“Recipe” is such a wonky term, isn’t it?
I mean, as Webster describes it, a recipe is “a set of instructions for preparing a particular dish, including a list of the ingredients required.”
But really, a recipe is like all things – movies, songs, books – there is only so much pure originality that can go on in this world. Eventually something is going to be borrowed from something else. But that’s the beauty of it, no? The world works by sharing ideas from one to the next, and then each individual makes its unique tweaks and twods to then make it something different. Even if still similar.
It’s fairly rare that I follow an actual recipe, ingredient for ingredient, step by step. The majority of my meals are created by having scoured
too many a number of recipes and then kind of meshing them all together, or taking one idea and putting it into something of my own. But I wouldn’t necessarily then say I’ve now made a “new” recipe. I’m not quite yet calling myself a “recipe creator,” after all.
But I do get inspiration. I mish and mash. I always make sure I give credit where its due – most definitely if I’ve only tweaked one or two things. I wonder where the line is? How many ingredients do you alter before calling it a new recipe? Hm.
As I was looking at my meals from Monday, I was thinking about the notion of a “recipe” and thought that I would – because this is my
party blog – share my total non-recipe recipes that I used on this particular day.
“Recipe” #1: Grate an entire pear into your pancake batter to create “pear pancakes” – it adds a lovely little crunch and sweetness to each bite.
“Recipe” #2: Combine 1 Tbsp peanut butter powder (yes, I know) with 2 Tbsp almond/regular milk and microwave for 15 seconds to create a “peanut butter sauce.”
“Recipe” #3: Buy chocolate cream cheese.
Okay not as much of a recipe. But do it.
Pear pancakes (regular pancakes with grated pear through batter) + chocolate cream cheese + peanut butter sauce + blueberries and pear
The pancakes were leftover from the weekend, and were all the boy’s creation. So that’s where the real credit lies. But look at that poooooool of chocolatey nutty goodness. That…that was all me.
“Recipe” #4: Roast a spaghetti squash, mix the insides with 1/4 cup cottage cheese and marinara sauce. Top with spinach, crumbled protein of choice and grated cheese. Reheat for a super easy “lasagna stuffed spaghetti squash.”
Spaghetti Squash stuffed with cottage cheese, marinara, spinach, ground turkey and more cheeeeese
… sometimes snacks don’t need recipes.
Oh but hey, this guy really does have recipes. Many, actually.
“Recipe” #5: Do not eat as you are literally running through a door. You may trip. Or run into it.
Now here is my real question. Are salads really “recipes?” I mean, yes, they are, because someone needs to come up with the idea of ingredients and dressing. But I, for one, feel a titch silly showcasing one of my salad creations as a “recipe” because it is really just throwing leftovers into a bowl. But slap on some (super necessary) instructions and by dammit, Webster calls it a recipe. For this one, I got my inspiration from something I had in a restaurant months ago, but made enough tweaks that I’ve decided I will now call it my own. Really, I’m just loving it so much right now that I wanted to share.
I’m even going to put in measurements. Because I’m a professional. Even though I’m basically making them up. Shhhhhh.
3-4 cups romaine lettuce
1 chicken breast or thigh, cooked and shredded
1/4 cup quinoa, cooked
1/4 cup corn
1/2 tomato, chopped
1/4 cup feta, crumbled
Cilantro to garnish
1 Tbsp your favourite BBQ sauce
1 Tbsp your favourite Ranch dressing
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
Cook chicken by preferred method (I prefer in a slow cooker with a small layering of chicken stock for extra moisture). Cook 1/4 cup dry quinoa in 1/2 cup water, turned to boil and then left to simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
Place shredded chicken, quinoa and all salad ingredients on top a bed of romaine. Stir together dressing ingredients. Drizzle over salad and garnish with cilantro.
Okay nowwww I feel silly. “Place all salad ingredients on top a bed of romaine…..” Oie vey.
Recipe #7: When you are fatigued from all your labourous recipe making (sweat sweat pant pant), gladly accept the piece of cake your partner brings over. Don’t even try to call it your own. Just eat it and smile.
Carrot cake + blueberries + single piece of chocolate
…because I have a complete inability to end my night without chocolate.
Whether you call it a recipe or not; whether it is your own or a collection of a few…throw some things together, pay dues where they need to be paid, and feel grateful for being able to take part in the great circle of
life recipe creation. Thanks to Jenn and her fabulous hosts for giving us a space to do so.
How many ingredients do you change before calling it “your own” recipe?
What delicious “recipe” did you create today!?