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.
- 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!