Are You a Tidy Terry or a Filthy Fran?
- Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2013 02:33 PM
I'm a plate neatnik. I want all of my courses to be separated by a good centimeter of green space. No juice from the pinto beans infiltrating into the mashed taters, no green beans miscegenating with the corn. I like my vittles to be pure and unadulterated. No mess and no muss.
The Khantessa, on the other hand, is a gustatory Goth. A bread-breaking barbarian. Why she's been known to make a well in her mashed pertatas and fill it with peas! Frankly, it makes me break out in a cold sweat.
So what about yous guys? Does your plate of food look like something in the Louvre or the MoMA?
I like my plates to look nice when I serve them but I have no issue with my food touching or mingling.
While I don't mix my peas with my mashed potatoes I like to eat them together and will often fork a little potato and peas together for single bite. I dip my turkey in the gravy, will scoop stuffing with cranberry sauce, dip my bacon or toast in my egg yolk, etc etc,
So did I, and was trying to decide whether to divulge my messy tendencies. Whew.
I try not to pile stuff on top of stuff, and once it's on my plate I tend to eat one dish at a time, but not always.
BTW, I don't like gravy on mashed potatoes, I like a little volcano crater full of butter in it to gently mix in. Or maybe dip into from the outside part if I can do it without drawing attention. Which puts me in circus freak category, probably.
It depends....if the mixing alters the taste (sweet seeping unwantedly into savory, or liquid making crunchy into mushy), I say "separate but equal". I love me my beets, but I don't want my beets running into my liver n onions. Sometimes, I even eat in order (all my collard greens, all my meat, all my salad). On the other hand, I'm not super fastidious about my egg yolk running into my bacon or anything like that because the egg's been cooking the in bacon drippings, so they're all in the family.