Recipes are instructions, so they stick to the facts and keep a strict order.


  1. List ingredients in the order they’re used, with measurements first.
  2. Start all steps in the method with the action. ‘Cream butter’, ‘Add egg’, ‘Beat well’.
  3. Look for logical ways to group little steps together. Too many steps can be daunting and hard to read.

And there you have it!


125g butter softened
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1 cup choc chips

1. Cream butter and sugar, then add egg and vanilla, and beat well.
2. Mix in sifted flour and choc chips using a wooden spoon until well combined.
3. Place heaped teaspoons of mixture onto a lined tray, and press gently with a fork or fingers to slightly flatten.
4. Bake at 180C for 10-12 minutes or until golden in colour.


4 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2 garlic cloves
700g tomato pasta sauce
2 cups penne or another short pasta
Many Tears
Some Regrets

1. Heat oil, onion and garlic in a large metal pan.
2. Add pasta sauce and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
3. Cook pasta in boiling water until soft.
4. Pick up the hot pan of pasta sauce and drop it on the kitchen floor.
5. Season with tears and regret.
6. Serve to the cat (pasta optional).
7. Order takeaway.

Using the photo as a starting point, create a fantastic recipe. Keep it logical and easy to follow.