Carlo Masi is one of the background hunks. I'd settle for him.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Thursday, January 30, 2014
If you like good food and a glimpse of the high life in Paris, your Head Trucker recommends this charming film that premiered last fall and is now available on Netflix. A summary from the official trailer:
Hortense Laborie (Catherine Frot), a renowned chef from Perigord, is astonished when the President of the Republic (Jean d'Ormesson) appoints her his personal cook, responsible for creating all his meals at the Elysée Palace. Despite jealous resentment from the other kitchen staff, Hortense quickly establishes herself, thanks to her indomitable spirit. The authenticity of her cooking soon seduces the President, but the corridors of power are littered with traps...Keep an eye out for the delicious-looking Nicolas (Arthur Dupont), who is Hortense's assistant. The film is in French with English subtitles, but delectable nonetheless.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Say fellas, go check out the new blog by my best friend, M. P., called phood filosophie. I've also added a link to it in the sidebar under "Truckbuddies Blogs" for future reference.
M.P., the other half of the Pork Boys, is a wonderful self-taught cook who understands the intimate connection between the garden, the kitchen, and the table, and wants to share what he knows with the world. As he puts it:
In each season, I can elaborate on how traditions for foods start and give ideas on how folks can appreciate the season's foods with some recipes.Your Head Trucker can testify that he really knows his stuff - and his cooking is larrupping good, I tell you what. Longtime readers of the Blue Truck will recall the many amazing holiday feasts M.P. has prepared that I've documented here with photos and descriptions; see our last Thanksgiving feast, for example.
I can also write on where to find various foods, growing your own herbs and veggies, and harvesting, drying, and canning.
I have a lot of plans. This is to be my retirement teaching tool, also with stories, spirituality, traditions, amusements, my own philosophies and table settings and presentations.
There is so much out there about all this, but I'm gonna do it anyway, if nothing more than to share what i know . . . which will be more comprehensive than any one blog I've seen yet. Most are just recipes or how to cook certain dishes explained out.
Now with his new blog, you'll be able to try some of his recipes yourselves, and expand your culinary horizons. I think his concept of the Wheel of the Year, connecting different foods with the seasons and the holidays is just fascinating, to give one example. I never realized or even thought about any of that, growing up in an age of canned goods, frozen foods, and supermarkets, but I wish I had.
Anyway, check it out and see what you think. Tell him Russ sent ya.