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How Do You Choose New Recipes to Try?

How do you go about deciding what new recipes you will try? Probably some will choose a photo in a magazine. Certainly a photo provides instant appeal or repulsion, but does an image present an accurate portrayal of what a dish will taste like?

Although color and appearance of food factors in, is it the controlling influence over whether you would like or dislike a particularly recipe, when you put a forkful into your mouth?

Or do you go by word of mouth? A friend or relative or a so-called food authority must predetermine what you would like or dislike in cuisine before you will try it?

It may be money plays a deciding factor. You can or cannot afford the ingredients making up the recipe. So you either modify it or avoid it, depending.

As for me, I mentally go over the combination of ingredients, playing one ingredient off the other to predetermine if I wish to try, avoid, or modify a recipe before preparing it. (Oh, and I must keep cost down!)

Color is minimal to me. Tastes dictate the avoidance of certain flavor/texture combinations in any recipe I will try. For instance, the idea of combining green beans and almonds is foreign to my thinking. Once I was served noodles with nutmeg (I had no choice, but to eat). I avoid tomatoes with potatoes, eggs, or fish. I'd much prefer a butter sauce, cheese sauce, or perhaps even a cream sauce with fish, toast or meat with eggs, and beef, lamb, turkey, chicken, or eggs with potatoes.

"Oh, look how beautiful" that food looks... Nope! Not impressed. Or, look at all those delicious bits of veggies and meat rolled up in that piece of dough... ("Here, Rover! Good boy. Enjoy!")

So I repeat, knowing you doubtless have different preferences leading to differing deciding factors, how do you determine what new recipes to try?

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Kasman wrote on February 23, 2019, 9:52 AM

My personal chef makes all those decisions. I eat what's placed in front of me!

MegL wrote on February 23, 2019, 11:21 AM

The recipes I try are dictated by my husband's preferences. I will eat almost anything (almost), he has certain well defined likes and dislikes. Mind you, those have changed recently now that he is on the new diet from the book, "Breaking the vicious cycle". We haven't had any form of potatoes for 6 weeks now and that's a record, especially in Northern Ireland!

MegL wrote on February 23, 2019, 11:33 AM

LOL, my husband has taken over the chefing, now we are on the new diet. I am quite happy. Our meals are plain and fresh. Tuesday and Wednesday we had fish (salmon, then hake) with broccoli or brussels and carrots plus a side dish of onions, red peppers and tinned crushed tomatoes. Thursday we had a chicken stirfry and Friday we had a sirloin steak with carrots, brussels and the tinned tomato with onions and red pepper side dish. Every lunch time we have an omelette with red peppers, courgettes (Zucchini) and sliced whole tomatoes. Over the weekend it will be mince (ground beef) made into a bolognese type sauce with carrots, peppers and passata. That will do us 2 days. The last recipes I tried were oven baked chicken meatballs from Bailey Sissoms and 24carrotdiet's bolognese sauce, quebec style (but that site is down at the minute). Both of those are items I would already have cooked but they were a new version and sounded tasty, so I tried them and they have now become favourites.

VinceSummers wrote on February 23, 2019, 1:54 PM

The CORRECT answer.

VinceSummers wrote on February 23, 2019, 1:56 PM

Good grief! I thought he had a health issue... Sounds like he's on top of his game.

VinceSummers wrote on February 23, 2019, 1:57 PM

Does this make you a communist (just kidding here...)?

MegL wrote on February 24, 2019, 11:31 AM

He does have a health issue, that's why he has taken over all the cooking! Must think I am trying to poison him, LOL. He is on a special diet, from the book "Breaking The Vicious Cycle". When you tell people you can't eat bread, rice, potatoes, cookies, cakes or candy they look at you as if you were going to starve. One person actually said "Life wouldn't be worth living!" But you can see from our week's menus that we are eating very well.

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VinceSummers wrote on February 24, 2019, 12:48 PM

This reminds me of the South Beach Diet. That actually worked for me. If I'd stuck with it I'd probably be svelte! But... well, how else to put it? I'm fat.

MegL wrote on February 24, 2019, 1:18 PM

LOL. He NEEDS to stick with this diet, so I am on it too. And we are definitely NOT starving. I think it is close to the Paleo diet.

VinceSummers wrote on February 24, 2019, 2:18 PM

I'll look this up.