Essentials Day 4: Recipe Development

Well, today was the most exciting day, in a nervous way.  The entire week, we have been hearing that today would be a huge learning experience, and boy were the instructors right.  It was all about recipe development.  This meant that we all brought in two recipes that we made up on our own, one for a soup and one for a dressing, and then we had to go make them and try to fix anything that might be wrong.  Going into the day, I was super nervous and was hoping that my recipes would not be chosen for my group to do.  Just writing a recipe down without testing it out is super scary! I kept asking myself whether a cup and a half of lime juice was way too much or if dumping a full cup of olive oil into a dressing was a good idea.  I ended up deciding to try to make a cream of mushroom soup and a lime ginger dressing with cilantro, and I only saw both recipes ending up as piles of hot mess in a blender.

In class, when we got down to it, and our head instructor, Roe, was explaining what we were going to do and she picked an example dressing.  At random, she decided to make up this imaginary dressing of lime, ginger, and cilantro! I kid you not, it was exactly the example she chose to make in her head.  At that point, I had a feeling that my dressing recipe would be picked, because it was too much of a coincidence.  And what do you know? It was!

I was horrified at first, but my awesome french partner was on board with almost all parts of the recipe, so we just went for it.  After we had added all the ingredients, I couldn’t believe it.  It actually tasted good–I had made something palatable from just my imagination! Of course it needed a little tweaking, a little salt here, a little oil there, but all in all, it turned out to be successful.  The only fault was that it wasn’t thick enough, but  I had so much confidence in my abilities after the experience that I wanted to try another attempt at it to make it perfect. Luckily, my soup wasn’t picked.  But again, we had to really flavor balance the soup, and ended up with things that people would actually drink.

Here is the dressing!

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These weren’t my soups, but the decorations were so beautiful, I just had to take pictures.  They tasted so delicious too!

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At lunch, they had a teaser for the pastry course (which I wish I could attend so badly it hurts) and set out examples of their desserts.  Let me tell you something: it was a sight to behold.  Where or not they were cooked–which, of course, they weren’t–I wanted to eat every single plate.  It is such  a good business model, because they said they could only tell you how they were made if you took the class.  Oh well, I can come back to learn their secrets later.  Maybe it is good, because the desserts are the only part of raw food that is not so good for you.

Here are just a few of the desserts that they had out on display.

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At the end of the day, I realized that I really had grown.  I feel really excited to go out and make my own recipes.  It seems like such a daunting thing if you haven’t done it before, but once you just do it, you know that you can only get better at it.

A couple things that I learned today:

  1. Just have faith in your abilities–it is just food!  There will almost always be a way you can your recipes if they start going astray.  Once you know the ingredients, you will most likely be able to put them in an edible form (at the very least) when you combine them.  Today, the moment I tasted my dressing come together, I felt incredibly empowered.  So have faith at least that the ingredients will come together.
  2. Listen to yourself and your consciousness, because you truly know what is best for you.  After class, I went out with some of the other women in the class to study for our final test, and one woman was telling me how whenever she listens to herself and her higher consciousness, that is when great things happen for her–wonderful recipes as well as career success.
  3. If you don’t want to add salt, but your dish needs something, try adding lemon.
  4. Working in groups is hard sometimes! Some people want things done exactly the way they want it done, while others might have a conflicting vision.  It is important to be open and honest and just try to create harmony as much as possible so everyone can work together.  If everyone is at least someone happy and satisfied, you can still create a final product.


I hope you all have a wonderful day, because I know I did.  It is important to have confidence in yourself and your abilities.  We are usually our toughest critic, and while sometimes it is a good thing, we shouldn’t tear ourselves down or limit ourselves.  Without this newfound confidence in myself, I might have never branched out to try creating something of my own.  And who knows where that could lead me!  Anyways, we all have something to bring to the table, so never forget how awesome you are.


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