A note about quantities, as promised

You might have noticed that we’re not really giving accurate quantities in the ‘recipes’ that form the ‘Last Nights Dinner’ entries on this blog. There are a number of reasons for this.

The first relates to the initial inspiration for Earth to Plate, as outlined in the ‘About’ page. We’re writing this in an attempt to illustrate the kinds of things vegetarians eat – or, at least, what us vegetarians at ETP Towers regularly tuck into. The meal ideas we feature should act as inspiration – a starting point – but not as a set of rules that are meant to be followed to the letter.

Working on various magazines in the past where food has played an integral part of the content, we do also know a thing or two about what’s possible when writing about and photographing food. We’ve spent many hours at food shoots as photographers tweak lighting and stylists primp lettuce and fuss over the choice of plate. It’s a technical business. We’ve also spent long hours in recipe development meetings with nutritional advisors and food editors, ensuring that each recipe fulfils certain editorial and nutritional criteria. We’ve sent off recipes to experts who own specialist software that can crunch down on each specific amount of ingredient and suck out the exact amount of carbs, fat and sodium it contains. It’s an exact science – and time consuming.

At ETP we’re not trying to compete with all that expertise. We couldn’t. We’re just enjoying our home cooking and wanting to share it with you. Neither do we know how many you’re cooking for. We usually cook for two; others might prefer recipes that cater for six hungry mouths. Then again, sometimes we make larger portions and save some. You might prefer larger or smaller portions than us, or you might like it spicier, or milder, or want a soup thicker, or looser, or creamier, or more tangy. There are so many variations.

And so we’ve opted for the unscientific approach and we’re not measuring quantities. We hope it doesn’t hinder your enjoyment of the blog. And we hope it doesn’t stop you trying out some of the ideas. We think cooking is as much about experimenting with variations for yourself as it is about following a recipe. But if you do have any specific queries, let us know and we’ll try and answer them.

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3 Comments to “A note about quantities, as promised”

  1. I totally understand where you’re coming from but I am such a recipe-lovin’ girl. 🙂 I tracked down the original recipe for your leek and white bean salad because I was so smitten by it. And it was delish, by the way.

    I yearn to be able to whip up dinner out of nothing, but until then I explore different recipes, changing things along the way. 🙂

    • Well, we may change our policy at some point – time restraints notwithstanding. We quite like simply throwing things in a pot and tend to judge quantities based on experience. No good for baking, of course! But then again we don’t bake that often. Thanks for the comments and hope you enjoyed the bean recipe.

  2. I tend to be very approximate with amounts even I’m following a recipe and they’re supplied, so I fully endorse this vague approach…

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