Chef Wannabe's Culinary Adventures

The thoughts and adventures of a wannabe chef cooking his way into the hearts of a few.

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Thursday, October 26, 2006

In the fashion of Douglas MacArthur...

Okay, okay. I know it has been forever since I last wrote. I got busy with my other life. And now I am back. This time I am considering the option of never returning to my other life as a set designer. I am actually thinking about going back to school... culinary school that is. Yes, I am thinking of going to chef school. I am 35 years old and established in the film world but I am thinking of throwing that all away and becoming a cook. Why? Simply because I love to cook. Whenever I am working I fantasize about what I will do in my time off between film projects. What new breads I will bake, desserts I will try or dishes I will test on my friends.
I even went out and bought a book. It's called Becoming a Chef and I intend to read it this week. In it I hope to find helpful information that will help me to decide one way or the other on culinary college. I have even threatened to move back in with my parents. They didn't seem to mind and I think that is because they know that they would get to eat my homework. More on all of this later after I have done some reading, talked to a chef friend of mine as well as others and had a good long think about the whole matter. It is afterall a big change and a pricey one at that. About 4 grand for two years of school and the loss of whatever I could have made in that time working in film. I hope that in the end it is all worth it. And I am sure it will be.
Just now, I have taken out a loaf of banana bread from the oven. I have been dreaming of making this for quite some time now and finally remembered to defrost the super mushy frozen bananas that I had in the freezer. It smells great and looks pretty tasty. I have to let is cool over night in the fridge before I can taste it. I am assuming that one does this to allow the flavours in the bread to meld with each other and also to allow the oils and cooked egg to stiffen a bit in the cold... or it is just meant to drive me wild looking at it thinking about what it is going to taste like. Oh well, we'll see tomorrow.
There were an awful lot of banana bread recipes online but in the end I ended up going with the one in the Bread Bible.
For dinner tonight: Kung Pao Chicken and spicy sichuan-style green beans. I just purchased a new cook book titled: Spices of Life by Nina Simonds. I was flipping through it the other day and came across the Kung Pao Chicken and thought, "I have to have that! Spicy chicken with peanuts is always a big hit with me." So, I am going to cook a bunch tonight and freeze the left-overs for later dinners. That's kind of the only bummer about living alone and not being able to cook for others, three quarters of your meals are the other 3 frozen portions of whatever you made in the last month or so.... though it is handy to not have to cook EVERY night especially when you are in a hurry. And, too, I guess that means that if you make something really good, you don't have to share with anyone else and get to keep it all for yourself! MMM.

"I shall return"


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