The same goes for cooking. After all, cooking is another form of art. I think we forget that sometimes. We can follow a recipe and duplicate someone else's masterpiece (or dogs playing poker print). Or we can make it our own, adding unexpected strokes of bold colors or flavors.....making it three dimensional instead of flat. Sweet potatoes are already sweet, so instead of adding sugar and cream, I like to round them out a little by tossing them with cinnamon, chili powder, salt and cumin and roasting them in the oven. It doesn't make a dessert-like dish but a side with depth, a touch of sweet, with a tickle of salt and spice.
With summer upon us, and the colors of the garden to inspire me, I have been playing with adding herbs in unexpected ways to my everyday cooking. Not where you expect to find them, like basil in my pasta sauce....but in desserts. A little color and texture to please the eye and tickle the palate.
Now, you must know that I'm not very good at following directions when it comes to cooking. Maybe I want to be an original artist and not a forger of a masterpiece. Maybe I'm just a rebel. I don't know. I just can't seem to take simple directions and follow them without tweaking them in some way. I used to collect cookbooks and peruse them for fun. It just isn't fun anymore though. Recently, I've found myself glancing through those same beloved cookbooks, and throwing them aside in frustration. "That's just not what I'm looking for. Oh, forget it, I'll just wing it!"
my lips will glorify you.