I love the reality show that airs every Monday evening on the W Network, “Come Dine With Me.” The show is based on 5 strangers who are self-professed “foodies.” Each must take a turn hosting a dinner party. The party is then judged out of 40 (each participant scores the host out of ten) based on food and hosting skills. The winner receives a prize of 1000 dollars in cash. The participants like to be well fed and liquored up. If these elements are left out of the dinner party, the score is usually low. One lady served grilled cheese, bought her dessert and ran out of wine. Suffice to say, she ended up in last place. The participants are usually an odd and colorful bunch, adding a lot of humor to the show.
It must be nerve-racking to cook a meal under the harsh judgement of others. (and boy are these folks critical, down to every last detail, including looking for spots on wine glasses.) I often wonder how I would do on Come Dine With Me. Anyone who knows me, knows that my culinary skills are lacking, however, I follow a recipe to a T and my meals usually turn out fine. My nerves always get the best of me when I cook for others. I wonder if the meat is too tough or dry, or if any component is lacking flavor. I’m a great host, and always keep the glasses full, so I would gain points in that regard. Andy does 90% of the cooking, so I am often out of practice in the kitchen. So in celebration of Come Dine With Me and the fact it’s a long weekend, I’m hosting a dinner party on Sunday. I’m excited, yet nervous at the same time. I will be cooking for my mom, dad, sister and brother-in-law. I won’t be judged, but I want the meal to be well…edible. The food will be healthy and hopefully tasty. I will be turning to this cook book…
Janet and Greta offer healthy recipes, that don’t sacrifice flavor. Their recipes are very tasty and full with nutrients. From the Looneyspoons Collection Cookbook, I will be throwing down a tasty roast beef and some “glazed and confused” carrots, as it’s called.
Come Dine With Me worthy? Probably not, since I won’t be making dessert. I would definitely lose points for that. Wish me luck!