Wednesday, June 28, 2006


it happens to everyone, blog clog. you know when you are not as inspired as usual and you feel like none of your photos or writing is good enough to post? that, for me, is blog clog. i do have an excuse, if you accept it or not, here it is. the american clients. these clients are staying in a villa in southern tuscany and have hired me to cook for them for three nights. now as i have already told you, it is HOT here and all i can think of feeding myself is cold melon, limeade and beer! but these clients want the “tuscan experience”, full on tuscan cuisine. for those of you who are not familiar with traditional tuscan cuisine it includes things like homemade pasta with wild boar sauce, roast pork and potatoes, salami and salumi, baking and grilling with lots of heaviness and heat! needless to say, i have officially become a walking sweat factory and cannot bare the thought of one more dinner preparation. but this friday night, i have to muster up the energy to cook my last meal for the clients. they are perfectly nice people, but they get to stand by sipping their chilled wine as i cook, and bake, and grill, and serve, and clean, and feel like i never want to cook again in my life! the biggest shock came on my first evening with them. i walked into the kitchen only to discover that they were preparing frozen chicken nuggets and something that resembled mexican food called “taquitos” (frozen of course). have i been away from the states too long to understand such blasphemy? i know that in the u.k. they have similar habits and jamie has done an amazing job battling against them. i still can't believe that people really feed their kids that stuff and then wonder why they turn into beluga whales and/or have no brain power!! i know, it’s true, i eat fonzies and the food whore drinks pickle juice, but only every once in awhile. and come on! frozen preservatives warmed up and served on a plastic plate? what has the human race come to?! ok, stop. enough already with this ranting. but just in case i haven’t been comprehensive, please see above picture of mr e. and my favorite gargoyle in venice (not in that order) to get an idea of the state i am in! and if you are the client reading this, please forgive me for being so brutally honest.


Blogger jenjen said...

Great post... I could understand why you would be turned off being in the kitchen, with that heat! Down here its nice and chilly so its great being in the warm kitchen, but when summer comes around, I think i'll be feeling the same way.
Frozen tacquitos....? Yuck

11:53 PM  
Blogger kishko said...

yep, frozen tacquitos! actually, frozen everything!

8:48 AM  
Blogger Piperita said...

Gosh! And they oblige you to cook for them with this weather!!! And they were eating frozen food!!! and were did they find such stuff in an Italian supermarket???
Do we sell taquitos?????


4:42 PM  
Blogger kishko said...

well, they did pay me to cook!
the frozen goods (purchased on an american military base in naples) were just for the kids - the adults ate the "good" stuff!
thank god we don't sell taquitos!!

12:42 AM  
Blogger T said...

Kishko, I agree, its HOT here in Firenze! Ive been checking out the markets youve described on your blog, which is great fun. Hope youre keeping cool!

5:53 PM  
Blogger kishko said...

can't really say i am keeping cool! i do hope you have discovered some fun finds at the markets!

12:43 AM  

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