Balancing against my recipe pet peeves these are some of the things that to me make a good recipe (in no particular order):
- The opposite of my pet peeves, so clear ingredients, cooking temperatures, calories etc.
- Recipes that give alternatives if there is a tricky ingredient. It might caution that the taste might not be quite the same but I figure it is then my decision.
- Not too many ingredients. As a single I find if the list of ingredients is long then it is going to be too expensive or involve food that I am not going to use again for quite awhile and is therefore likely to go off and be wasted.
- Recipes that give you the total time from start to finish. I find some recipes give prep and cooking time but miss the time the food is marinating. The best recipes give you the whole picture.
- Recipes that have only a few ingredients that somehow manage to make a delicious beautiful meal. Combining flavours is a real talent (one I certainly haven’t mastered!)
- Recipes that give accurate nutritional counts so I can tell at a glance if it is worth me trying for regular use. There are lots of lovely recipes out there but I am always on the look out for low calorie recipes that I can cook on a regular basis to keep my weight under control.
But one of my favourite things in a recipe that has nothing to do with the actual cooking is the back story and commentary. I love Nigella Lawson’s chatty style. She has a lovely pasta recipe for one with anchovies that she says she makes when she doesn’t have to worry about fussy anchovy people and often comments on old family tricks. I also like that skinnytaste often gives a bit of a history behind the recipe and what the family thought of it. I like getting even just a fleeting glimpse of the person behind the recipe.