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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?