I really need to pay attention to things when I make stuff up when cooking: the totally kick-ass cranberry sauce I made with star anise, crystallized ginger, and chipotle powder has just been pronounced by the Resident Shrink to be the "best cranberry sauce ever." I made it an hour ago, but I can't remember how much of each of the three ingredients above I used. (I also substituted orange juice for half the water in the recipe.)
Too much star anise? Not really a problem. Too much crystallized ginger, if there can actually be such a thing? Not a problem. Too much chipotle powder?