Re: simple recipes/vs. complicated

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Posted by Lauren on August 19, 2002 at 15:39:42:

In reply to: simple recipes/vs. complicated posted by Karin on August 19, 2002 at 00:04:39:

It's only recently that we have any actual scientific knowledge of
what works and what doesn't. If a thousand years ago, little Fatima
knocked some coffee into the paste, and it happened to be a
particularly good crop of henna and Umm Fatima was in a particularly
good mood and hormonally receptive to henna so it turned out really
bright and dark, you can bet that Fatima's modern descendants will
absolutely swear you can't do henna without coffee in it. Of course,
this is just an example, but you see how all these things can crop up
if you don't test them fully. The coffee may wactually have done
some good- if it was a cool day and the henna needed heat to help the
dye release. Plain hot water would have done the same.
Some stuff is actually useful but optional. Okra adds stringy-ness.
Tamarind adds stringy-ness and moisture retention. Tea adds
tannins. Sugar adds moisture retention. Flower petals are nice for
the scent. It's all in what you're prepared to deal with. I like
simple for most things but for weddings I'll go all out.


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