Something to Think About

"I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Recipe Pet-peeve

Okay, people.  This has been bothering me long enough.  It's time I said something.

When you try an online recipe and change some of the ingredients to suit yourself, that's fine. However, if you change so much of the original recipe that you are no longer making the same thing - DO NOT ACT LIKE YOU MADE THE RECIPE.  You didn't.  You did your own thing based on it. IT IS NOT THE SAME THING.

Don't make a comment on the recipe saying you liked the recipe or you didn't because you did not make the recipe! That is all I ask.

I just saw someone post a recipe on Facebook for a Hot & Sour Vegetable Soup.  Her friend said she was going to make just the broth part of the recipe.

So - here are the ingredients for the broth part of the soup:

1 Tbsp canola oil
1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
4 green onions
 6 cups vegetable broth
 ½ Tbsp soy sauce (or more to taste)
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp chili garlic sauce

Now, here is her comment after she made it:

Ok just made the broth with half veg broth, half chicken broth I made last night, frank's hot sauce (I don't like sriracha) regular white vinegar, and some ground ginger.  IT'S THE BOMB!

Okay, but here is the difference:

1 Tbsp canola oil
1 Tbsp grated fresh ground ginger
4 green onions
6 3 cups vegetable broth
3 cups chicken broth
½ Tbsp soy sauce (or more to taste)
1.5-2 Tbsp rice white vinegar
1 Tbsp chili garlic sauce Frank's hot sauce 

So, yeah.  What she made was similar but it isn't the same. So, it's fine to mention the changes she made and that she enjoyed it but it would be misleading for her to say the recipe is a good one because she didn't make it.

You find this all the time online!  It's maddening!

Here's a comment on a chocolate cookie recipe:
"Great recipe! I followed it with some exceptions: I used a mixture of bittersweet, semisweet, and white chocolate; before chilling for 36 hours, I formed smaller than golfball-size balls and placed them in a large covered bowl (cannot imagine how hard it would be to work with the chilled, unformed dough); baked them on parchment lined baking sheets for 10 minutes before sprinkling a tiny pinch of flaked sea salt, then baked 5 minutes more."

On an Irish stew recipe (note: the original recipe called for a cup of white wine and no beer):
"Very good recipe. I did tweak quite a bit. Scaled recipe for 6 servings and made the following changes: 1/2 lb bacon, 2 lbs lamb steaks, 1 onion divided, 1 Tbsp brown sugar, no thyme ,1/2 cup red wine to deglaze pan Then threw everything in crock pot after browning and sauteing and deglazing, cooked on low 4 hrs added 1 Cup or so Guinness, cooked another hour, stirred in fresh, chopped parsley and served with Irish brown soda bread."

You get the idea.

So, to re-cap, if you are altering the recipe to the extent that it is unrecognizable, don't make a comment about the original recipe. It is misleading to those of us who want opinions about the original recipe!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

In search of the perfect calendar...

It's that time of year.  Time to find a new calendar for my wall at work.

First, a little background.  For years, I would use whatever free calendar I could find for my wall at work.  Many companies we do business with have their own calendars that they send to us, so I have quite a few to choose from. Thing is, they are all rather... boring.

So, I decided to find something I would prefer to look at.  I chose an Anne Taintor calendar one year. This year's has drawings by Edward Gorey. There were other such calendars.  Mostly cartoons or humor of some nature.

This year, I went to Amazon, my store of choice, to look for a new one for 2017.  I had a vague notion that I wanted one featuring the Addams Family but there aren't any.  I started a search and refined it to calendars for 2017 and wall calendars. 1785 choices!  Wow.

I debated narrowing it down to humor/cartoons but decided just to start looking through the pages.  Perhaps I want photos this year and I don't want to limit myself to only "humorous" calendars.

Well, you would be amazed what I have found so far.

Yes. There are the usual cat and dog calendars, calendars featuring scenes from movies and television shows, calendars of other animals, landscapes, artistic works, and celebrities.  Then there are the others.

There is a calendar with pictures of dogs pooping. No lie.
There are goats in trees. I've no idea why they are in the trees.
Pocket pigs. Wee little pigs.
Cow Yoga. - Cows in yoga poses. (and other animals in yoga poses, as well)
Hot Dudes Reading. - What it sounds like.  A bunch of men reading.
Shoes. - Just shoes.
Trout of North America - Sounds a bit fishy to me...
Pumpkin the Raccoon - That's the raccoon's name. It is not a calendar of pumpkins with raccoons.
I Could Pee On This Calendar - I presume the kitten on the cover is the one who could do that, not the author.
Outhouses - Why?
and finally, the 2017 Carp calendar - notable because of the nearly naked models posing with the fish.  (In fact, when I first saw the cover picture, I was confused. All I saw was the woman, not the carp.)

Well, I think I've seen it all now.  I'm reconsidering the boring landscapes.


Update:  I eventually settled on the Every Days a Holiday calendar.