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post #31 of 40
Who on earth is SWAMBO?

"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

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"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

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post #32 of 40
SWAMBO is She Whom Always Must Be Obeyed.

BDL
post #33 of 40
One thing i hate is to have to cook alone. I purposely made our house without a dining room, and we moved the kitchen to the largest room, where i can cook with my company in the same room, and not with me isolated all alone in the kitchen while others sit and chat. Also i like to make things hot and usually have a first course, so i have to get up and cook or heat the second whilen the first is finished being eaten.

NO ONE has ever given me suggestions. This may be because i am intimidating as a cook, and with food and flour flying all over, my knife thwacking quickly through the carrots, my fist crashing on the garlic under the knife, and me stirring pots with one hand as i turn the meat with the other, it looks at least, like i know what i'm doing.

However, i will admit, i would not be much of a welcome guest in another person;s kitchen unless they are happy to hand the cooking over to me. Sometimes i have to tape my mouth shut and sit on my hands, to keep from wincing as they put the nice steak into a cold frying pan and then turn it on low (eek) or cut onions with a small serrated knive (wince). I do try to keep quiet, but sometimes my hands will just move before my brain stops them...

Oh, and i would LOVE to have help when cooking a big meal for lots of people, but the problem is that i do all my thinking with my hands and can't fior the life of me tell people what i want done.
"Siduri said, 'Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek...Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, ... let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.'"
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"Siduri said, 'Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek...Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, ... let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.'"
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post #34 of 40
Siduri,

Your whole post rang bell after bell with me. But this part just nailed me to the wall: BDL
post #35 of 40
ditto



I do try to keep quiet, but sometimes my hands will just move before my brain stops them...

that's when I go elsewhere or mingle with others....too hard to watch
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post #36 of 40
I feel the same way. I enjoy the social visiting while I finish cooking before a dinner party. Most of our dinner guests don't cook as much as I do, so they either don't pay any attention to how I'm cooking or they are curious to learn.
post #37 of 40
Was taking the morning off and reading "Trader Vic's Book of Food and Drink" circa 1949

A couple of the paragraph's just made me think of this thread......

"There are certain courtesies which should be extended to every outdoor chef: Give him plenty of elbow room and keep out of his limelight. Until he's had years and years of experience the average barbecuer is in a **** of a dither at one stage of another. He's afraid his fire is too hot or not hot enought; he worries whether the steaks will burn or be tough; he's afraid he'll drop one of the steaks in the ashes, upset the coffee, and put out the fire. In fact he's sweating bullets and wishes that everyone would go in the house or go look at the fish pond until he gets things under control.

There's always some other outdoor chef who wants to steal the show. He has all kinds of advice to offer about the height of the grill from the coals, the kind of wood that should have been used; in the salad dressing. And the host, who is a pretty good guy about the whole thing is really so damned cooked he'd like to shove the bastard's face right in the ashes."

wow. um ok. some guys in the 1949's had bbq anxiety and just were not OK with others watching. I get it. Trader Vic really doesn't mince words.:eek:
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post #38 of 40
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How could Trader Vic know my friend? Haha, seriously, I have a friend who is exactly like that "other outdoor chef". So much so that even though I LOVE barbecuing, when he's around, I let him grill. After years of fighting with him, arguing in front of the guests, getting frustrated, etc..etc... now when I know he's coming I just have everything ready for him to put on the grill. I enjoy the time with my friends while he's taking care of the barbecue. And I love it!! :D
post #39 of 40
Back seat cooks, yes they can be quite a problem. My FIL can be brutal when he's over for dinner as he seems to think there is only one way to cook food (his way of course). He's the pickiest eater I have ever come across so eventhough he spent his whole career as a cook in a diner I don't think of him as a foodie or an appreciator of food in any way. Immediately the criticisms begin as he walks through the door. "You're using flour to thicken the gravy? You ruined it, now it's going to stink, make sure you don't put any on my plate, and just so you know au jus is always better" and "just so you know, olives don't belong in salads, get it right next time" and of course when I make my famous strawberry trifle "leave the strawberries whole, don't chop them up next time" and always he seems to get personally wounded when we don't ask him to carve the roast. I laugh it off because I know you can't please people that can't be pleased but it can get very stressful to have someone criticize you as you're trying to prepare a meal.

"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

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post #40 of 40
ouch....yuck....
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