Last Sunday made Nigel Slater's Grilled prawns with yogurt and mint. A lovely recipe, but I am not too fond of the way Nigel measures his ingredients. I can work with grams, cups, ounces, you name it. But what to make of "a couple of handfuls" of prawns? Whose hands? I have tiny hands, my boyfriend has big hands... Using either could effect the results. How much is "a good shake"? How much is one sachet? Are the Dutch sachets the same as the once you buy in the UK? How much is a good dollop (or two)? All we know is that a good sprinkling of turmeric is more than a sprinkling of peppercorns. At least, I think it is.
And, of course, it's all about tasting, but in this recipe you have to put all the ingredients in a blender and I would like to taste the result before I blend everything... Especially with the coconut, if it's too much you can't correct it anymore.
It all worked out fine, but I realised that I personally work better with measurements, it makes me feel more confident about the result.
- Thoughts about recipes