watching the master at work

keifel —  March 15, 2004 — Leave a comment

well mistress would be more appropriate.

i’m comfortable in the kitchen. i can hold my own. i’m not necessary a recipe cook, but i can follow instructions. there has never been an doubt about who’s kitchen it is or would be with vic and i. and now that i’ve see her work, there will never be any doubt.

vic’s entire posture changes in the kitchen, she is assertive and completely in charge. watching her cook is a joy to behold. nigella, alton, yan, that ‘bam’ guy; pshaw, none of them hold a candle. well maybe nigella, but that’s just a tiny bath candle. she is truly goddess and mistress of her domain. her technique is amazing. from the careful preparation of ingredients to actually cooking, everything is done with precision and skill. i’ve seen a lot of the stuff that’s done on the food network but to sit in your own kitchen and experience it, is amazing.

last week we made fudge and the recipe came out of a simple wooden box. there is an almost mystical aura from this box. the recipes are mostly hand copied and there is a story for each of them they are all neatly arranged into categories and then further subdivided according what they are. all the scones together, all the muffins together, etc. and the box is not all there is shelf in our bedroom populated almost entirely by cookbooks of every shape, size and description and vic can off the cuff tell you what to find and where to find it. and this translates into the cooking. vic is not slave to these recipes, in most cases, they are really just useful guidelines. substitutions can be and are made on the fly, with spectacular results.

i’m glad that i have the honor of sharing a kitchen with victoria.



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