Sunday, 18 April 2010
When I posted my coconut ice recipe the other day, Jeanne asked me why I gave some measurements in metric and others in imperial units. I'd never thought about it before, but it's true - I operate in an odd mixture of units, depending on the context. In this case, it was inches for the size of my tins, but gram weights for the ingredients.
In general, for distances, I have a good idea of how far a mile is, whereas a kilometre is a complete mystery to me. And I'm better with feet and inches than with centimetres. I suppose this is just the terminology I grew up with.
I'm not great at gauging weights of any kind, but I happen to know my weight in kilos, from when I used to enter martial arts competitions and it therefore mattered.
When it comes to recipes, I don't really weigh things, but I tend to look at the proportion of a pack that I've used - so if I've used half of a 100g bar of chocolate, it's easier to write 50g than to do a conversion. (I'm also learning how very, very easy it can be to cook the American way, by volume, so don't be too surprised if you see a few more 'cups' around here....)
In the case of the coconut ice, I had an 8-inch tin, but was using 200g packets of coconut. There is method in my madness... honest!