The last day, the last test. Everyone in class was nervous. We were told that there would be no recipes this week. It all had to be from memory. My classmates and I emailed each other all week long trying to guess what would be on the test. 

“It would have to be a basic technique. I think its roasting meat.”
“No, no meat. I think a fish dish with a reduction sauce. Maybe something with caramel for dessert.”

“Not caramel! Some kind of pudding…”

You get the idea. We couldn’t figure out which kind of technique would be basic enough to do without a true recipe to follow. And how could any dessert be made without measurements? Don’t you have to be exact with that kind of thing?