to see what you come up with?