It’s a very strange thing to go into work and have your boss say, “you lost your voice? What are you doing here? You are sick, go home.” Probably because I’ve never been in this situation. Sure, I’ve been sick working before, but as a librarian, it’s not that big a deal. In a kitchen….kind of. So there I was yesterday having Lucifer telling me to get the heck out of the kitchen. I think he felt a little bad that I had to go, and I really didn’t want to have to go home, but thank god I did. I actually love my job so much, I just don’t want to have to sit on the sidelines, even though I really want to sit on the sidelines. This virus I have is nasty. A cough, a lost voice, and just an all around “I feel like crap” feeling. So sick I don’t want to write. Ironic as here I am writing.
This is more just letting the fingers vent a bit and moving. I actually finished a book last night. I think I am up to three books this year I’ve read. One that I own. I remember years ago I would read easily 20-30 books a year. My how those days have flown. I don’t have that much time for useless reading, so if I finish a book, it has to be one I really want to read or one that has caught my attention enough to keep it.
I fiddled around the other day and ended up ordering six books from Better World Books, all poetry but one which has to do with cooking. Yeah, like I need more poetry books on my shelf. But I liked what one poet said in an episode of Poetry Off the Shelf. She said that she keeps poetry books scattered on her table like magazines. You can pick one up and read just one thing. That’s what I like about poetry. It can be long. It can be short. You can take it anywhere.
Right now I’m a little happy with my own poetry as I took three poems into work and posted them on our white boards. Two of them I referenced in the previous post, but one was a quick little ditty about the kitchen and fast movements and in a slant rhyme style. Fun and fluffy, but oh so true. I have had several people at work quite impressed with what I wrote. Juliet was like “wow, we are living this” to me yesterday. Yes, girl, we are. We (coworkers) are so living this crazy cheffing life; the serving life. We serve. Think about that. We serve. We are placing food out for other people. If you look at it that way, it sounds menial, but it is so not. I have had several people so excited for me when they find out I am a prep chef. Especially when they find that out, and that I am not a waitress (server, as we call them). They are ecstatic for me. I’m ecstatic for me.
There I was on Thursday night, working on a new chocolate frosting for our cakes, experimenting to some degree, but knowing what I wanted. I had the time and the luxury to play around with ingredients and get the input of several people about what we wanted the cakes to look like (now that the menu is about to change…) and it was this great collaborative movement. Having servers walk by and ogling your frosting; let’s just say it did not take any coaxing to get a single one to try it. Everyone was super impressed. A hazelnut ganache frosting. Yeah, it was swoon worthy. I want to be able to create more and have that look of hunger cross people’s faces. Like this ultimate desire. Food is very magical and powerful that way.
I suppose I shouldn’t sound surprised by saying that. Everyone can name someone that moans when they taste something divine. I do it. I’ve done it. Much to Lucifer’s laughter since he does it on a regular basis. Note to readers, chefs do like food. Ha ha. Food is power. Something so primal and relatively simple is at the basis of our being. Eating. And taste, well, there is a reason it is one of the five senses.
So, reading, writing, experimenting with food, are definitely going on right now. And giving myself a little rest from probably the last 8 months of crazy work. I think my body finally said, “honey, you need a break”. So break it is. Lots of lemon, honey and Alka Seltzer. Thank god for that.
Hope all you dearies are healthy and happy and enjoying the food blogging I seem to be perpetually posting. I’ve been a little disinclined to submit anything to anywhere because I’m tired. Maybe as the weather cools off.