lectures: Food on the table
August 16, 2003 - intro by Mrs Johanna Grumblin
Expo theme for August is "Food on the table". This month all co-hosts will
focus on the dining routine. Any home has a dining table, and I wouldn't
be surprised if that is the most busy spot of your home. Check out this
month's meals and lectures and more!
There are currently 6 lectures
for this theme. You can still send me lectures from the Food
There are also several nice
dining items, mainly meals, to be presented with links on the official
Expo section (August).
children from eating snack all day - new Aug
guests - new Aug 13th
the dining table
a group meal
+ Several lectures posted
at Food Expo co-host, Greymount
Does My Fork Go? Dining Etiquette for Sims,
by Dorian Wallace
and a Movie: The Concept of Food & Dating,
by Jack Daniels
Stop your children from eating snack
Lecture by Johanna Grumblin
It's a well known fact that
sim children love to eat snacks, they actually
love snacks so much that
it might ruin their appetite. When you finally
have prepared a meal they
might no longer be hungry. And they often leave the snack bag on the kitchen
When I get questions about
how to avoid this, I give out two answers.
You can make sure the children
are never very hungry, and they will be less interested in eating snacks
from the refrigerator. One way to handle this, would be to allways have
a bowl of fresh fruit or other healthy food
available on a counter.
In my food section at the STUFF (Simmerville web) you will find a bowl
of red mini apples, and a plate with deliscious flamingo eggs. You can
also bake buns or rolls etc. You will be surprised to see that most children
pefer eating these kind of things instead of snacks.
Another way is to block their
way to the refrigerator. You can either place a kitchen chair or a trash
can etc. in front of the refrigerator, or - even easier - you can just
flip the refrigerator whenever you are not in the kitchen to stop them.
A refrigerator is heavy, and this will naturally be quite troublesome in
the long run, but it works.
If your kitchen is very tiny
a final sollution to the problem would be to lock the kitchen door. You
can not place anything in the doorway, but depeding on the layout of the
room, you might be able to place one or two furniture near the door, making
it possible to block it by adding one more object (i.e. a floor plant or
lamp) 1 floor tile from the door.
Lecture by Penelope Burgess
When feeding guests, always
be completely energized and prepared to clean up the entire meal. Also,
if more than six people will be eating, it would be wise to cook as many
meals as needed. Or, if you want, you could cook one meal for the guests
and then cook one for yourself. OR you could serve a meal AND order pizza,
so they have a wide variety.
FINALLY, when everyone has
left the table and no one is coming back to clean up, it is wise to clean
up any remaining dishes or pizza boxes. If anyone left trash on the ground,
throw it away.
After the kitchen is clean,
you could serve some drinks for everyone then go join a guest and have
fun with them. Try not to be in the same room as everyone else when you
go to bed. It gets embarressing.
Fresh or stored
Lecture by Isabelle Ashfield,
founder of the Sim Parade Cooking Club,
Hi, itís Isabelle Ashfield
here. I myself cook a lot and am always encouraging more people to cook
but I never mention the ingredients. Which is best? It is the fresh vegetables
from the garden or market that you store in the pantry or is it the pre-packed
ingredients and meals from your fridge?
I myself love to grow my
own vegies and if I run out Iíll buy them from the market. My family loves
to grow vegies in our garden and the kids love to play hide and seek behind
the garden beds. Even though we bought a cat to help us keep the pests
away the cost are rather low. It is also much more fun then purchasing
all our meals.
I love to cook with fresh
ingredients too. You really get to feel what youíre cooking. My husband
also loves the exercise of gardening! Cooking with fresh ingredients is
really the same as cooking with pre-packed accept that the meal tastes
nicer and is very fresh!
Most modern families use
pre packed as in the rust of today most families donít have the time to
grow their own vegies or even chop them up! Pre-Packed means quick and
easy! It also means more time for relaxing and watching TV.
Even though I prefer fresh
Pre-Packed comes in handy when weíre having dinner guests, as I donít think
Iíll grow my vegies quick enough to feed all our guests! It also is really
good for those surprise visitors from work or when we need a late night
snack and there is nothing left?
So which one do you prefer?
Fresh or Pre-Packed?
Cleaning the dining table
Lecture by Johanna Grumblin,
You probably never thought
of it, but there are various ways to make sure the dining table is clean
after a meal. If you were dining alone, you would of course bring your
emptied plate to the sink or dish washer, but if you serve a group meal,
there are details to be aware of.
Walking back and for to the
sink sure can be tiresome, especially if you are already tired. In some
homes it's routine that each household member bring their own plate to
the sink. What a waste of energy!
When the first sim is done
eating, do tell him or her to relax. Either sit by the table with the others
or go do something else. The same goes for the remaining dining individuals,
except from yourself or the household member that is the last one to complete
When the last sim is ready,
he or she can collect all the empty plates and bring them to the sink in
one operation! It doesn't take more energy to bring 5 plates than to bring
just one. How clever, and how easy!
Another way to clean the
table if you have neighbours visiting, especialy if it's an regular visit
where your remaining plans for the visit do not depend on your guest's
mood, is to let the guest clean the table while you do something else like
visiting the bathroom or having a cup of espresso! This works fine when
you invite a neat neighbour, but will of course not work if your guest
is a slob.
Always make sure the dining
table is clean before you go to bed. In the morning you might have time
only for cooking and eating, and cleaning plates might result in that you
won't have enough time to eat your breakfast.
Serving a group meal
Lecture by Johanna Grumblin,
Serving a meal in the most
effective way requires some planning. It depends on how large your household
is or how many guests you like to serve, and even on the house size.
The goal for the art of serving
a meal is to spend as little time as possible on walking. You walking from
the stove to the serving surface. Each household member or guest walking
to the serving surface to the dining table. It also is important to avoid
chaos round the serving surface, which can easily be the result if there
are many sims in a little room.
There are 3 kinds of surfaces
which relates to this lecture - I exclude surfaces in other rooms than
the kitchen and dining room, but if the kitchen or dining room surfaces
are taken or missing, you will probably serve the meal on any other table
in your house, normally the surface that is closest to the stove.
The number one choice is
a counter surface. If there are no free counters you might choose a desk,
and if there are no desks you might serve the group meal directly on the
dining table. Worst case is when you decide to serve it on a table that
is surrounded by chairs, because that means that each guest will need to
sit down to grab a plate and then get up again, and it will take seriously
long time for the whole party to get served.
My ideal solution is to make
sure there are no free counter or desk surface in the kitchen, but in the
dining room. Keep your guests out of your kitchenif possible! This requires
a rather large dining room, but these days most households can afford that.
If you can rebuild you might even like to take some from the kitchen size
to add to the dining room, because the latter ought to be bigger.
If you have no room for an
extra surface in your dining room, then make sure to have a free kitchen
counter near the dining room, but not near enough to cause chaos in the
When the serving surface
is in a different room than the dining table, it might be smart to have
a double set of doors between those two rooms.
More lectures will most likely
be added later this month. Please check back or keep an eye on the green
Expo section for August.