Wow. Two days of work and I was able to put it all in the bowl for dinner this evening. As I mentioned in my previous post, I bought the book Ramen Otaku and decided my first culinary goal for 2019 was to make ramen, from scratch. Well, everything from scratch except the noodles. Given I’m not actually supposed to eat very much wheat, I … Continue reading First bowl of ramen… complete.
Over the last several months, I’ve tried to home in on what I felt would be a good focus for my culinary practice, at least for the first couple of months of the year. There were two things that I immediately decided to explore more. Japanese food, specifically sushi and ramen. Modernist/fine dining. I realize those are both HUGE topics that could take a lifetime … Continue reading Starting down the path of Ramen with Ramen Otaku
At the top of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is self-actualization, the driving force inside all of us that makes us want to reach our full potential. There are two hurdles to achievement in this realm. You have to clear the other levels of need before you can spend the time and energy focusing on self-actualization It takes a tremendous amount of work and humans are, … Continue reading self-ac·tu·al·i·za·tion
Now to catch us up a little on my personal development goals… After I completed the Rouxbe Pro Cook course, I signed up for a Professional Certificate of Business Administration program at UC Berkeley. Their extension office makes many of their certificate programs available via completely remote classes. You do have to take proctored final exams, but everything else can be done from your home. … Continue reading UC Berkeley, Priorities, & Marshmallows
As you may have guessed from the name of this blog, I’m terrible about keeping up with it. Life gets hectic and my focus changes like the wind on a summer day. I haven’t posted on here since just a few weeks into the Rouxbe Pro Cook course. It was an intense, amazing experience that kept me cooking almost every day for 5 months. I … Continue reading Completed the Rouxbe Course, in July
The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind. Deanna and I went to Seattle a couple of weekends ago, which put me a little behind in my class. I was pretty far ahead of most people, so it wasn’t that big of a deal, but it did knock me out of the first place position in the class rankings. Thankfully, I’ve worked my way … Continue reading Soups, Seasonings, & Pan Frying
I can’t believe it has only been a week since I last posted about my progress. The past week consisted of a focus on eggs and wrapped up with learning how to properly make stocks and broths (yep, there is a difference). After wrapping up techniques for vegetables, I moved on to learn more about eggs. Eggs are fascinating as an ingredient. Not only can … Continue reading Eggs & Stocks