http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z4m4lnjxkY (a little creepy and a sing a long)
What I love about this very famous video is that the lyrics are translated from Russian.
All our new members may be confused - hey some of our long time members get confused, for that matter I founded this cooking club and I rarely understand what's going on....
HERE BEGINS THE EXPOSITION -
Our themes are created by my taking nominations at the end of an evening of good food and lots of cheap wine and rum. We narrow it down to five nominations, none of which make any sense. The rule for a nomination is it cannot be directly food related, nor can it directly refer to the season or an upcoming holiday. That would be just to easy and boring.
Once we have the five nominations I ask for a vote to vote. This usually passes but there is often discussion about how many times a person can vote with each hand. The answer is one vote per person no matter how many hands you may have.
Then we vote on the five nominations. Rarely is there a clear winner, though this sometimes happens. Then we argue and negotiate for which of the top two nominations will be the theme. It often gets rather loud at this point. Sometimes there is a weird science of melding disparate themes together. This is how one of our more well remembered themes became "Goats up a Tree". In fact even when there is a clear winner there is often further negotiations.
This month there was a tie between 1. HOHOHO Green Giant (Many felt that was more of a Springtime theme) 2. Ethnic Convergence (I think that was it, not sure). I couldn't break the tie so we combined the two into HOHOHO Ethnic Mashup.
Once we have a theme we make a lot of noise about how much we like or do not like the theme. Everyone goes home at some point and awaits my write-up that is supposed to make some sense of the theme. When I fail to do a write up it seems to be missed which I find somewhat gratifying on a personal level.
As part of the write-up I try to find at least one musical video that will represent the theme and one picture. Doesn't it seem like I am spending a lot of time on something with no meaning that also doesn't make sense? Hmmm....
Once the write-up is done and the event posted and announced everyone promptly, AND THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR NEWBIES, everyone promptly forgets the theme, unless they don't, and just plans on cooking whatever the heck they want to cook. Some folk like to actually tie their food to the write-up or to their interpretation of the theme. Many folk have a story ready how what they have made fits the theme because we do ask each other this question. It doesn't matter as long as you are having fun!
What is important is the HOHOHO in every meal. (insert joke here) This group is about cooking together. Yes, everyone cooks at once, THIS IS NOT A POT LUCK. If your dish needs to be baked do that at home, ovens open to much during the event to do any baking. if your dish takes more than 30 minutes or so to cook, consider making it at home. Otherwise, plan on bumping elbows and knees, fighting for oven and burner space, digging through the host's cupboards for the thing you want, and getting good and bad advice on your seasoning.
We embrace the chaos! We drink the wine, so please bring a bit of liquid to share and drink to every monthly dinner. Bring your sense of the ridiculous and an ability to laugh. Don't forget to salt and taste as you go!
NEWBIES!! You DO NOT have to feed 25 people. make one recipe of whatever you want to make. this usually feeds 4 to 6 people. That will be enough for everyone to have a taste. Remember, everyone is cooking so there is lots of food!
Don't worry about what others are bringing, we don't have to have a balanced meal this one night. In fact the more unbalanced things are the more like the Fabulous Foodies it becomes. Imagine the horror if everyone brought lasagna, the horror, the horror- NOT!
Prepare to laugh. That is the primary recipe.
This month it is a clash of the Titans, an Ethnic Mashup between whatever and something else. It can be a look at your diverse heritage, if you have a diverse heritage. It can be a look at holidays, secular and religious. It can be a mixture of unexpected combinations from different parts of the world. It can be ham on toast. I think some of the most wonderful and beautiful people have resulted from diverse parents mashing up to build a baby.
Because our monthly dinners are held in private homes I do not publish the address on our site. The Wednesday before the dinner I send everyone who RSVP'd yes the address and sometimes directions or instructions.
NEWBIES!! This is not a singles group, this is not a gen X or any gen group. This is an all ages, all genders, all orientation, all politics, all colors, all cultures group. There are married, single and living in sin folk. The one unifying factor is a love of cooking and friendship - wait that is two unifying things. (crimney, now i have to start over).
What did I forget to explain? OH, I remember. Don't ask Paul (after 11) what he does for a living until after 11PM; when it is time to suggest the next month's theme do not say a holiday, don't forget to bring something to drink and share, don't take anything seriously.
There are no rules! Ignore me completely. I'm just a mildly funny mutt.
PS I don't know why I picked this photo, just go with it.
Every month a new crazy theme! Lots of fun and lots of food and drink. RSVPs open 30 days prior to the event and these dinners fill up quickly. Remember there are no rules. Caryl will email the address to those attending the Wednesday before the dinner. Be sure to RSVP early as we always fill up quickly. Do RSVP though, especially if it gets you on the waiting list. Usually the waiting list people get to join us for dinner. Plan to cook on site, unless your recipe takes 45 minutes or more to prepare start to finish. Because the oven opens and closes often baked goods (excepting cookies) are best done ahead of time. Remember this isn’t just a potluck; this is about sharing the pleasure of cooking and food, and learning from one another while drinking wine 'n stuff and having great conversations. Bring what you'd like to drink plus a little to share.