|Anita's Beautiful New Year's Eve Table|
One of my sisters had in-house guests over the New Year's holidays. She made a huge 4-course Indian dinner for eight people on New Year's Eve and just sent pictures of her beautiful table, which, as always looked spectacular. She slaved over some of the elements of the dinner, for days ahead of time. Indian desserts are extremely labor intensive, and this was no different, requiring hours over the stove stirring, stirring. Then, while she made her rice ahead, it turned out far too spicy for her guests, so she set that batch aside and made a simpler Saffron Rice. Everything was prepared well in advance that could be. Still, at the last moment, she realized the shrimp she bought that were supposed to be raw and broiled, were actually precooked shrimp, so that meant a last minute run to the grocery when time was short. The meal turned out excellently and was a complete success, all thanks to the excellent pre-planning. Even so, after cooking and caring for guests nonstop for a month she quipped, "I don't care if I never cook again!"
|Anita's Table: Glassware, Candles, Decor|
If you make large meals with many courses, think ahead. Plan out each step, what must be accomplished and by when, including right up to serving time. This doesn't always work 100% but it truly helps. The meals always turn out wonderfully, but it's nice to be able to enjoy them yourself, too.
My passion is to teach people how to create a harmony of flavors with their cooking, and help pass along my love and joy of food, both simple and exotic, plain or fancy. I continue my journey in ethnic and domestic cuisines, trying new things weekly. Join me at A Harmony of Flavors Website, on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. I am also on a spiritual journey and hope you will join me at my new blog, An Eagle Flies.