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Applewood Villages
Jun 12

Quarantine Cafe, Day 32

BY: CHEF GABRIEL

Top Ten Things Cooking Has Taught Me About Quarantine


10. There is always something to do. Even if it’s peeling potatoes. Or rearranging the lazy Susan. For the seventh time. Or greasing the mixer’s motor. Just daily routine stuff.


9. Clean as you go. When confined to a relatively small space it’s important to work clean. Order can turn to a garage sale in a matter of minutes. Throw a toddler in and it’s more like seconds.


8. Keep your house in order and your mind will follow suit. Remember to rotate the bad product out, both physically and mentally.


7. Respect the process, use slow to your advantage. Some of the best things in life need only time and attention. Big fan of allowing bread to rise for one full season of the Walking Dead.


6. I love to cook with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food. Change the word “cook” for “isolate” and “food” for “dixie cup” and it’s the same for quarantine.


5. Don’t fuck with my mis. This is something you will never understand unless you are a native of the Island of Misfit Chefs. Suffice to say if the Easter jelly beans are behind the spice rack they better be there at midnight when the only thing lighting the kitchen is the glow of Netflix.


4. Role play your usual routine at work with your assets at home. I like to have daily conversations in Spanish with my dogs and sometimes they even goose me.


3. Remember attitude is everything and the food knows when yours sucks. So does your family. So get some coffee, play some music and be sure to step off the line every once in a while to swing in the hammock.


2. Quarantine. Fucking. Blows. Seriously, if I didn’t have the kitchen I don’t know what I’d do. I’m used to 90 mph and five things going at once and five more in the queue. And I still get that. But now it’s called homeschooling.


1. Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want. I post finished product pictures, what is not seen is how many times I completely screwed it up before getting it right. We are bound to repeat the lesson until we learn it. And that, my friends, is LIFE. Also core math.

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