A while back I made a mistake in my meal plan (if you don’t know about the meal plan you can learn about it here).  Now, this did 2 things: 1) freaked me out because I hate mistakes – not because I rationally think they are a big deal but because my irrational anxiety brain freaks out.  It just does.  But 2) it made me think about how that mistake highlighted my whole goal of helping people confidently step away from always needing a recipe when they cook.

Here is how it went down.  A subscriber wrote and pointed out that in the method portion of the recipe I mention adding the honey but there was no honey listed in the ingredients.  Oops.  I fixed it asap, but also thought back to why it happened and how it could be a helpful thing on which to shine a light.  I knew immediately the reason: I was undecided about the honey.  I made a carrot salad and had tried it both with and without honey, and liked it both ways.  I hadn’t decided right down to the wire, so even changed my mind mid recipe writing – decided no while listing out ingredients, but apparently yes while writing up the method.  Because, guess what – they were both good!  Long story short, a recipe is more often that not a guide rather than a rule.  Try things out.  Mix things up.  Follow your own path.  Here is the recipe.  Try it both ways and see what you think.

Shredded Carrot and Radish Salad

Ingredients:

4 medium/large carrots, grated

4 medium/large radishes, grated

1 tbsp chopped chives

2 tsp honey

2 tbsp lemon juice

¼ cup olive oil

Salt

Pepper

Method:

Mix juice, oil and honey until the honey has dissolved into the liquid.  Toss the carrots, radishes and chives together with the dressing. Add salt and pepper to your liking.

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