There’s a lady at work that I have mentioned on here before, and we will call her the cheffing diva. It is she to whom I spill all my culinary aspirations each day and she does the same in return. Both of our interests in food is rather obvious by our ample frames, but as other larger than life folk may know, we stick together. And if the side effect of excellent well thought out lovingly handmade food is a lifetime on the hips…? So be it, because I wouldn’t give up these experiences for anything.
But back to the cheffing diva. I have said before that she inspires me and it is true. Our diva is from the islands and she has a wealth of cooking experience that I can’t even imagine. This diva goes out looking for goat. I have never eaten goat. This diva churns her own butter. I have never even thought about it.
And she she puts me to shame too. I know that I inspire her in return, but she then somehow manages to best me. I go and get a bread machine, she eats some and gets the bread bug. She then does what I could not. The cheffing diva starts making amazing handmade bread over and over again. She buys a bread machine but refuses to use it. The diva has magic bread hands. I still don’t have the nerve to go back and try it myself.
I’m not sure what other people talk about by the water cooler, but in our office, it’s estrogen central, with a couple of foodie guys thrown in, so our water cooler moments are all recipes.
Last week, the cheffing diva says that she needs to find something to do with leeks and potato. I point her towards the amazing Delia Smith recipe of shepherds pie with cheesy leeky mash. You should try it by the way, it’s INCREDIBLE! But our diva doesn’t like ground meat, but she’s intrigued by the idea of crunchy leeky potato, so she decides to make a quiche base, but not with pastry, with leeks and potato! She makes this incredible quiche that night using those ingredients and it’s amazing. This girl can cook and this girl has ideas.
I’m lucky to have her around. It’s not often you are blessed with someone that’s like you in so many ways, but with enough differences of experience that it can really complement and build on your own…
I will talk some more about the cheffing diva in the weeks to come, but for now, consider yourself introduced…