How do you tell if people like your cooking?
- Momofuku Sep 26, 2013 08:17 AM
So, I'm fairly new at cooking and don't consider myself very good at it yet. I can follow a recipe and it turns out well but when I deviate there's huge potential for disaster. I recently made a meal for my boyfriend's friends. They didn't really seem to give any reaction or say anything about the food. When I asked they said it was "good" in a very nonchalant way. But they finished all of it very quickly and even drank all of the soup.
I want to get better at cooking and I know I probably won't get the "omg, this is soooo good" reaction all the time. In a way, I want to feel good about my cooking based on people's reactions and I enjoy cooking, especially for people who seem to really enjoy my food.
I apologize if I seem childish about this, but I wanted to impress my bf's friends...
serve it to someone who doesn't have to be polite, but can be brutally honest: such as your mother or mother-in law. Yes I know you are talking about a boyfriend, so NO MIL, yet.
Your mother won't mince words. Other close friends will give an honest opinion if you let them know up front that you are looking for honest feedback, not fluff.
Young 20-30 something guys wilol eat all kinds of garbage and as long as it's served to them, and they aren't paying, they'll scarf it down and say it's good....more please!
Well if they ate everything, that's usually a good sign. How old are your BF's friends and are they CHs? My appreciation for food developed as I grew older. When I was a youngish guy in my late teens and early 20s, I would pretty much eat anything and it was all good. Guys that age don't express themselves very much. Especially to the GF of their buddy. But clean plates is a good start.
They're in their mid to late 20's. Neither of them can cook so definitely not chowhounds lol.
I might be overreacting but I cooked them pho which I simmered for 12 hours... so I worked really hard on it and I thought I would get a better reaction.
They both like pho and that's why I chose to make it.
First I would make sure that I liked the dish. Mainly to verify that it is correct and no blatant mistakes were made. And then I would worry about what others think. I would also listen to your boyfriend. Does he brag about your cooking to others? Are there specific dishes that he asks you to repeat?
I see eating it all, asking for a recipe, and asking for it to be made again, etc. as positive feedback.
How do I know? When I overhear BF telling him parents or grandmother how much I spoil him with my cooking. Or when his coworkers, approach me and ask when am I going to bake them more cookies or when they make requests.