I really don’t recall how many a long time I have been instructing culinary lessons and performing cooking demonstrations. It is ironic that I never set foot in the kitchen when I was back in Hong Kong. My mother and her helper would have all the kitchen area aspects, while my brothers and I would just ‘eat and run.’ I imagine the great Lord at last had adequate of my laziness, and my 1st task in the States was doing the job in the kitchen as punishment. As I experienced no treasured functioning expertise, by natural means I started out as a dish washer. When the restaurant was closed and everyone was long gone, I would be stuck with all the filthy dishes, pots and pans, and swept and mopped the ground prior to I could clock out. Very well, I paid out my dues, my blistered palms experienced never ever been so clear. The chef appreciated my work, I was promoted to be the prep cook, and then the line prepare dinner quickly. Hence, my cooking enterprise started.
Soon after functioning as a cafe specialist for a lot of many years, I have acquired a great deal of precious expertise and recipes from distinctive cooks. Although most chefs can produce dishes that would melt your coronary heart and make you cry, but they also may have some problems understanding the front residence principle – the P&L (Profit and Loss Statement), the plate expenses, Part & Styling, Procedure Guidelines……., and substantially, a lot additional. I when worked with an Italian chef, a jolly fellow named Luigi, and he called me Pietro (for Peter). He was an immigrant from Italy, and I liked his thick accent. Most of the time I experienced to guess what he was indicating yet he cherished to sing. When we sang ‘O Sole Mio’ collectively, the full kitchen cheered. What a way to split the ice.
When I was teaching Italian Cooking course. I was producing Italian Garlic Toast, and I was utilizing the recipe from Luigi. A single of the pupils explained to the class that he had travelled all around, and that Garlic Toast was the very best he at any time experienced. I was honored, and I am likely to share the recipe with you.
Italian bread – 1 loaf (reduce into thick slices)
Fresh Garlic – 1 full substantial garlic bulb (peeled and minced)
Fresh Italian Parsley for garnish
Soften butter in the pan, cook dinner garlic till golden.
Spoon garlic/butter combine to bread, spread evenly.
Toast in oven till golden brown. Sprinkle generously with cheese.
Sprinkle paprika and parsley for garnish.
Get pleasure from them with a glass of red wine. Bon Appetit.