The most useful cooking advice I’ve ever heard:
If you can tell there’s just “something missing” in what you’re cooking,
simply add an acid. 1
A good squeeze of lemon juice on something bland can bring it to life in surprisingly magical way.
It can take a meal from “meh, passable” to “daaang! not bad!" in mere seconds.
I’ve tried it with a range of acids: lemon juice, lime juice, apple cider vinegar.
It’s worked every time!
(I once tried it with a smoothie: I had a bunch of seeds and non-citrus fruits I’d blended together hoping for a refreshing drink. But when I took a sip, the result was just… meh. I ended up adding a few millilitres of the only acid I had on-hand: apple cider vinegar. Honestly, wasn’t expecting a good result (have you tasted apple cider vinegar??). Aaaaand….It brought the smoothie to life! It made it shockingly good! Where I barely wanted to drink the smoothie originally, I ended up wanting more of the ACV smoothie after it was gone! 🤯 )
“Add an Acid”
Three little words were an absolute game changer for my cooking.
I can’t help but think there are probably tips like that in other fields that are similarly simple and easy, but insanely disproportionately transformative.
Those “small keys” that open “big doors”.
A few potential ones that come to mind: Grease the Groove for strength training; don’t use attention extraction services for a healthy relationship with tech; use box breathing to ameliorate symptoms of stress and anxiety; focusing on small, consistent habits for significant life transformations over time.
I want to keep my eyes open to find more.
Do any come to mind for you?
I’d love to hear them!