with a pinch of salt

with a pinch of salt

With reservations or the understanding that some rumor or piece of information may not be completely true or accurate. Possibly a reference an ancient Roman antidote to poison that included or consisted of a grain of salt. I heard that you can get a free movie ticket if you wear red, but Kevin told me that, so I'm going to take it with a pinch of salt. Read whatever that paper publishes with a pinch of salt—it's really just a trashy tabloid.
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3 While the soup is cooking, mix the flour and water in a bowl with a pinch of salt and a pinch of paprika to form a dough.
Dust the tortilla chips with a pinch of salt and a pinch of paprika and enjoy alongside it.
Whisk the eggs in a bowl with a pinch of salt and At the weekend I love to make something special, like my healthy pancake recipe.
In a pan, gently warm the cream with a pinch of salt (this helps the chocolate flavour), and when it's just about to boil, remove from the heat, add the chocolate and whisk until completely smooth.
In a small pan saut the mushrooms with a pinch of salt and pepper and a little butter, add broad beans and warm through.