I was catering a Mother’s day brunch today and in the midst of the mayhem of pre-showtime rush of last minute prep and heating I had an Ahha moment.
I was jamming out with ear buds in and a shuffle list of music on my mp3. That is when I had my moment, “why is it that chef’s, food, making of food and cuisine in general and music are so integrally intertwined?” Then I wondered, “what modern musical wonders are going to be able to hold up through the hands of time?” Can you with all honesty say that any Beaver hit is as timeless as Ray Charles, or as smooth as Roy Orbison? Which is like saying that “wonder bread” is as good, hearty, and healthy as home made bread. And as food highlights go what is better then steamed asparagus with sauce hollandaise or a perfectly grilled ribeye with bleu cheese.
Long before I became a professional chef kitchens have been “rocking” and I am willing to bet that long after I am gone they will be “rocking”. There is just something about a wonderful combination of music and food that with the two you hit all of your senses and can send you to new places and take you back into time to a perfect place. So next time you direct a mini symphony in your kitchen using a steel as your baton and a chop on a board as the rhythm section create your own magical symphonic cuisine.
Riveredge Nature Center
Mother’s Day Brunch
Fruit with toasted coconut yogurt dip
Huevos enchiladas salsa verde
Roasted tomatoes, garlic, peppers and scrambles eggs wrapped in flour tortillas baked with salsa verde and shredded mixed cheese
Parmesan herb potato
Roasted potatoes tossed with fine herbs, sea salt, black pepper and dusted with aged parmesan
Chicken and Mushroom stroganoff
White wine poached chicken simmered with caramelized onions, mushrooms, roasted garlic and finished with sour cream
Chocolate-caramel bread pudding
Chocolate-banana bread swirled with caramel custard and dark chocolate ganache dusted with powdered sugar
Rolled oat and almond flour bar with fresh fruit topped with streusel
This weekend we tip our toques to our moms. There are the dads, aunts and grandmas that do that get credit for introducing us chefs and foodies to our passions, but the lion’s share go to Mom.
If your early childhood was anything like mine your mom was your personal dishwasher, prep person, encouraging voice, and guinea pig. And she always had an encouraging word to say no matter what the dish looked like or tasted. So this weekend tip your toque, bake a cake and make your moms say “WOW”, and also clean up.