Because we food bloggers are a generous lot, I've been the recipient of many tasty gifts from friends (and, sometimes, near-strangers). All delicious.
There is a tendency among some of us to follow recipes faithfully. Then there is an awakening when you realize you don't have to use a recipe.
And yet, there is a moment when you realize that following a recipe is just right. Essential. But you might not know this on your own, if you hadn't been the lucky giftee of something fabulous.
I could never have improvised Sam's tomato chutney. Oh my, the flavors were so perfectly balanced. Spicy, sweet, naughty.
We took the liberty of dabbling it over roasted cauliflower. OK. Cooking all done. No need to improvise.
Somebody took care of the recipe.
I just got it hot.