Showing posts with label Quote-of-the-Day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Quote-of-the-Day. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Celebrity Status does not cook meals - a chef and team do ALL the work

Well my readers and friends l am back from a well earned holiday and started back last Monday! This time l thought l would post two quotes related very much to celebrity status and Kit Chapman and Shirley Conran and both very different in their views. The first Kit is all l believe " Catering and Hospitality" should be about the second is not and represents the attitude many so-called celebrity chefs and people in the media,portray.

Anyway as l said back and working at both catering and hospitality this includes my new trainee who l started assessing a few weeks ago! She is neither a caterer or someone that can see the real hospitality of the job! As comments like they should not be so fussy and eat what they are given and be grateful come to mind.Anyway she wants to become a chef and as l have so far found out,she thinks it is easy! So best way was leave her on her own with everything to do written down of course with a watchful eye by the manager and see what happens,during my holiday!

Well upon my return l found out that she could not cope,had not listened and had not even read my notes and carried out the instructions.So a new way had to be found and we started on the first step just as l had been taught and ignored all she thought she knew!

l started by looking at status and how the label really makes us all feel including of course,her! My first question was related to the " Art of Cooking" whereby using the " Five Senses of Cooking" it would become an art in her heart.But first step was to ask why she wants to be a chef and her answer simply was - l don't l was told by the manager it would be easier than the job l do at present,following my recent operation! I was of course taken a back and decided to explore further - do you cook l asked? - yes that was a start - and do you enjoy cooking? yes - so good so far! Her next answer floored me? I asked what is your favorite dish? - she said l do not really like food! What! 

OK we have to start by using the first 3 senses these are seeing,smelling and tasting food of all types l said? We made a simple dish of an omelet and she served it to me! It was bland and l asked if she tasted it and she said l never taste my food! This told me that she was afraid of making mistakes and as l said without mistakes we never learn! I think she understood and since the last few days she has cooked a pizza and it tasted better and l make sure she eats her dinner from the menu to taste other food! She needs to look more and smell the aroma of foods and comment more on dishes,but it is early days! Will she make a chef! NO a good cook possibly with mastering the first 3 senses and practising the last 2 of hearing and touching food! She will never cook food fit for a King or Queen or even a celebrity, but with hard conscientious work she could learn to cook good,wholesome,nutritious and tasty food and that would be good enough for me and the people we serve.

Now that's " Catering and Hospitality" and that is what all chefs do and they do not need celebrity status or the media to show them how!

QUOTATIONS: TOO FANCY 

1. " Much of what l read and see {about food} is so perfect,so fancy that it defies limitations...anyway,for most ordinary mortals.The foodie movement has put cookery on a pedestal when cookery is for the kitchen,the family and friends.Pedestals are for prima donnas,heroes and perhaps,a handful of chefs.But cookery is for everyday."
Courtesy of Kit Chapman:
Kit Chapman: is the Proprietor of The Castle at Taunton. He is a well-known personality on the British hotel and restaurant scene, and as a bon viveur, writer and television presenter, he has been a vigorous campaigner for improving culinary standards in this country.
Cover of "Superwoman"
Cover of Superwoman

2. " Life is too short to stuff a mushroom." 
Courtesy of Shirley Conran from Superwoman

You choose which of these quotes sums you up and leave a comment:

I am the caterer,cook,chef and an assessor and sometimes even the bottle washer and cleaner.                                                 
                    
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James Martin, British celebrity chef
James Martin, British celebrity chef (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are some of the chefs that inspired me to cook:
I love the green market. I walk through every ...
I love the green market. I walk through every morning on the way to work and it smells amazing. It was cuter than usual when Jamie Oliver was there (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Abundance:Quote of the Day:D.H Lawrence:

D H Lawrence born:David Herbert Richards Lawrence 
(11th September,1885 - 2nd March,1930)
An English poet,novelist,playwright,essayist,literary critic and painter,who published as D H Lawrence.His collective works reflected upon the dehumanising affects of modernity and industrialisation.In them,Lawrence confronts issues relating to emotional,health and vitality,spontaneity and instinct.

Lawrence's opinions earned him many enemies and he endured official persecution,censorship and misrepresentation of his creative work throughout the second part of his life,much of which is spent in voluntary exile which he called his "savage pilgrimage." Even though after his death he is now thought of in many circles as "a imaginative novelist of our generation and a visionary thinker" of his time.

