I well remember, a few years ago, a squad of Italian "cuisine" experts descended on Melbourne, Oz, with the sole purpose of identifying the genuine Italian restaurants from the pretenders. Apparently to be "authentic" Italian, certain culinary practices needed to be rigidly adhered to. Food had
to be prepared in very specific ways, particular ingredients (no substitutes allowed!) had
to be incorporated in particular dishes!
They were very
scary & intimidating! Would we make the grade? Oh, the anxiety!
Reading some cookbooks, this insistence on the correct way of doing things can be just as intimidating.:
Rice & pasta must be el dente
, or it's wrong & you're a plebeian if you like it a wee bit softer!
Instant lasagna sheets <gasp> are a complete aberration!
You get what I mean! :wink:
OK, this is the place to confess to those politically incorrect culinary things we do in our own kitchens. The short cuts we take. The things we do that we know
are not quite acceptable, but hell, that's how we like it! Bugger the "experts"!
(Oh & it doesn't have to be just about Italian food. Anything you cook or prepare the "wrong" way is fine! )
Go on, tell!