i was wandering the discount tables, considering something of Dr Phil's and then i saw it "rita's culinary trickery"
it's a pink hard covered book with a sketch of a curvaceous, simultaneously waif thin, woman in an apron and high heels, little stars sparkling above the fry pan she holds.
culinary trickery sounds right up my alley and so i paid my $5 and hurried a little to the coffee emporium to get a hot chocolate and some alone time with this pretty new acquisition.
if i had read the back cover "for everyone who wants to add a little sparkle to entertaining" i probably wouldnt have bothered. i used to enjoy entertaining once but these days i seem to have got selfish, at the end of the working week i just want to retire to my little cocoon and not think too much about anyone......
but back to the book. it could have been written by my friend TTS (hi you!) she could make canned soup and two day old bread into an event, all with good grace and hospitality and ease. i watched and learned from her before she went off to the UK to bestow her hospitality on that part of the world (who probably need it, given the weather)
and back to the book.......
rita is full of advice like
- salad in a large bowl immmediately looks better than when it's spilling out of a small bowl
- never buy pasta sauce in a jar (from the deli is ok)
- jars of pesto work but buy an italian brand
she's got me thinking about my own rules on food and entertaining, i'm sure i have a long list
- if you must use paper plates get top quality ones and NEVER plastic
- i'd rather eat with my hands than use plastic cutlery
- a glass isnt that hard to wash, at someone else's place i'll do it myself rather than use plastic cups and at my place i'll wash them all
- serviettes are nearly always wasted but you cant do without them
- nothing to do with entertaining but all to do with serviettes, i always pop the clean ones in my bag at a restaurant. they always come in handy and no-one will be worried about how cheap it looks if they need one