Ages ago I was tagged by CookieCrumb of I'm Mad And I eat and Julie at Kitchenography with this meme created by Angelika of The Flying Apple. Angelika asks Which Menu Would You Serve Blogging Friends
For A Welcome Dinner Upon Their First Visit to Your Home? This is not about choosing a favorite meal or dish (at least that is my take on it) meme. Rather, it asks us
to describe a sort of signature menu revealing our personal
cooking style and culinary preferences. This set me to thinking for several days and I realized that I don't have a cooking style or preference. If other people can spot one, please let me know. I grew up watching my mother prepare meals from a variety of cookbooks containing recipes from around the world. She tried to master them all and her efforts gave me a broad appreciation of food. I realized that when I cook, I do a lot of it by whim, by what appeals to me at the moment. And a lot of things appeal to me.
When I prepare a meal for a dinner party, I first consider my guests. Will there be people there with diet restrictions? Do they enjoy a particular cuisine? Once that's settled in my mind, I scan a zillion cookbooks and annoy my friends with endless discussions about possible recipes. Finally, it all comes together. I didn't scan any cookbooks this time, or discuss it with friends. This is what feels right at the moment.