WHEN SOMETHING BREAKS
Let’s be honest; kitchen appliances have a habit of breaking at the worst possible times. The oven cuts out on Thanksgiving morning. The fridge stops working when it’s filled with food. Don’t think your dinner party is free from these disasters. Instead, set a plan in place for if your oven decides it doesn’t want to cook on the day. Write down the number of a company like City Appliance Repair, and call them the moment something happens. The repair time may set you back, but it’s better than not having anything to serve. And, there’s no need to hide what’s happened from your guests. When they arrive, explain why the food might be a bit late. They’re sure to laugh!
No amount of preparation can save you from the odd missing ingredient. You know the ones – pesky ingredients that are easy to forget, but somehow form a crucial part of your meal. If you notice you’re missing something, head straight to the shop. Don’t spend time beating yourself up. Let it go, and get what you need. The faster you are, the better. Of course, there is the risk of your local shop not having it. If that’s the case, you’re going to have to think on your feet and tweak the recipe. The internet can be a real help in situations like these. Search for alternatives. There are ways around everything! It might be worth doing this before you leave for the shop. Just in case…
A COOKING DISASTER
Did you notice how this is very much a worst until last situation? Cooking disasters are every host’s nightmare. And, let’s be honest; our food often fails when we’re cooking to impress. The best way to avoid a disaster on the night is to practice the meal beforehand! In fact, it might be best to choose something you’ve cooked many times. If you’re trying a new recipe, though, have a practice run. Prepping on the day can also be a huge help. Pre-cook anything you can so you have less to do when you’re distracted by guests. That way, you have time to redo if you need to.
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