- Joined Aug 11, 2000
so ed what ingredients do you have that an at home cook/forager can't access?
What? All this pointless bickering. I didn't see any pics of your menu either. Who cares? Why would I make up a random menu and grocery list if I was not planning on executing it? I live on the East Coast and enjoy Southern cooking...so that is what I made. Taking advantage of local ingredients available, focusing on seafood, pork and low country cooking. Everyone should be happy people participated without all the assumptions that menu's were not executed.I guess you'd have to be a pro to appreciate the fine art of menu design. Me, I'm just a home cook. I appreciate fine dining when I can afford it but I have neither the time, money, or kitchen help it would require to pull off fancy menus in my own kitchen. I have a hungry husband and a passion for good ingredients. I'm actually really glad we had a contest of this nature but perhaps in the future years it can better executed. Perhaps we can have a cooking contest next time. Maybe we can have a recipe contest, or something that requires some kind of action. We've had photography contests before and those who could partcipate did so beautifully. I'm more than happy to participate in cheftalk activities but for us simple folk cooking at home we don't cook fancy food. Had I posted my real menu I wouldn't have received a vote and I didn't want to do that. Had I made up a fancy make believe menu then maybe I would have, but I don't cook like that, I can't contribute something of that nature. I don't think it's productive for any of you to argue over who's menu was better and more appropriate etc, because again it's pointless, none of them actually took place anyway. All the menus were a lovely read.... but my prime rib tasted awesome and was perfectly cooked! And the best part was the leftovers, what fantasy menu can beat that?
I guess you'd have to be a pro to appreciate the fine art of menu design. Me, I'm just a home cook.
Koukouvagia, I believe you are confusing fine-dining and restaurant-style presentation with menu design. Being a home cook does not exclude you from that process.
Anytime you plan a meal you are designing a menu. Maybe you don't write it down. And maybe you don't think of it that way. But that's what it is.
A menu is merely the description of a meal. When you get up in the morning and decide, "well, tonight I'm gonna make that roast that's been in defrosting in the fridge," you have started the menu design. Then you decide you'll have garlic mashed with it, and haricot verts with almonds. Now you're really into the menu. You know hubby will be tired when he gets home, so decide to greet him with a Cosmo and some nuts, to give him a chance to unwind. Then perhaps a nice soup, to start with. And a light dessert of some to finish off. Do you just think "soup" and "dessert?" Of course not. Once you've decided on soup, you pick one that will complement the beef that will follow. And do the same thing with your dessert choice.
Congradulations! You have just designed a menu for that night.
Shroomgirl, I'm already looking forward to read and/or see some of your work!...I'll start posting menus from my farmer dinners.....essentially I cook whatever is on the market for farmers coming into town/chefs & food enthusiasts & media show up at my dinner table. Simple, heavy in veg meals where the prayer is a thank you and a listing of all those that grew the food on the table. There are no names to the dishes unless I make um up...which is a big friggin' pain for me...but listing the ing and the techniques is easy enough. Farmers' markets have exploided across the country in the past 5 years, even around the world....so that would be a cool contest or just a thread.....make a meal out of what you found at your farmer's market, bonus for pix of the dishes....
(Monday = vegetarian, Tuesday = seafood, Wednesday = salad, Thursday = soup, Friday = pasta etc).
I like that idea! I don't know why I never thought of doing something like that (unless I did and forgot which is entirely possible as well!)
I think I will give this a go.