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The Waking

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I cannot go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree, but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me; so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.

--Theodore Roethke


Joy's Updates - Straight from the Horse's Mouth.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008  
Dale won the Quickfire Challenge which was to demonstrate technique with vegetables. This involved knife skills and using words to describe what they did such as batons, chiffonade, tournee, frisee, carpaccio, tagliatello, brunois, quenelle. Whatever. The guest judge was Daniel Boulud, famous French chef.

The Elimination Challenge involves creating a dinner with each courses inspired by movies for Richard Roper and Aisha Tyler and other guests. The cheftestants drew knives to work in pairs. Dale has immunity and gets to choose the people he wants to work with and chose Richard and Andrew since he said that he and Richard were on the same level in terms of skill and creativity and came from "this aggressive, forward-thinking background." Andrew whined. It's always something with him.

It was amusing and irritating watching some of the duos decide which movie to base their course on. Because of some of these movies, I am not sure the courses will work together. We'll see. Ryan doesn't watch movies. I always wonder what people do who don't read and watch TV and movies. But once again, I digress. No one chose American Pie, thank goodness!

Richard, of course, uses gadgets - his smoker again which messes up. Major frustration but they improvise with a piece of burning wood for the appetizer inspired by Willy Wonka. The salmon looked raw - he did say barely smoked - and faux caviar (?) and some foamy stuff to drink he said was a pear and celery soda. The judges liked all of it and said it was a delicate starter. I'm glad.

Smoked Salmon with Faux Caviar & White Chocolate Wasabi Sauce

Many of the dishes looked good but some of the meat wasn't cooked enough for me. I'm squeamish. Medium rare I can sometimes do but would rather have it warm and prefer pink to red which is medium. The favorites were Team Dale, Richard, and Andrew with their first course and Stephanie and Lisa's braised beef. Fauxhawk Richard won.
not a dyke

The bottom teams were Manuel and Spike with the Vietnamese spring roll that the judges said it was typical and uninspired and Zoi and Lisa whose lamb was perfectly prepared according to Tom but was falsely advertised because they said it was fiery and passionate. The judges thought not.

I expected Spike, who always wears a hat, would be the one to go, but it was Manuel who had to pack his knives because he followed along and didn't take the lead, and everyone liked their dish the least.

Check out the Top Chef website if you want to know more. David will have his hilarious recap on his blog eventually. He's having problems with his cable service since they were supposed to fix it today and never showed up. We all know how frustrating that is!

9:10:00 PM

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