11 Jun 2015

blue & greens...





Late spring, early summer.

Actually one of the nicest seasons of the year. You can feel that slowly the heat is coming into town. Although people don't like it very much I have to say we need a bit of a rain.
No, it is not complaining. It is just being worried of the enviroment. And obviously of the food you could prepare for dinner. It is more fun when everything is more juicy and well nourished.

I still have the idea to ask the summer to come into my home and stay until next spring, maybe? 
Just because we can't breath the fragrance of the summer the whole day (and  honestly who wants that when he is living in a big city?) I started my own little indoor summer today. And when I am lucky they will stay until next spring. Maybe a bit longer.

Please join me in welcoming my new guests

Rosemary, Sage, Aztec Sweetherb, Oregano, Thyme, Mint and Verbena.
thyme, mint
aztec sweetherb, oregano

aztec sweetherb
thyme

verbena


 And never forget the best friend of my guests.


indoor rain machine





18 May 2015

cooking catastrophes





The wish working as a chef comes along with a lot of changes in your live.
In the first place your social life will change completely. Most of your friends will have different working hours which makes it a bit harder to meet them. Even if you have been quite a sportive person you have to think about alternatives to keep you body in shape.

Secondly you hardly can change the work situations for the duration of apprenticeship. You just have to deal with them. You might have unfriendly colleagues or head chefs. Most of the time is quite loud and the language could be rough in the kitchen.



And you don’t have to worry but you will reach more than once a point where you think of maybe making a wrong decision by becoming a chef.



At the end it is not only about pushing pans and pots, cutting, dicing, slicing, sadness and joy and being a chef. At the end you become an inventor, a poet, a magician, an adventurer, a traveler, an architect, an artist.



And you don’t have to worry but you will reach more than once a point where you think that you have the greatest job of the world.



Last week I reached once again this point. I worked for the two performing artists, Eva and Sybille, and their project “Cooking Catastrophes”. This work made me an engineer, a draughtsman, a destroyer and a sovereign of the elements. Holding water, fire, earth and air in your hands to create a world. A world like our planet. Volcanoes, islands and beaches, oceans, streets and skyscrapers.

And then…catastrophes made by nature and us.

 

1 Jan 2015

... and happy new year


The first day of a new year is almost gone.
Started the day late with a cup of coffee, walking the dog and talked to my kind of hang over on the couch for another hour.

What a year it was, this 2014. Do not worry, I am not going to complain about the last 365 days. If you have been listening to your friends and the people around you I am not able to tell you anything new. It was not that bad although it does not get a medal for good behaviour. It was just exhausting.
But you already know.

The last day of the year is always  a special one. You might think of the past and making plans for the future. Or as I did, spent the evening with the people you love having a nice dinner. Playing games and listen the music meanwhile pity the dog who does not like the noise of fireworks.
Suddenly close to midnight. Open the bubbles, fill the glasses and the first rocket is finding its way into the sky. Say goodbye to the old and hello to the new year. Sparklers dancing through the night and people coming together sharing another glass bubbles and wishing each other all the best.

So do I.
All the best for you, your families and friends and all the other important people in your live.
Have a great 2015 and another great adventure.