Friday, March 20, 2009

From my microwave to an A in French cooking

I was driving the Roo-girl to school at 8 a.m. when my phone announced the arrival of a text message.

"Can you talk?"

Benign enough message, but it came from Z-man, who I knew had already been in class for more than two hours ... and who I ALSO knew could not use the phone while in a cooking lab.

Slightly panicked, I texted back an urgent "yes" and waited.

Within 10 seconds, my phone rang.

"Yes? Are you ok? What's up?" I gasped.

"I have my classic French practical today, and I have salmon."

*silence from my end*

"What are the ingredients you use for the salmon we all love? The one with the dill and the white wine?"

Uhhh ... So let me get this straight. You're calling me from CULINARY SCHOOL to find out the three ingredients I use for my MICROWAVED SALMON?

Yep. That's exactly why he called -- in the middle of class.

Shaking my head and trying REALLY hard not to laugh out loud, I relayed the secret to dish: equal parts margarine and white wine, plus dill (eyeballed, not measured). Stir, cover, zap for seven minutes, and voila! A gourmet meal.

Ok, well, to be fair, he apparently took my simple cooking secret and turned it into a gourmet meal.

He texted me later with this:

"I did a pan sear of salmon with a dill verblanc, garlic asparagus and brown butter chateau potatoes. It was really good. I got a 14/15 on it."

Are you drooling? Cripes, I sure am.

And no. He won't cook for me and the family when he's at home.



Suzanne said...

That does sound good!

Chef Jr pulls stuff like that out thin air, too. Cooking school, assignment pancakes. He comes up with pancakes topped with broiled pears, caramelized onions and an asiago cheese sauce.

He's NINE.

No, he doesn't cook for me, either.

Pamela said...

does he need a chewing audience?

Karen said...

Oh, the irony. You're apparently the master chef and yet without the degree he's getting off your recipes you'll never make a thin dime from the kitchen.

Stacie said...

hahahah, that is HILARIOUS!!!

Jaina said...

Wow, that sounds absolutely divine! Why won't he cook it for you at home?

Joyce-Anne said...

I'm not a fan of salmon but that sounds really good! Why would he cook at home? You should fake sick one day and have him make dinner for everyone.

Janet said...

damn that sounds good!

Karly said...

Oh, that's funny! I thought for sure you were going to say he cooked it in the microwave just like you do and aced it. LOL!

Karly said...

Oh, and I just read Suzanne's comment and I'm in shock over here. Seriously? That is awesome.

Momo Fali said...

What?! He totally owes you for that recipe! I don't think a home-cooked meal is too much to ask. Next time, blackmail him. You give up the recipe, he cooks later.

Burfica said...

man that should be a new house rule. If he lives there he has too cook one of his great dishes once a week. hahahahaha

Momisodes said...

Wow. That really does sound amazing! I love salmon.

SO....will that dish be named after you?

Karen said...

oh yum! I'm going to have to try that now, Z-Man Salmon al la Planet.

Trannyhead said...

I hope you're not paying the tuition ... I mean ... if you're paying the tuition you're ENTITLED to at least one meal a month.

Debbie said...

If he won't cook for you, the next time he asks, "Can you talk?", the answer needs to be "no!".

Janet said...

Must . . . find . . . salmon . . . soon. . .

This is pretty cool. A great story AND a recipe.

Although I'm pretty sure I'd have to do the microwaved version.

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