The Camel of all Vegetables

We stared at the box. Two cooks and a box of leeks. A conundrum. “Well…” I started slowly, and lifted my right hand to hold my bottom lip, elbow cradled in my left hand as it folded across me. I tapped my chin. A thinking position. “I hear leek soup is good.” Becky acknowledged the half hearted…

A Day in the Life: The Cooking Edition

People ask me what I’m doing these days. I usually say “Actually, I’m cooking at a fishing lodge in the boonies of Northern Manitoba this summer!” And they say “Wow! How’d you end up there?” And then I send them off to THIS POST right here. And that is that. Cooking can be pretty straightforward. But…

Scrubbing Selfie, Knuckles Down

Life Lesson #24: If you scrub your own burnt pots, your dishwashers won’t hate you. I guess it’s called taking responsibility for your actions. Or How Not to Make Enemies. Needless to say, today’s broccoli soup was not so beautiful. And listen, you WILL burn a pot (or two) in your lifetime. Doesn’t matter who you…

Cinnamon Torte, a Stacking Sport

I learned about Torte the other day. A loose definition from the internet:  a rich, round, flat, sweet cake, often with cream and fruit; usually multilayered, often made with very little flour and ground nuts or breadcrumbs, egg yolks, sugar and stiffly beaten whipping cream. All that I know now. Before Friday, all I knew was…

Soup of The Day: Cream of Beautiful Broccoli

My life revolves around food. There is no way around it. I think not in weekly schedules following Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday but in cycles of Pasta-Ribs-Chicken-Steak. Conversation is difficult to bring to things outside of the kitchen, and the most exciting thing in my day just might be icing the carrot cake! So forgive me, folks, for the first…

Be Good to Your Cooks

I walked into the staff lunch room to silence. Most of the day this would be normal, but at this point in time there were about 15 guides, waitresses, and others wedged in around the brown wooden tables, hunched over plates and hiding behind the assorted stacks of napkins, juice jugs, condiments and clean mugs…

Crouton Connections

Some of the best life advice I’ve ever heard was given to me in my high school outdoor ed class. My teacher was raving about food in the bush, the day’s topic of conversation being steak (a popular subject that came up weekly). I’ll save you the dopey expressions on the boys’ faces and the drool building in…