marathon cooking

9 Dec

Have you ever been in a situation where you need to prepare the PERFECT dinner and everything goes like planned? No, me neither.

I love to cook. Not on a daily basis and not with 100,000 restrictions. I love to cook for my appreciative and non picky friends and family members. I don’t mind a minor restriction here and there. Taste is very subjective and there are things which are a big no-no on my list as well. I have never tried snails, the thought of the slimy thing going down my throat is just too repulsive and I hate liver, the smell of it alone can bring me the pukes.

Yesterday was the annual dinner N. and I host for his part of the family to celebrate his name day (name days are in Greece a bigger thing than birthdays). This is a tradition which we (masochists) started when we first moved to the suburbs, 6 1/2 years ago.

Being a perfectionist myself I wanted to please everyone. By pleasing everyone (this is impossible, in case you were wondering), I had to cook something different (who wants to be served the same food every year), tasty as hell,  gluten-free, diabetic friendly and garlic free. The latter being the most restrictive for me.  I wanted it to be perfect.

I went to a delicatessen store, two super markets, the farm market and the local butcher to get everything I needed and started to cook at midday.

Today’s verdict:

  • If you cook for 8 hours straight chances are that you will probably a)fall asleep during dinner or b) pass out while serving the 8th dish.
  • When you NEED it to be perfect you can be sure for one thing: IT WON’T!
  • A successful dinner has one main prerequisite: RELAX and enjoy!





7 Responses to “marathon cooking”

  1. nothingbythebook December 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Poles have namedays too! Bigger deal than birthdays. So… preparation was hell, but… what dish turned out best?

    • wonderlandbytatu December 9, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

      I am a very tough judge when it comes to my own cooking, but I guess the dessert (the easiest and less hassle of all): lemon cream with some chocolate shavings…

  2. Ice Beautiful December 9, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

    I know what you mean! When I moved to Iceland we started to have gatherings with food for my in-lows. The only good thing is that they are quite conservative – I can make the same dishes forever; and all ladies are very good at making food – so no wish to be perfect – I would newer be :D. Sometimes I get bored with the same food and carefully try something new – in that case I make one more dish – some traditional alternative just in case 🙂 From my 4 year experience good planing of preparation and no seeking of perfection are the key to less stressed party

    • wonderlandbytatu December 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

      yes, you are right! I think the ‘no seeking of perfection’ is the key to a more relaxed dinner setting! Thanks for reminding, xxx

  3. ramblingsfromamum December 10, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    This is so me – how I relate… a simple BBQ

    • ramblingsfromamum December 10, 2012 at 10:10 am #

      I don’t know how my response ended there….anyway as I was trying to say…
      a simple BBQ for me ends up a Marathon cooking fest.
      Nothing is simple in my eyes 😦 though I wish it would be so.
      Dinner parties – I freak at… even if for 4 people!
      Everything must be perfect…just right..even the kitchen …the benches must be uncluttered prior to guests arriving…hell they mustn’t know that I’ve been sweating a storm all day preparing???
      Relaxation comes after the food has been eaten and then and only then I relax…
      tis sad but true
      Good and very relatable post T xx

      • wonderlandbytatu December 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

        yes, my passion for good food and cooking make me seek perfection each time. If only I could be more relaxed, I am sure I would enjoy it much more,xxx

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