TASTING EVERYTHING – Marilyn Armstrong

I’m a firm believer in tasting each item on your plate separately. Why? Because I put effort into cooking each part of the meal and I want you to taste it.

I’m in favor of not mixing your whole meal into one gloppy mess. If I’ve made the effort to cook three or four separate components to make a meal for example chicken limone, garlic mashed potatoes, and fresh asparagus with a hint of butter sauce.

I want to be able to taste each part of the meal separately. I want YOU to taste each of them separately, too. If you are one of those people who mixes everything into one heap, I will sit across the table and glare malevolently at you until you finally ask me what’s wrong.

I will then tell you what is wrong. In considerable detail, probably more detail than you want to hear.

I will explain the intricacies of the preparation. not to mention the labor I put into producing these gourmet delights.  And how by mixing them, you have nullified my efforts and personally offended me.

Telling “But that’s the way I like it” will win you an invitation to go buy an everything pizza. You are not worthy of my table. If you have, perchance, put ketchup on it, just back away from the table and leave quietly. It’s for your own safety.

I have figured out that I’m not “typical” as far as this style of eating goes. I often feel like I should never bother to cook anything more complex than pasta or chili. Or stew. Why bother to make separate items if no one can tell which is which? Why not just throw it all in one pot and cook the hell out of it? It’s one of many reasons I’ve lost my interest in cooking.

Categories: Food, Humor, Marilyn Armstrong, Recipes

Tags: , , , , ,

15 replies

  1. Definitely separated to begin with for me, but mashed potato has to be there to soak up the juices of the chicken surely? Sounds delicious.


  2. I’m with you. I still (mostly) enjoy cooking and will make a few dishes at each meal. Food looks so much more appetising when it’s not gloop — or covered in sauce. Ketchup has largely disappeared from our kitchen, but T has replaced it with chilli sauce. Sigh!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • I think it must be all their years as bachelors. I now Garry at beans out of can and spam, so whether or not he’s ready to appreciate the delicacies are a moot point. At least he only uses ketchup on fried and eggs.


  3. While it may not be typical, I too understand the labour of love! It takes time, lots of time and effort and in my case painful agony to create a meal. I want people to savour and enjoy each mouthful to appreciate the flavour (and if not that) then an appreciation for the effort that went into making a meal. These days, I’m more inclined to make anything that can be thrown in the oven and baked. Not everyone appreciates baked food, they prefer fried or whatever, but that takes too much time for me. I can’t stand that long now so I find dishes I hope will be enjoyed, toss it in the oven and hope for the best. I couldn’t agree more with you on the enjoyment factor, seriously!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. One of my siblings is of the ‘no mixing of food’ school of thought too. As a young child my parents had to buy him a special dinner plate that had dividers built in so my mother could put his meat in one, his veggies in another, his potatoes in a third and so forth. If they touched, he wouldn’t eat them.

    I consider myself a poor man’s version of a gourmand (gourmet?) and I love to savor each individual flavor of an artfully prepared meal. Having said that, I grew up eating casseroles. My parents’ way to stretch their food budget to feed three children. I’m not overly picky about if my food touches IF IT IS SUPPOSED TO. If it’s your lovely menu of asparagus, chicken, and mashed potatoes, I’d greatly admire each portion thanks.

    Just keep the onions to yourself.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. WTF?! That’s so basic as it is true. Don’t tell me that you mix with people of no discernment…. Even though I love ‘Eintöpfe’ (all in one pot) I even grill and prepare separately all ingredients for a Ratatouille and I only mix them carefully at the end. Everything else is love lost and I’d never invite such people a second time. So, you have my full support. Bon appétit!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Me too. I make each ingredient separately and mix them only at the end so they don’t get gooey and all taste the same. The only time I mix everything together is when I’m making soup. Then it’s supposed to be all smoothed out.


  6. MrB shares your thinking!

    Liked by 1 person

Talk to me!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Our Eyes Open

Come along on an adventure with us!

Keep it alive

A look at life, achieving good physical and mental health and happiness

Covert Novelist

Just another WordPress site

The Small Dog

Life from the Tail End

Cee's Chronic Illness Sisterhood

Peer support and hope for women with Chronic Illness and their support team.

Salted Caramel

Blogging, Motivation, Lifestyle and much more.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Echoes of Life, Love and Laughter

Sarah's Attic Of Treasures

Making My Home A Haven is important to me. Sharing homemaking skills. Recipes and food. Bible Studies. This is a treasure chest of goodies. So take a seat. Have a glass of tea and enjoy. You will learn all about who I am.

Green Screen

The Environmental Movie Podcast

bushboys world

Photos of my world and other stuff I hope you will enjoy too. Photos taken with Canon PowershotSX70HS Photos can be purchased.


Independent views from someone who offers some historical context


I use the best, I use the rest

This, That, and The Other

Random musings on life, society, and politics.

My Blog

Just another WordPress.com site

National Day Calendar

Fun, unusual and forgotten designations on our calendar.

Cee's Photo Challenges

Teaching the art of composition for photography.

Trent's World (the Blog)

Random Ramblings and Reviews from Trent P. McDonald

Views from the Edge

To See More Clearly

serial monography: forgottenman's ruminations

wandering discourse, pedantic rant, self-indulgent drivel, languorous polemic, grammarian's bête noire, poesy encroachment approaching bombast, unintended subtext in otherwise intentional context, unorthodox unorthodoxy, self-inflected rodomontade, …

draliman on life

Because sometimes life just makes you stop and think

The English Professor at Large

Posts about old Hollywood, current concerns



The Day After

Musings, Photography, Writing, and More



Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss

Welcome to the Anglo Swiss World


The Fun Side Of Science

A Day In The Life

People, Places, Nature, LIFE!

Curious Steph

explorations on the journey of living

%d bloggers like this: