This is a raclette. You can grill whatever you like on the top and melt cheese underneath. The traditional way my brother-in-law has raclette is to boil tiny potatoes, and you chop garlic and have raclette cheese which you dust with paprika, and melt under the grill while you cook thin bacon on the top. Silver onions are always served as a side dish.
I add chipolata sausages to the grill, or strips of chicken breast. What ever you like, really. And we always have a tossed salad. We also love layering the cheese under the grill with onion, or mushrooms. It is incredibly filling. Luckily, we can get raclette cheese here, but any swiss cheese would do, even Cheddar, which is clearly not Swiss!
It is a lovely way to eat. You stop and start as you wish, and everyone cooks their food the way they like it. You pour the melted cheese over the potatoes. Just divine.
If you have some vegetarians with you, they can also cook different vegetables in the little pans you each have for cheese on the top as well. So it suits everyone.
And my day? Not so spectacular. My mood is pathetic and altogether too self-centred to report. I am less than impressed with myself.
But tomorrow is another day.