During my three-plus weeks on a plant-based diet, Iíve learned some new things about cooking, and some of them have nothing to do with the diet itself, but instead come from (a) reading directions that are just the slightest bit vague, and (2) having to interpret them.
Hereís an example. When youíre cutting down a recipe that claims to serve six (I donít know six people who would show up to eat my cooking, especially lately), itís fine to cut the basic ingredients in half (three is enough), but when youíre making the sauce (if thereís sauce), donít cut anything, especially the liquids. If you do, you donít get half the sauce. You get sauce with half the flavor.
The reason I didnít learn this before, I think, is that I always shied away from complicated recipes. If it had more than five ingredients, I thought twice. If it had more than seven or eight, I turned the page. Now, because Iíve been trying to follow the menu plan in the book as closely as possible during the trial period, Iíve been branching out and trying more new things. So: Iíve learned.
Iíve also learned how to pronounce ďquinoa.Ē It says it right there on the label: Say ďKEEN-wah.Ē Although, when it was a clue on Jeopardy earlier this week, Alex Trebek pronounced it that way and also gave the pronunciation Iíve been using, in my previous ignorance: ďkwi-NO-ah.Ē However you say it, I just hope it keeps as well as cooked rice, because it cooks up big and fluffy and there was an awful lot left over when I made it tonight. Iím sure itíll be fine. Itís the holy grain of the Incan warriors, you know. (Thatís straight from the book.)