I love to cook. I love to eat. However I really really love indulging in these two activities, when friends and family will be joining me. Why? Obvious reason of course is I love them, Seriously have you ever heard of anyone exclaiming how awesome it is to eat alone? Okay okay! I do clearly remember the days as a working mother when my definition of heaven would have been peacefully eating dinner and imbibing a glass of wine all alone. We won’t go there right now. I’ve marched through that stage in life and like childbirth the past reality has soften and blurred with age.
You know it’s funny as I’m writing this little ditty of a post which was suppose to be quick and easy, I’m finding it difficult to stay on task. Food and eating is the center of a radiating star with thousands of light paths pulsating outward. I’m drawn to go here. No. I’d rather go there. No. How about checking that out instead. Stop! I do have a point. It’s important I remember that! Here’s my tactic to extricate myself from the dilemma. I’m skipping down and starting a new paragraph with no clever segue. Ha! Psychological games with myself works every time, especially when it means I can take the easy route out.
A major chunk of my enjoyment in preparing a meal for others is setting the table. The table look imbues the meal not only ambience, but it’s also a signal that something extraordinary is about to occur. For this purpose thrift stores are my allies. As an example — for sixty nine cents per item I can purchase six matching dinner plates. After the meal I’ve the option of saving them or donating back to the thrift store. Mixing and matching morphs into a fun shopping adventure. Personally eating my food on the same pattern of dishes day in and day out for twenty years is not my style. My opinion is different foods and occasions trigger the need different dishes, place mats and centerpieces.
To challenge myself and have a bit of fun—-okay maybe a lot of fun—I searched for some table settings I liked. Next I combed through recipes of my wonderful food bloggers putting together a meal to harmonize with the setting. Don’t you think it’s charming to have the soup in teacups?