Born to be a chef ?
June 11, 2017 7:36am CST
I wanted to have an eggplant caviar for my lunch yesterday, and I realized that I had no more garlic. I bought the garlic, and also some little black olives that would be perfect for that dish, and I prepared the caviar today. I have a good trick to make it more tasty, I add the juice of a lemon to the eggplant puree at the end. I just tasted it while cooking the meat to go with it and it tastes... flat. I am realizing that I forgot the salt and pepper. Have you days like this one for me where you think that, despite of your best efforts, you are not born to cook ?
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11 Jun 17
I have never heard of this one. Having a look. Not at all. There are eggplants in both but they certainly taste very different : the caponata is cooked with vinegar, capers and green olive, it probably tastes a lot bitter than the caviar.
11 Jun 17
@pgntwo I have never been in one of his restaurants, but I was a great fan of Kitchen Nightmares and the way he was bashing these poor restaurant owners. I am sure he is a top chef, but he is also a good comedian. I do not think that anyone is born to be a cook and own a restaurant anyway. I will have a look at the way he prepares it. I learned the recipe with my mother who was preparing it traditionally. There are easier methods, but I stick to my family recipe. I am impressed. He does it quite the same way than I do, and he is not born here. I do not put thyme, I think it would be a bit too "thyme flavored", and I add some basil and cumin, but it is the only differences. And he adds some lemon juice. He is really a good cook for a Scottish man.
12 Jun 17
I am very bad when it comes to pastries. I know only how to do a few easy traditional cakes. Make me think that it is the right season for a cherry clafoutis. For Ramsay, I had fun watching his Kitchen nightmares on a cable tv channel and I regret that they stopped to produce it. We have a MasterChef in France, but I have never been very interested by this one. I watch times to times the equivalent of "Come dine with me", "Un dîner presque parfait" here, it is the kind of reality show where you realize how some people can be hypocrite and nasty just to win a stupid game.
• Pamplona, Spain
13 Jun 17
@topffer I find "Master Chef" too artificial and when they did one for the children I found it un horror. Children should be showered with love and not with you have not done this or that even if they know if they know its not for real. Shouting never got anyone anywhere I know I have been there.
11 Jun 17
It is a typical dish from Southern France. It can be eaten cold on a slice of bread, or served hot with a meat or a fish. I have learned to prepare it the traditional way, but it is not easy, and many people are buying it already made in their supermarket.
• United States
15 Jun 17
@topffer Extremist indeed! She sure changed your eating lifestyle (but for the better, right?). One cannot deny great taste though - we like what we like. Would we rather a restaurant be healthful or tasteful (preferably both of course!). My mother put so much salt in her cooking that my father thought all restaurants did not have enough salt in their foods !
12 Jun 17
If you are interested by this dish, pgn has given a link in his response to a video where Gordon Ramsay explains how to prepare it. He does approximately the same way than me. You can eat it cold on a slice of bread or hot with a meat, a fish... or whatever you want for your meal.
8 Jul 17
I like to cook fast foods only which are not time consuming...lol