However, that isn't what I really wanted to talk about today. What I really wanted to share was my amazing experience with Gourmet (not pronounced gor-may, no it's gur-met, as in, "I met up with some people last night and had a really good time with good food and conversation and cute kitties and smiling babies." Like that. That's how you pronounce it.) Wikipedia's entry on it only gives me the activity, "gourmetten," so technically I guess we were gourmett-ing. I think some people here also call it a raclette. Any way you slice it, you enter into the fondue/Korean gogigui /Japanese teppanyaki territory. You sit down at the table laden with raw ingredients and go to town cooking on the stone cook-top or in the little pans underneath. This is the second time I've done it, and I just love it. It is, to be honest, slightly more difficult with a squirming baby, but it's still manageable.
1) Plan this with people you actually like talking to. The food does take some time to cook, so there is a big chunk of time you have to fill with something other than eating.
2) Have a good ventilation system in your home. While the meat and veggies on the cook-top smell amazing, they let off a lot of steam and grease.
3) Following #2, don't wear anything that needs to be dry-cleaned. No matter what, you will leave smelling a bit like the fryer at a fast food restaurant. If you know this ahead of time and just embrace it, it becomes a non-issue.
|Very confused kitty. "What? People come in mini-size?" Note the diaper bag in the car seat to keep the cat from thinking it was a new bed for him.|