Posts Tagged ‘aprons

04
Jan
11

decompression

If the madness of december has a sane side – its the family or friends we spend christmas with – even though they are, in all normallity, insane themselves.

a few candycane bandannas…

My wife and I spent a beautiful time at both of our parents homes this year – mostly in the kitchen – where all the warming memories of the holidays tend to subside.  I noticed during a 8 hour session of baking, preping, basting and creating new things to do from scratch that the dinner we were spending all day to make wasn’t nearly as fantastic as the day we spent together. My wife making my Baba’s perogies with my mother for the first time, cooking lamb racks with my father in law in the garage on charcoal while drinking single malt, the good things in life.

It’s a bit soft but I really enjoyed cooking all day with both sets of my parents, even after cooking 7 days a week for a month.

Hope you enjoyed your holidays and happy new year!

Have a good service,

j.

julia and jacques cooking at home  – wins every time

20
Oct
09

knifework

where the magic happens

where the magic happens

I rounded up a bag of old clothes I had to give to the Salvation army and started screening; old aprons, tshirts, jeans, anything to give my hands more experience with the silscreening process.
And it’s a process – anyone who tells you its easy is either a lier or a dick.
While I was learning the right amount of pressure to used to put the ink through, amount of paint, how many times to go over, hold the screen still… I thought about what it used to feel like learning to cook with proper technique when i was a teenager.

I rounded up a bag of old clothes I had to give to the Salvation army and started screening; old aprons, tshirts, jeans, anything to give my hands more experience with the silscreening process.

And it’s a process – anyone who tells you its easy is either a lier or a dick.

While I was learning the right amount of pressure to used to put the ink through, amount of paint, how many times to go over, hold the screen still… I thought about what it used to feel like learning to cook with proper technique when i was a teenager.

A time when I knew nothing but thought I knew everything.

old T + sciccors = new bandanna

old T + sciccors = new bandanna

Things I take for granted now seemed like an impossibility back then, especially good knife work.  I don’t have the mad skills I’ve seen people like Hiroyuki Sakai (Iron Chef French) use with a blade – I’m not 60 either – but I feel confident on putting together basic cuts in the vegetable and butchery world.

my LBA  - little black apron

my LBA - little black apron

I would have never thought I could julienne a hotel pan filled with 9’s all full of different types of veg in less than an hour, or race through a black cod in 3 minutes, but thats why you practice – so that when you need a black cod portioned in 3 minutes properly you can without even thinking about it.

My goal is to get good enough with a screen so that I don’t have to really think about it.

I’m breaking out the whet stone, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

out for now,

j.

that’s not a knife – that’s a spoon.