QUOTATION:
"The near end of the street was rather dark and had mostly vegetable shops.Abundance of vegetables -piles of white and green fennel,like celery and great sheaves of young,purplish,sea-dust-coloured artichokes...long strings of dried figs,mountains of big oranges,scarlet large peppers,a large slice of pumpkin,a great mass of colours and vegetable freshness....."                          
 

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Kind of Temple:Quote of the Day:William Makepeace Thackeray

WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY:(18 July 1811 - 24 December 1863) was an English novelist of the 19th century.He was famous for his satirical works,particularly "Vanity Fair"a panoramic portrait of English society.

Thackeray,an only child,was born in Calcutta,India,where his father,Richmond Thackeray (1 September 1781 - 13 September 1815) was secretary,to the board of revenue in the British East India Company.

QUOTATION:
" Sir,Respect Your Dinner: idolise it,enjoy it properly. You will be many hours of the week,many weeks in the year and many years in your life happier if you do."                  

The posts l provide are my views of good recipes,quotations and articles and also are shared from a number of contacts, news and blogging services. They are not always tried and tested by me unless it states that l have cooked any myself,whereby it will be noted on the post accordingly.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Kind of Temple:Quote of the Day:Pearl Bailey

Pearl Mae Bailey:(March 29,1918 - August 17,1990)
A lady of many talents including her "extraordinary cook book" entitled Pearl's Kitchen: An Extraordinary Cookbook (1973) with many varied recipes.

She was an actress and singer in many various roles and appeared in "vaudeville" that lead her to "Broadway" debut in "St Louis Women" (1946) including eventually winning a "Tony Award" for her title role in "Hello Dolly"(1968). She won a "Daytime Emmy Award"for her performance as fairy godmother in the "ABC After School Special, Cindy Ellen:a Modern Fairy Tale."

In 1952 her rendition of the song "It Takes Two to Tango" hit the top ten in 1952.      

QUOTATION:
" My kitchen is a mystical place,a kind of temple for me.It is a place where the surfaces seem to have significance,where the sounds and odors carry meaning that transfers from the past and bridges the future."  

The posts l provide are my views of good recipes and also are shared from a number of contacts, news and blogging services. They are not always tried and tested by me unless it states that l have cooked any myself,whereby it will be noted on the post accordingly.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Simply Delicious:Quote of the Day:Giuseppe Lampedusa

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa:(December 23,1896 - July 23,1957)
He is most famous for his one and only "novel" Gatapardo-(first published posthumously in 1958 and translated as the Leopard),which is set in Sicily during the Risorgimento.
Tomasi as he was known was born in Palermo to Giulio Maria Tomasi,Prince of Lampedusa and Duke of Palma di Montechiario and Beatrice Mastrogiovanni Tasca di Cuto.He became an only child after the death(from (diptheria) of his sister.As a boy he preferred solitude and things to that of people, spending a lot of his time reading and meditating.

Quotation:
"Huge blond babas,Mont Blancs snowy with whipped cream,cakes speckled with white almonds and green pistachios nuts,hillocks of chocolate-covered pastry...."   
            
The posts l provide are my views of good recipes and also are shared from a number of contacts, news and blogging services. They are not always tried and tested by me unless it states that l have cooked any myself,whereby it will be noted on the post accordingly.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Simply Delicious:Quote of the Day:Richard Llewellyn

Richard Dafydd Vivian Llewellyn Lloyd:(8th December 1906-30th November 1983) 

Llwewellyn(real name Vivian Lloyd)was born of Welsh parents in HendonMiddlesex in 1906.Having tried various jobs from coal-miner,working in a hotel and writing a play he eventually became a British novelist: He eventually became a British Novelist with the pen name of Richard Llewellyn and he penned various novels such as "How Green Was My Valley"(1939) which won international acclaim and was made into a classic Hollywood film.It immortalised the "Welsh Mining Lifestyle" leading to Llewellyn winning the " National Book Award" in the US for his novel in 1940,as voted by the "American Booksellers Association."                

QUOTATION:
"O,blackberry tart,with berries as big as your thumb,purple and black,and thick with juice,and a crust to endear them that will go to cream in your mouth,and both passing down with such a taste that will make you close your eyes and wish you might live forever in the wilderness of that rich moment."  

