Saw the recipe. Thought it sounded good.
Made the recipe using ingredients I had on hand. Ingredients that were close enough to those listed in the recipe.
Didn’t have apple cider, so used pomegranate juice instead. Most of a small bottle.
Didn’t have the specific aromatic spices required so substituted Penzey’s mulling spices. Put about a teaspoon of them in a tea ball, so I wouldn’t have to strain the mess through cheesecloth later.
Lazy, but thinking ahead.
Didn’t have a clementine in the house. Contemplated using a grapefruit, that was in the house, but decided that the tanginess of the pomegranate juice would not be improved with grapefruit zest in this recipe.
Also, I’m a messy zester, thus it came to be that no citrus was added.
Didn’t have any fresh ginger, so used crystallized ginger. Two pieces.
Didn’t have the requisite amount of castor sugar, so used the end of the cane sugar in the bottom of the sugar bowl. About three tablespoons.
Put tea ball with spices into juice in a saucepan. Brought the mess to a boil, allowing it to simmer on the stove top for a while. Took out tea ball, added sugar. Mixed mess around until sugar dissolved, then let sweetened mess simmer on very low heat until it thickened into a syrup.
Delicious, drizzled on fresh fruit salad. Or added, a splash at time, to a glass of red wine.
Vaguely adhered to.
The friend’s response?
Shock + dismay that I didn’t follow the recipe as written, but a request for the recipe exactly as I made it.
As if I have any idea… 🙄
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QUESTION OF THE DAY
Do you follow recipes precisely as written OR do you wing it as you go along?
And how does that work out for you?