“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”…..Yes or no?!
Whenever I cook I feel the need to throw myself into the pan. Figuratively speaking, of course. Whether I’m meant to be strictly following a recipe or attempting to simply copy something I’ve watched my grandmother make for 3000 years, I feel the need to make my version original.
Sometimes that means cooking whatever it is for a longer / shorter amount of time, sometimes it means leaving out selected ingredients and sometimes it means adding in loads of things that have never been used before in that particular dish.
Originality is good. But is it better? Where does my desire to be creative come from? Am I simply seeing if I can improve on the old classic or am I being arrogant and wanting my version to be the best? The one everyone loves the most. The one that people will remember.
Whatever the case, over the years with regards to recipes, I have learnt that the answer to the question “Is the original version the best?” isn’t purely “Yes” or “No”. The answer is actually “Sometimes”. Sometimes the original is better and sometimes the variations are better. However, to further confuse matters, often, people will disagree about what is better and what is not. Our tastebuds all have different opinions!
To get the conversation going, I’ve cooked Rocky Road 3 ways (Original, White Chocolate Cookies and Cream and Mint Chunk.) I want you to have a look at the pictures, imagine the flavour combinations in your head and tell me which one you think is the best!? And why! I know what I think…..
RECIPE 1: Phoodie’s ‘Original’ Rocky Road (See gallery for step by step pictures)
Ingredients (makes approx. 30 pieces)
2 cups mini white and pink marshmallows
350 grams roasted, unsalted peanuts
1 cup desiccated coconut
400 grams dark chocolate
1) Place the marshmallows in a large bowl.