Re-interpretation of classic paintings in the art world is the norm; for instance, a Velasquez turned abstract by Picasso.
Today I wasn't re-interpreting a thing. No, today,I was blatantly plagiarizing a soup by Brad Farmerie of Public which I found surfing Google. It's a great soup; sweet, spicy and unctuous carrot with some ginger, cardamom, onions, garlic sweated. Then some coconut milk, water, lemon juice, honey and seasoning. And to give that playful twist and heat — Aleppo marshmallows, some coriander, a scattering of toasted pepitas and Styrian pumpkin seed oil top off this deal.
Giving the soup as one of the specials to my maitre'd (who is a real plain-Jane as far as flavors and food are concerned – if it's not Porcini or pasta, for him, it's not on!) he eyed me suspiciously. His concern was amplified when he saw me use a blowtorch to brown the marshmallows on top of the soup, finally drizzling oil and sprinkle the assortment of seeds. But then he tasted this soup, and all he could say was "mmmgood!"
Sometimes you can change stuff, but in this case it's better just to make it and enjoy it.