I cook a
lot, but I don't cook things because they're good, I cook them because
of where they come from. I want to know what it tastes like to have
dinner at a great restaurant in New York or San Francisco. My cookbooks
are all from great chefs at their restaurants. No food network people,
no "great chefs at home" cookbooks (I don't care what they do at
home). I want to know what it tastes like on Friday night,
all dressed up, best table in the house, best thing you make. I don't
care too much if I don't especially like it (although I won't make it
again if I don't). One of my favorites is Tetsuya Wakuda's cookbook
from his restaurant "Tetsuya's" in Sydney Australia. Restaurant
Magazine ranked his restaurant #5 in the world a few years ago.
Linguine with a Ragout of Oriental Mushrooms (that was really good),
Roasted Lobster with Braised Oxtail (started out not looking too good,
but when I finished it was great), Breast of Duck with Apple and Ginger
Dipping Sauce (I could eat this every day), Slow-roasted Rack of Lamb
with Miso and Blue Cheese (this stuff makes me cry), Lime and Ginger
Crème Brulee (it's ok, but just ok…) …… Then there was Duck Terrine.
You never see this kind of thing in restaurants any more. They still
teach it in cooking schools, but it's mostly a lost art. I've had it at
very, very fancy weddings and I've tasted it in places like Dean and
Deluca. It's always a mixture of different meats, this one is duck,
pork, and chicken. Sometimes chefs will put nuts in it or whole fruit
or a layer of bacon down the middle, so that when you cut it you can
see all these different things in the cross-section. It's like a big
sausage. I made it exactly the way Tetsuya said. Cooked it perfectly,
done on the outside, pink in the middle, Perfect!!! … tastes like dog
food!!! I put mustard on it = dog food with mustard, I put BBQ sauce on
it = dog food with BBQ sauce, sweet and sour sauce, soy sauce, Tabasco,
more salt …. It always testes like dog food. It did at that fancy
wedding, it did at Dean and Deluca, it does everywhere. I'm sure it
tastes exactly the way it's supposed to… I put a big red X
through the page and wrote ALPO across the top …..
Gods like that: Things don't turn out the way we wanted and we blame
ourselves, but really, we did exactly what we were supposed to do. God
just had different plans. It's ok, God picked you for a reason, he put
you in that spot for a reason. You're not there because you're being
punished, you're there because you were chosen. Now all you have to do
is figure out what you were chosen to do…. Get it?
Not punished, rather CHOSEN for the task.
I wonder what ALPO tastes like with Miso and Blue Cheese?