Never limit a creative cook to exacting recipes. Following a recipe can be cumbersome and frustrating. What ingredients can you substitute, if any, and in what quantities? What if you don’t have the called-for utensils or kitchen appliances? What is Panko? And no, your grocery store doesn’t carry it!
You know those people who can look in the fridge or pantry, and just throw something together without a recipe? I like to call these people intuitive chefs. They understand what flavors taste good together and are familiar with basic intuitive cooking principles. That’s me!
I followed the recipe word for word, and it took hours, but the result was awful. So what if I just eyeball it? And there you have it.. I just eyeball it. I cook by the “seat of my pants”! THIS is Intuitive cooking. Go with your gut!