Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Chef

Which is not me.

Have you ever felt like this?
That's what I feel like in the kitchen.  Just hang on, baby.

About 8 years ago I sat down at the table in the front garden and cranked out a children's book.  I hadn't been planning on writing a children's book, it just came out, so I wrote it down.  I've now decided that it's time to illustrate it and print up a couple copies.

It's sort of autobiographical, you know, about life here on the top of the mountain and what I do here.  Today I started painting the page that makes reference to me being a chef. A chef?  What was I thinking? As I was painting myself in a big, white puffy hat I started to feel a bit guilty.  I don't really cook. I mean, I cook, just not all that well. Really, not well at all.  I wonder if, on the day the book came out of me, I had had a go in the kitchen and it went well.  Who knows why I called myself a chef.  Maybe it was a premonition of things to come.  Probably not.

Anyway, while I was painting I had this feeling of guilt and then a feeling of hunger, so I went to the kitchen where I ruined some perfectly good rice.  See....

I won't bother with the recipe except to give you the ingredients:
green onion
wild asparagus (see below)
cream cheese
juice of a blood orange
soy sauce

Yep, it tastes just about how you'd imagine it to.  I don't think there is a cookbook inside me waiting to come out any time soon.

I did however, during a rainy Sunday, make a lovely spring smock to keep myself clean whilst I ruin perfectly good rice.  See...

Actually I made that so I stay clean when I planting the herb garden....which I'll need when I do all that good cooking this summer.  See....
And to wear when I go hunting for wild asparagus to put in all that good food I make.  Pretty proud of finding this haul this morning.  See....
Yeah, ok, I've got to go now.  The smell of the perfectly good ruined rice dish sitting next to the computer is making me a little sick.

1 comment:

  1. You are so funny. I'm sure the book will be a wonderful guide to enjoying life doing what you want to do. I have very positive expectations. :)