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“What can I do for you? How can I help you?” Sounds familiar, right? I started to finally believe this should properly stay where it really belongs - as a minute-by-minute mantra of good services. In shops, in restaurants of all kinds, in call-centers and receptions. Come on… I thought the list would be a lot bigger… I am kind of disappointed that, actually, with these four categories of use, I covered all the real purposes of this phrase. …


Or drunk Brazilian shrimp tales :)

Guys, it will take only one minute. I just HAVE TO share this with you. Shrimp is wonderful. I have only bought it fresh since I first thought about cooking some and Brasil helps a lot from this point of view. Especially after May 15th, when the 45 days annual prohibition ended and the boats bring huge, marvelously fresh shrimp to the local “peixarias”.

At the restaurant here, in Itacare, Bahia, I chose only four recipes for the usual menu. Greek, Asian and Italian style with Pistola (the big ones) and a risotto with Rosa (smaller, sweetish, rosy little beauties)…


You think i’m ugly? i know i’m beautiful!

…Here he was. Wise and informed at all times. High-grader, class leader, pride bearer. The escape of the principal on every occasion: her own degree exams, announced inspections, special visits…

No matter what class we were attending, the moment the VIP entered the room, everything changed. Biology, Math or Grammar? The next question after the visitor had taken his seat in the back of the classroom was the same: “Dearly beloved pupils, what is the name of our country?” We couldn’t just simply answer “Romania”… No… That would have been considered a huge mistake and probably the result of a wrong or even subversive education. “Our country is the Socialist Republic of Romania.” Shiny smile and prideful puffed chest accompanied the answer.

Inevitably, the next question followed as expected. “And…


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I have just read Ma’ayan Plaut’s “The Thinking Tummy” and I just needed to take her point a little further. Because I am thousand percent positive that cooking without a minimum planning an a lot of thinking have one big chance to end up badly and add sorrow and frustration to our gallery of unsuccessful experiences. And I am only saying it from the perspective of home cooking, as in the professional cooking environment there is simply no such thing like not thinking.

So, you found a recipe in a magazine, you saw it on TV, your best friend bragged…


As a cooking lover since childhood, as a home cook, as a former Master Chef competitor and self-trained chef, I had the opportunity to cut one or two onions in my life. No, it didn't cross my mind to share or debate on tricks about how to peel and to cut onions without crying. But I came to the conclusion that these sometimes apparently horrifying (for some) activities that make the gorgeously attractive cooking look like a painful experience may give us some advice and knowledge about improving our own life.

1. The three cuts peeling technique. One cross-cut at…


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Hedonising a life while running from self.

How many times I reinvented myself in thirty-eight years? How many of my disguises have been fully taken and how many of them were just consequences of my own self hiding in rationalizations like fate, heritage or some other people? And even if there might have been one or two reasons that made me aware (probably way sooner than I was prepared) that my life started on a less prepared foot, why didn't I come sooner to the conclusion, mantra and certitude that, in the end, everything is a matter of choice? …

copolovici

Former communication specialist, turned into self-trained chéf by nature and by mission. On a long journey of better approaching and connecting to self.

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