R&R agrees with me. Over the past two days I have managed to do absolutely nothing productive. My day involves moving from my laptop to the sofa to the washing machine (okay, so that part is semi-productive) to the dining room to the bed. I have slept about 20 hours and read MANY blogs. I have also caught up on my favorite new show: Das Perfekte Dinner (The Perfect Dinner).
This show has a very simple premise. Every week 5 people from one city are chosen (they do apply beforehand, so they are not random people off the street). Every evening one of the 5 must cook dinner (appetizer, main course, dessert). At the end of the meal the other four contestants rate the meal on a scale of 0 to 10. At the end of the week, the individual who scored the most points wins 1500 Euros.
I have no idea why I am addicted to this show. Perhaps it is because I get new recipe ideas from watching. Perhaps because it is hilarious to see how some pompous idiot falls flat on his face. Either way, I enjoy it so much that I would like to apply to be on the show. However, the German has given me a very firm "NO" on that.
There is only one thing that bothers me. How do you define "the perfect dinner?" It is amazing some of the reasons that some people deduct points from each other. For example, one person thought that the table decoration was too much. Another person complained that, "Although the food was very good and I am full, it was not a complicated menu to prepare."
Does that mean that the perfect dinner has to be complicated? Last night that was not the case. A perfume maker tried to incorporate as many "scents" into his menu as possible. The result was overwhelming for many of the guests and he only received at total of 29 out of 40 points.
For me the perfect dinner involves a warm host (or hostess), lots of good food, and good conversation. I hate small portions and it does not have to be complicated menu. In fact, where I am from in the South, it would be considered pretentious to make something too complicated and terribly rude to not offer someone seconds.
After discussing this with the German, I realized that the perfect dinner may not always be the same thing in every culture. In fact in some cultures, "less is more" might be perfect; or perhaps even "over the top is better."
Although I will not apply to be on the show, I have created my "perfect dinner menu." It is called "Southern Hospitality."
Appetizer: Shrimp and Grits with Hush Puppies
Main Course: Pulled Pork BBQ with Cole Slaw and Baked Beans
Dessert: Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
I am very curious about this. Please post comments. I want to know, what is your idea of the "perfect dinner?" Do you think that the definition of the perfect dinner is the same across countries?