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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.

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np_complete
Apr. 3rd, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'll try either the baking soda or the coffee grounds. (My sister drinks coffee, so I'll get some grounds from her. These would be used coffee grounds, right? not freshly-ground coffee?)
capemaynuts
Apr. 3rd, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
Used grinds. At our weekend trailer, I keep a open jar of used coffee grinds in the freezer. My hubby stores his bait in there and sometimes that stuff is mega stinky! We have coffee every day, so I can 'recharge' the grinds every few weekends.