I won't mention any names, regulars will know who said this and in which thread.
Someone asked for a recipe for a potato salad they saw in a post. The person replied with:
"Cooked potatoes, hard-boiled egg, onion, dill pickles, all chopped, seasoned with mayo, salt, pepper and, essentially, a dash of the pickling liquid from the dill pickles."
The one who asked said thanks, they will try it. It isn't exactly a recipe, no quantities given, no tips on preparation. But for many people that is not an issue, they've made similar and have a pretty good idea that a potato salad would not have 3 parts dill pickles to one part potato. Actually based on the photo I thought the reddish looking bits were bacon or some such, must be red onion.
It is nice to be at the level where given a list of ingredients one can make a pretty good approximation of something. Actually I just thought of the thread a while back when folks would post a list of ingredients and it was up to us to guess the dish. That was fun for a while.
Of course that is not always the case. I've attempted on several occasions to make arepas, sort of fluffy corn tortillas. I have the right kind of masa, I follow the instructions I've read and seen on various videos, but still don't end up with what I think I should. But I am getting better at them. And as I've mentioned before there is a part of my brain that aggressively blocks from my memory any retention of the proper proportion of flour to fat for pie crust dough. I have to look at the recipe *every* *time*
But in general it is a good feeling to know that it is possible to make something based on just a list of ingredients and nothing any more specific.
PS: Speaking of pie dough, I meant to do a seafood quiche for the April challenge, never got to it. Oh well. Maybe someday the challenge will be pastries, both sweet and savory. It might work there.