who cooks without recipes?
One of my kitchen experiments is bean and barley soup. The ingredients include at least 2 kinds of dried beans, lentils, split peas, several aromatics, leafy green vegetables, barley, canned whole tomatoes (hand squashed like Mario Batali), mildly pungent chiles, and any meat gravy leftover from stuff my wife prepares. The gravy is stored in the freezer until needed for the soup.
The soup is always different from the previous batch. Most of the ingredients are not measured. It always has a good flavor, and usual is like a thick vegetable stew. The soup is prepared in a 5-quart stockpot resulting in about 8-10 servings.