My mom never saw a recipe she couldn't try to improve. Which drove me
crazy as a kid (oh, so that's what did it!), since I was the kind of
purist who rebelled at any deviation from the rules. What's funny of
course is that my own approach to cooking is even more radical than
hers, although the results are far more variable.
For both of us, the problem is the predictable, the usual, the bland.
I mention this in reference to the latest Ancient Future
release. They too are looking for a way to break out of the mold,
which in their case is New Age,
and to spice things up. My experiments often involve Asian peppers;
they use Asian instruments. The results here are more interesting
than the usual New Age, although still rather on the safe side.
That's a claim my cooking can't make.