The posts l provide are my views of good recipes and also are shared from a number of contacts, news and blogging services. They are not always tried and tested by me unless it states that l have cooked any myself,whereby it will be noted on the post accordingly.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

With Abandon:Quote of the Day:Harriet Van Horne

Harriet Van Horne:{1920-1998) Born in Syracuse,NewYork and graduated from the " College for Women of the University of Rochester in 1940.She was a syndicated journalist appearing in the "New York Post" and other newspapers around the country.In 1960 she covered the "Nixon-Kennedy Debates" as a critic for the "Scripps-Howard" newspaper chain.Her work landed her the " master list of the Nixon political opponents."
During her life Van Horne had to deal with prevailing sexism against female journalists.As Ray Erwin of "Editor and Publisher" described her as a "dainty,blue-eyed blonde with a sweet-voiced feminine manner-and a harpoon in her typewriter.In 1927 she published the essay collection"Never Go Anywhere Without a Pencil."
Van Horne like the reality of TV and not the Universal cowboy and cop nonsense,saying imagine reviewing I Love Lucy 20 times or Gunsmoke 10 times.Van Horne continued writing her newspaper column up and until her death, eventually replacing reviews with any random subject that crossed her mind.While her columns remained popular with readers,few newspapers carried them due to the impossibility of categorization.

QUOTATION: Courtesy of: Harriet Van Horne and published in October 1956 by Vogue:
"Cooking is like love.It should be entered into with abandon or not at all" 
                         
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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Make Memorable Meals:Quote of the Day:Grimod De La Reyniere

Grimod de La Reynie`re (1758-1837) known as Alexandre Balthazar Laurent Grimod de La Reyniere 
A lover of food and good wines Grimod trained as lawyer gaining fame during the reign of Napoleon,for his gastronomic lifestyle.

Though his father had built a stylish house in Paris with a garden that overlooked the bosquets of the   Champs-Elysee's and kept a great table,the younger Grimod had been born with deformed hands was kept out of sight,a circumstance that developed his biting wit and dark sense of humor.
Upon returning from his studies in Lausanne he collaborated in the Journal des theatres in 1777-78, continuing to write reviews of the theatre some of which he published himself.
During his parents absence he gave grand dinner parties in the Hotel Grimod de la Reyniere at one at which his father returned suddenly, to find a pig dressed up and residing at the table.
The story made its rounds in Paris and a breach with the family ensued,which culminated in a                  lettre de catchet that disinherited him and confined him to a abbey close to Nancy,where at the table of the father abbot he began to learn the art of good eating.
He was a correspondent to the scandal chronicle,Correspondence secrete politique et litteraire (1790) relating  to Paris during the reign of Louis XVl and formed a liaison with the actress Adele Feuchere,who bore their love child in 1790.
Supported with very little money from his family,he had the idea of buying food directly from the producer,and selling it in a store at a set price,to make a living he opened a shop ion Lyon selling groceries,tools and other exotic commodities.When he gained his liberty on the death of his father in 1792,he returned to Paris and spread the activities of his "societe Grimod et Cie," opening stores in other french cities.
He reconciled with his mother,who was saved from the guillotine through his connections,and began a series of mock funeral dinners.

At the first public critic cooking,the first reviewer of the ambitious restaurants that cropped up in Paris in the late eighteenth century and flowered under the Napoleonic regime,his name is a by-word on par with Brillat-Savarin" and an equally rich source of quotations in "French Gastronomic" literature, through the eight volumes of his annual "La Almanach des gourmands"which he edited and published from 1803-12 inclusive.
Even though the Gourmand still retained its sense of "gluttony" on of the "Seven deadly Sins" and Grimod's choice of the word  when "friand"usually connoted a connoisseur of fine food and wine,was a conscious one and wholly in character;gourmand and gourmet,first achieved their modern connotations in Grimod`s Almanachs,which among other where the first "restaurant guides."
The success of the Almanachs encouraged Grimod to bring out the monthly                                         "Journal des Gourmandes et des Belles" which appeared for the first time in 1806.The editorial board met weekly at the " Hotel Grimod del La Reyniere"those "Diners du Vaudiville" composed of dishes sent round by the Premier restaurants of Paris for judgement, by Grimod as host and presiding genius.
His "Manuel des Amphitryons"("hosts") appeared in 1808.Whereby "Sainte-Beuve" called him the
"Father of the Table"

So this seemed to be an apt quote from such a man who brought about such changes in French cuisine terms of reference:
QUOTATION:
"Life is so brief we should not glance either to far backwards and forwards...therefore study how to fix our happiness in our glass and in our plate.

