A Pair Of Gourmands

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Submitted by The Chef in Stead

He says:

Forget later, eat it, drink it and use it now!

Last weekend I had people over for dinner, and the funniest conversation occurred. One of the guests has a 1986 vintage bottle of wine that she has kept for a special occasion. The problem is that there is a big chance that the wine is not good anymore. It got me thinking about all those people that keep stuff only for special occasions. Whether it is the China set, a special jar of jam or a nice piece of meat in your freezer, why wait? Live today!

Anyone who has lost a family member agrees about the fact that life is too short to wait for special occasions. Today is special enough for me - eat it, drink it, use it and enjoy it while you can. The moment is now!

Create yourself special occasions every week and if you break a plate while you were using it, well that’s life! Just make sure that your wife won’t find the pieces…

Cook this summer recipe, and use the nice dishes!

She says:

One of the reasons I married him was that he wanted to live life to the fullest, just like I did. It is true that I get more upset when something breaks, but that is because he is more of a klutz than me and breaks things more often!

Seriously though, we do have plans for the future, but we always live to enjoy each moment to the fullest. We have lived in many different places, and I have always been proud that we made the most of where we were… I have walked along the beaches of Vancouver at sunrise and sunset, golfed at the Banff Springs and snow-shoed across a frozen lake in northern Quebec.

We have invited friends to share sumptuous feasts with all the good china and heirloom pieces, and we have had picnics in the backyard where people have balanced plates on their laps and had paper towels for napkins! A good time was had by all at both kinds of gatherings, and I can honestly say that the best part was sharing the company of good friends. When it is all said and done, the things are not what warm your heart. Invite your friends over this weekend and share whatever you can, even if it is only time. You will not regret it.

Chef Martin’s Tip 13 - Simple, simple, and simple

If you want to improve your skills behind the range, you need to start simple. Four to five ingredients maximum allowed per creation! You can use any spices or herbs you want, but no more than one at a time. Cooking techniques can vary, but the best thing is to use a one pan until you understand its function, then you can master the next one.

Until you can master this concept, keep at it - it will teach you to control your seasonings, cooking methods and let you taste ingredients in a pure way!

Keep it simple for a while, then go wild!

“No matter what happens in the kitchen, never apologize.”
(Julia Child, 1912-2004)

The Chef in Stead - Website For Previous Chef Tips For comments or questions, you can reach Martin at 250-712-4440 or Email.

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About the Author

Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, which means she is someone passionate about people having a good time. 

Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, service programs, and special event coordination.

Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column. She and her husband Martin Laprise (also known as Chef Martin, of The Chef Instead) love to share their passion for food and entertaining.  

Kristin says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that 'sense of place' from where the food has come . . . the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had."


E-mail Kristin at:  [email protected]

Check out her website here:  www.wowservicementor.com


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