A good example is one I discovered very recently. Michael Silvius was born and brought up in Venezuela (so speaks fluent Spanish I guess) but now, by his own admission, lives in La La Land. That can only be Maine, in the United States. Not only does he appear to be a proficient carpenter and joiner, he's also a damn good cook and photographer (and aviator, writer, family man, good at his job, everyone likes him etc. I'm really jealous of these multi-tasking types who with their Midas touch turn everything they turn their hands to to gold). His blog, Nails and Sawdust, is well worth a read. It isn't all about chipping wood, although it is fascinating to see and read how he transforms raw timber into something useful and beautiful, it's much more varied than that and both the writing and photography are excellent.
His recipes, however, are outstanding. They are simple, easy to follow and accompanied by clear, step-by-step photographs.
You can imagine how flattered I was then, when he took a recipe of mine for Muamba da Galinha, an Angolan peasant dish which I love, and not only tried it, he improved it and then gave me full credit! Nonsense, Sr. Silvius. You have taken a raw diamond and polished it. I tip my hat to you.
Sadly, in today's straightened economic environment we are forced to tighten our belts and all too often this means restricting our diet to the boring. I would urge you to try Michael's vast improvement on my recipe for a cheap, yet delightful dish and, while you are waiting for it to cook, read his blog and see all the other wonderful recipes he has posted. As I have already said, if you are a chippy or a pilot, you'll find it interesting as well.
|Which do you think looks more appetizing, mine...|
|... or Sr. Michael's?|
(I just love his work surfaces! Yet another reason for me to hate the smug git)