I don’t know how many of you are like me but I just don’t buy into the latest gourmet trends of chefs stacking all my food on top of each other on my plate. It tends to taint the meal before I even start eating. I end up spend minutes getting the mashed potatoes out of my asparagus and the entrée cleaned off before I can get my initial taste. It just starts the meal out on the wrong foot for me. To try to eliminate that added task I have made up the following card that I will insist the server give to the chef along with the order. I haven’t used it yet so I will let you know what happens when I do.
But this annoyance does frequently bring up some pleasant memories of my grandfather who died more than 50 years ago. He was a pig farmer born, raised, and died in Indiana. When he filled his plate for a meal all of the food was placed around the plate as was common but then he proceeded to take his knife and fork and cut everything up and then thoroughly mix it all together. Whenever anyone would say anything about this practice he would say “it all goes to the same place so why not start it that way”. Grandpa, and many old people including me now, was set in his ways. That was just the way he did it and no one could convince him to do it otherwise….
I’m sure some, I call them sheep, totally buy into the stacking trend as they do for most other trends and they probably “oh” and “ah” when the meal is presented to them. But for me meals are mostly about eating, artwork has little to do with it. I do appreciate a good piece of art on occasion but I just don’t want to mess with it on my plate. Does that make me eccentric? I don’t know or even care. 🙂