I have a friend who is a great baker because she always follows the recipe exactly, down to the last heaping or smoothed tablespoon. Her cakes are always light and fluffy, her bread soft and chewy. Mine… not so much. We have agreed that she’s a better baker because she’s willing to follow things exactly, while my baked goods aren’t predictable because I’m always in such a hurry to follow directions.
On the other hand, while she’s a good cook, I’m a much more creative cook than she is, just because I’m willing to throw caution to the wind and add an extra onion. As she’s a much more cautious cook, her recipes always turn out well, but she doesn’t feel confident in trying variations on a theme.
What kind of cook are you? Do you feel comfortable experimenting? How can you spice up your cooking habits if you’re a cautious cook? What are some safe ways of going crazy in the kitchen?