A simple addition

Take your standard Italian style tomato sauce recipe, and add one simple ingredient: lemon zest.

Here’s the rough list of ingredients I often use:

  • olive oil

  • 500g beef mince (or better: mixed veal and pork mince)

  • 2 tins plum tomatoes

  • 1 onion

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • the zest of half a lemon

  • a splash of Worcestershire sauce

  • salt and pepper

  • oregano

Making a sauce with these ingredients is fairly straightforward. I am also partial to Antonio Carluccio’s recipe “Tagliatelle al Ragu Bolognese” which creates a really nice subtle medley of flavours. If you try adding lemon zest to that it’s also very nice.

I love the power of small changes like this. It applies equally to software. Stop and think when your app/website is frustrating you. How can you make it just a little better?