Thursday, November 23, 2006

Hamming it up

I am sitting here writing this after dinner with a glass of wine.

The mid-week menu is as follows:

Boiled smoked pork shoulder
Baby peas with butter and scallions
Parmesan mashed potatoes with bread crumbs

It was a great and simple meal.

The boiled ham is a typical Czech preparation. You take the cheap cut (in this case the whole cut which could feed about 8 people was about $5) boil it in water and serve it with a German mustard and freshly grated horseradish. Yum.

Another food blog...

It all started a long time ago.

When I was five my job was to prepare the crumble for my mother's pies. I remember sitting on the ground with a bowl between my legs my clumsy fingers mushing the buttery mixture.

It was the beginning of my culinary education.

I never attended the CIA or the Cordon Bleu...but I learned how to make a perfect pork roast from my Czech grandmother, the perfect pasta sauce from the Tuscan mother of a former boyfriend and French cuisine basics from my father.

My parents opened a restaurant when I was 12. I had to pinch hit as a waitress, cook, sous chef ... whatever was needed.

Later in life I worked as a bartender and waitress while studying for what was to become my profession: journalism.

So here I am.

I cook to relax. I cook when I need to think. I cook to feed my family.

I'm starting this blog to share my opinions, recipes and anecdotes. Food + journalism = blog.

It's going to be a fun trip. I hope you'll travel down the road with me.