What’s the one item in your kitchen you can’t possibly cook without? A spice, your grandma’s measuring cup, instant ramen — what’s your magic ingredient, and why?
To quote that inestimable goose, Mr. Ping, and adoptive father of Master Po the Panda in Kung Fu Panda, “there is no secret ingredient” (with the inflection on the “is” 🙂 ).
Imagination is the magic ingredient in my kitchen. A willingness (and patience) to push the boundaries of taste is essential in the culinary arts. You can’t bottle it, buy it, or patent it.
Imagination puts a spin on the conventional. It is the difference between saying, “I’m going to spice up my vegetable soup by adding enoki mushrooms and garbanzo beans”, “I’m going to make a bed of risotto with coconut sauce, shallots, and shiitake mushrooms” or “I’m going to use mango salad dressing on my sweet-and-sour pork and veggies” instead of “I’ll have the same old, same old.”
With imagination, I’m not just winging it at the local grocer by willy-nilly purchasing whatever spices go on sale and/or catch my fancy. Although I have been guilty as charged of engaging in those behaviours on (rare) occasion.
- Daily Prompt: Ingredients (dailypost.wordpress.com)