Pascal Derrien

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What's Cooking ?

What's Cooking ?

It's Winter at the moment, I know that's not breaking news for most of us on the northern hemisphere. It means colder but also shorter days and longer nights. It also means my son's trainings have migrated a few weeks ago from the grounds nearby to the GAA lights equipped pitches a few kilometers away. When he was smaller I used to stay on the sidelines but that's not required anymore.

Instead I take the opportunity to squeeze a ten kilometre run twice a week from the training grounds and back before we both drive home for a hot shower. I always make sure I include a loop back mid point to the training in order to check that he gets on alright with the various drills or has not taken a knock of some kind. I like Thursdays best, the training starts earlier and there is a different feel to the 6.45 run than the 8.00 o'clock one for some reasons.

That particular day I had picked ''Live At The Nick'' from Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires to accompany me and provide me some motivational energy. Wearing a high visibility running vest I remember very clearly that Whitewash the track #7 was just about to blast all out on my earphones. Was it because of the lyrics or the electrifying version of the tune but  I could not help noticing that I had successively witnessed three or four different scenes from a few softly lighted kitchen windows. 

I quickly smiled at the thought that I was probably only one of a handful of individuals not getting ready for the early ritual dinner. However as I was quietly getting away from the shadows living on the ground level I started to hear a few exchanges which at first I thought could be anything but imaginary....  

Kitchen #1

Menu: Chicken Curry, Brown Rice and Garlic Nan Bread

Brad: Mmm, nice smell honey it must be Thursday, where are the kids?

Gemma: Josh is finishing his homework in his room and Julia is playing on Fortnite

Brad: Bloody PlayStation that said Thursday is the only day I don't have to shout to get them to the table

Brad: Speaking of the devil !! How is my taller than dad son, are you starving buddy?

Josh: I would eat a cow dad especially after today's test, I really hope I will get a good result? 

Kitchen #2

Menu: Coq Au Vin, Roasted Potatoes, Cheese Plate

Gillian: I was not expecting those results Jack, its disappointing for you after all the efforts you have made.

Jack: I know and I don't know how to react ? I think I need to have further tests until I have the all clear

Jack: The thing is ….I am not sure it will happen and I may have to face a new reality

Gillian: Don't think like that chicken its not good for you, I made your favourite dish, you are going to like it !!

Jack: I am sorry Gil I know you made a lot of efforts and that should cheer me up but I am not in a mood. I think I am going to lie down for a snooze

Kitchen #3

Menu: Lamb Tajine, Moroccan Couscous & Fruits 

Soraya: Mum !! Mum !!! Why did not you wake me up I think I fell asleep on the couch 

Mum: I know,  I know you looked so tired after university, Thursday is your big day so I thought I would let you sleep a bit while I prepared food for your father

Mum: Dad will be home in 20  minutes and he asked me if you were staying for dinner with him?

Soraya: oh I don't know mum, I have some project work to catch up on and need to study too

Mum: ah go on your father has not seen you all week ! Would it not be nice to be together the three of us for once?

Soraya: I know Mum but with everything that is going on I am not sure I can afford not to start tonight I am sorry tell him I love him.

The apartment block lights vanished behind me before I entered the darkest part of my itinerary leading me straight back  to the training grounds. Next week I will probably pass by the same blocks at around the same time. I hope Jack will have got better news while I anticipate Soraya will have made herself available for her father. I bet Julia will have reached another level on Fortnite and for Josh who knows? He will probably top the league this time around !!!

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Pascal Derrien

2 years ago #12

ah thanks Lyon everyday life is fascinating isn’t it ? 🤔

Lyon Brave

2 years ago #11

The magic in the mundane. This is a very soft and beautiful piece.

Pascal Derrien

2 years ago #10

yes it is much colder here Praveen Raj Gullepalli and as for the chilies ......

Pascal Derrien

2 years ago #9

indeed don’t want to get carried away without stuff 🌶

Pascal Derrien

2 years ago #8

this a very original and innovative technique for speed work I need to check these are not banned substances 😜 Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

2 years ago #7

Have you tried adding lots of small green chillies to the evening meal, Pascal. Should assist in focusing your running ..... but only short targetted sprints. 🤣😂🤣

Pascal Derrien

2 years ago #6

I like them to but they have to be whole meal base with fresh veg. Enjoy 😉 Bill Stankiewicz, \ud83d\udc1d Brand Ambassador

I am making Pizza today for lunch!!!!!!!!

Pascal Derrien

2 years ago #4

ah thanks Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador your point is very true in our house we make a point in having dinner together so far so good 🤔

The kitchen table used to be the place for family time but today not what it once was! I love your scenarios, which remind me of some of the sitcoms on TV.

Pascal Derrien

2 years ago #2

Thanks Paul 🙏 that’s an excellent idea I will have to check if there are any dietary requirements 😉#1

Paul Walters

2 years ago #1

Pascal Derrien recipes and slip them under the door!

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