2/28 Quote of the Day:

“A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch.”

-James Beard

I think of this quote as a variation of the quote: “A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.” Ever heard of this quote? My teacher showed it to me some time ago, and I really like it. It’s different. Plus, it’s totally true, ask any girl. (; Hellooooo chickeneers! Today’s the last day of February already, can you believe it? Time goes by way  too fast, March is almost here! As March comes along, I’d like to let you all know I’m passing the baton to MetriDee and letting her take over responsibility of the quote-of-the-day segment. Don’t miss me too much though, I’ll still be here doing posts here and there! 😀

-Cinnamon Roll. 

2/25 Quote of the Day:

“I don’t like food that’s too carefully arranged; it makes me think that the chef is spending too much time arranging and not enough time cooking. If I wanted a picture I’d buy a painting.”

– Andy Rooney

Rooney raises an interesting point. I like pretty food. If it appeals to my senses and is visually pleasing, then I wouldn’t hesitate to eat it. But then again, if the chef spends too much time arranging and not much time cooking, then that’s not good at all. What’s the point of making it look pretty if it’s going to taste bad anyways? Food is judged mainly on taste, not presentation. I hope you chickeneers had a good day!

-Cinnamon Roll. 

Food goes well with anything

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“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

Familiar with this quote?

This is a great life lesson that teaches you about never giving up when you come across a boulder, don’t just give up, use your right side of your brains to think up of an idea. But to me, It’s telling me not to leave food to waste.

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Ever happen to you when you’re reading a book and parts of the book just make you think of food?

As I was reading All Quiet in the Western Front by  Erich Maria Remarque, I felt the pain and suffering seeping into my heart as the tragic stories were absorbed into my mind…

but at the same time, all I could think about was food.

Around the beginning of the book, the narrator talks about the front of the battle field and he refers to it as a “mysterious whirlpool…sucking me slowly, irresistibly, inescapably, into itself.” The deep representation of the front that the narrator describes as the whirlpool…just makes me think of delicious food.

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Just look at that.

The smell of  steak sucking me…slowly…irresistibly…making me drool like a dog looking at a big juicy bone.I’m sure that has happened to you before, not just with steak but with all kinds of food.

In another part of the book, there was a scene where the narrator describes:

“An uncertain red glow spreads along the skyline from one end to the other. It is the perpetual movement, punctuated with the bursts of flame…”

As a student in English class, I can imagine the strip of sky lined with red, and the horizon of the land sparking with flames here and there. The artistic view so dramatic yet to the soldiers, it would cause their hearts to beat faster, body pumping with adrenaline, mind racing at the thought of actually being at that spot in minutes.

But as I imagined that, I saw myself at a K-BBQ restaurant.

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In a crowded restaurant where everyone is almost back to back, you have to yell at your neighbor because of the noise. The smoke of the fire fill the room with delicious smell, and the sound of the meat sizzling makes you just more impatient. Occasionally, the flame rises above the grill and wave hello, which just makes your heart leap with excitement.

Another scene was when Paul (the main character) returns home for a break is nagged by his father about being in the front. Paul said that “he does not know that a man cannot talk of such things…it is too dangerous to put these things into words.”

That made me remember the many times I took a bite into the food and when someone asked me how it tasted, I just give them the look that says “You know I can’t describe it, so don’t even ask.”

Or I just let out a long groan of happiness. 🙂

You know,

sometimes, I feel like I might have that moment where when I take a bite, fireworks explode around me. Sparks of happiness surrounding me, tickling me with joy, as every bite makes me lust for more.

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These scenes remind me of all the good times I had with food, and I sit tight with eagerness, wondering as I get deeper into the novel, what other stories might my memories tell me of my life with food.

Has this ever happened to you?

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2/24 Quote of the Day:

“My doctor told me I had to stop throwing intimate dinners for four unless there are three other people.”

– Orson Welles

Haha, I love this quote! It’s probably not a good idea to keep doing these dinners though. 🙂

-Cinnamon Roll. 

2/22 Quote of the Day:

“Did you ever stop to taste a carrot?  Not just eat it, but taste it?  You can’t taste the beauty and energy of the earth in a Twinkie.”

– Astrid Alauda

What Alauda says is right. These days, processed foods make up a lot of what we eat. Make sure you eat more fruits and vegatables; foods from the earth. Not only are they healthy, but also delicious. 🙂

-Cinnamon Roll. 

“When you first don’t succeed, try and try again.”

To be honest, I don’t like this saying too much. It’s overused. It’s gotten thrown around so many times that I don’t really want to use it anymore. But without it, I wouldn’t be able to describe my love for baking. Or basic movements for that matter, like walking. When I fell on the ground for the first time, I picked myself up and tried again. Even if I don’t remember any of it happening, I knew it occurred, because I can walk easily now on those same two feet. I find it amazing. And to think if I ever did give up on something the very first time I tried it, then I probably would’ve missed out.

Like baking. About a year ago, I had a horrible experience with baking. Since my parents usually store their pots and pans inside the oven, every time I wanted to bake, I had to make sure to bring all the cookware out before turning on the oven. One day, I forgot about the pans completely and preheated the oven. It wasn’t long until I started smelling this burning scent, but I ignored it. I figured it was probably just the oven preheating, that’s all. After 15 minutes or so, my father came into the kitchen and began inspecting the oven. He saw smoke come out from above it. He asked if I had anything inside, and still completely oblivious to the fact that all the pots and pans were heating up in there, I shook my head no. Once he opened it up for himself, heavy smoke filled the air. “How did you forget to take out the pots and pans?!” he yelled. “You could have burned the house down!” This huge amount of guilt washed over me. I apologized quickly, and helped my dad take out all the pots and pans out and into the backyard. There was even a small beginning of fire from pot wrapped around a cardboard box. A plastic lid melted completely and stuck onto the metal tray my mom kept in the oven. I felt horrible. The whole time I was carrying things out I thought of how stupid I was, and what I could do to make it up. I began to cry. I told myself I wouldn’t bake again, for fear that it might be worse next time. My dad forgave me, but I didn’t forgive myself.

It wasn’t until a month afterwards that I officially told my parents that I would give up on baking, because of all the trouble I caused from the last time I baked. They sat down with me and told me they forgive me, and not to be so hard on myself. They comforted me, saying they knew it was an accident and that everything was fine. They also said that I should continue to bake, and nothing little like this should stand in the way of my love for baking. It was because of that pep-talk that allowed me to look past that terrible experience and keep baking. I’m so happy that I was able to look past it, because if I didn’t, I would’ve lost something I loved to do.

That’s my little story on never giving up. I hope all you chickeneers out there won’t give up on what you love doing. If it makes you happy, don’t let anything stand in the way of it. Work hard and perfect your skill. Stay happy. 🙂

Here’s a cute penguin that might help: (click!)

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Credit: Chibird.

-Post by Cinnamon Roll.

2/20 Quote of the Day:

“Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.”

-Mark Twain.

I simply love this quote. It’s hilarious, but it also gives me determination to learn as much as I can, although there might be challenges along the way.

-Cinnamon Roll. 

2/19 Quote of the Day:

“The way to any man or woman’s heart, or any other part of their anatomy, is through their stomach.”

-Rachel Ray

Like if you agree with Rachel! Sounds pretty true to me. I get more than happy every time someone gets me food. 🙂

-Cinnamon Roll.