He inherited the family fortune at the death of his mother in 1812,married his devoted mistress, gave his own funeral to see who would come then retired to the Chateau de Villiers-ser-Orge,near Paris.                                    
                             
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Make Memorable Meals:Quote of the Day:Robert Carrier

Robert Carrier McMahon: known to us as Robert Carrier: Chef (1923-2006)
Born in Tarrytown, New York was an American Chef,Restaurateur and cookery writer. After his parents went bankrupt in the 1930's Great Depression,they maintained their lifestyle,through removing their servants and preparing their own elaborate dinner parties.Having toured Europe as an actor the young Carrier eventually returned to America and often stayed with his French grandmother,in upstate New York and she taught him to cook,making biscuits and butter-frying fish caught in a nearby stream.      

He eventually moved to England permanently where he became based from 1953-1984 and then until 1994 where he gain his reputation, until his death.

Quote:
"I used to love the way everyone talked about food as if it were one of the most important things in life.
And of course,it is.Without it we would die.Each of us eats about one thousand meals each year.
It is my believe that we should try and make as many of these meals as we can truly memorable."

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Slaves in the Kitchen:Quote of the Day:Harriet Arnow

Harriet Arnow: {Known as Harriet Simpson Arnow}(1908-1986)

Today's quote of the day: comes from a writer,novelist and teacher.All that equipped her for the love of life she so embraced.Having hailed from Monticello,Wayne County,Kentucky she was very much aware of the family unit and the love of cooking for family.One of 6 siblings she became a teacher as both her parents were teachers.Her quote one of many was little understood and even more not written as we write these days, but remember she hailed from down south.

Quote:
" Who inu hell"l said to myself,"wants to try to make pies like Mother makes when it's so much simpler to let Mother make um inu first place?"          

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Memories of Childhood:Quote of the day:Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust:known as {Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust}(1871-1922) was a French novelist,critic and essayist.Also according to this quote he was a keen exponent of food and the experiences relating to such.

Quote:" When from a long distant past nothing subsists,after people are dead,after things are broken and scattered,still alone more fragile,but with more vitality,more unsubstantial,more persistent,more faithful,the smell and taste of things remain poised for a long time,like souls,ready to remind us,waiting and hoping for their moment,amid the ruins of all the rest,and bear unfaltering....the vast structure of recollection."              

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Memories of Childhood: Quote of the Day:Clementine Paddleford

Quote of the Day: Memories of Childhood: Courtesy of Clementine Paddleford (1898-1967)

An American food writer who wrote for publications such as"The New York Herald Tribune, New York Sun and The New York Telegram to named but a few." One of her favorite sayings about being a hero was related to the "submarine sandwich" or Po'Boy in the 1930's,one of the forerunners to "Hairy Bikers" version. In her  writing she comment - one needs to be a hero to finish the gigantic Italian sandwich!
One of her favourite assignments was to report on cooking and food aboard a US Navy submarine that took her aboard the USS Skipjack (SSN-585)for a brief cruise in 1960,named after the skip-jack tuna fish of the same name.

QUOTE:
"We all have homegrown appetites.Every other person is a bundle of longing for the simplicities of good taste once enjoyed on the farm or in the hometown{he or she}left behind."            
 
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Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Most Vital Ingredient:Quote of the Day:Kathy Lette

Today's quote comes from Kathy Lette newspaper columnist and author of sit-coms she write this quote of the day, explaining that the most important ingredient is people!

Quote of the Day:Courtesy of Kathy Lette
" ....planning a brilliant menu and preparing it beautifully does not guarantee a recipe for success.It is pointless giving painstaking thought to food,if you have not given food to thought.
The truth is people are the most important ingredient."  

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Friday, September 7, 2012

With Appreciation - Quote of the Day:Bernard Levin

Today's quote of the day is from both a English Journalist,Broadcaster and Author and described by          The Times "as the most famous journalist of the day." His name is Henry Bernard Levin better to known as    "Bernard Levin" and his quote says what all of us should believe when we eat a good meal with great ingredients! He uses the words " indulge reasonable and not grossly" a little is better than a lot!

QUOTE: Courtesy of Bernard Levin (1928-2004) 
"We must keep these pleasures in proper perspective,we must indulge them reasonably,not grossly....
The savour of good food and good wine is one of the elements of civilisation,and no man who embarks upon a fine meal in that knowledge can rise from it without thinking something real has been added to his nature"              

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

With Appreciation of Good Food:Quote of the Day

Socrates: " Bad men live to eat and drink,whereas good men eat and drink in order to live."

Socrates:(469-369 BC)

The posts l provide are my views of good recipes and also are shared from a number of contacts, news and blogging services. They are not always tried and tested by me unless it states that l have cooked any myself,whereby it will be noted on the post accordingly.

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