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A small knob of experience

I've noticed that American recipes tend to be very precise about measurements, whereas recipes from other cultures are more "analog". They use phrases like "a small knob of butter" and "a small piece of ginger root, peeled and sliced".

The assumption is that you've either cooked something like this before, or you've watched someone cook, and you know about how big a small piece of ginger root would be. As opposed to the large pieces you use for other purposes.

It's cozy, and has a certain reassuring imprecision that "1.5 tablespoons butter" wouldn't have, but it doesn't translate well.

Also, and so that you may benefit from my experience, steaming is not a good way to prepare still-frozen fish fillets. Unless you are very patient. And not hungry.



Mar. 25th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
Oh lordy don't ever try to cook one of my recipes! I'm the most vague recipe-giver-outer ever because I never measure anything. I'm too lazy and I hate dirtying the cups/spoons. Whenever my husband tries to cook one of my meals using my instructions (usually shouted from across the room) he winds up wanting to come over and strangle me.
Mar. 25th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
Hee! I sometimes don't measure exactly, but I usually follow recipes. When I try to make something from memory, I usually leave something out.