last days of summer
To celebrate our tenth anniversary, I hired the head chef from Chez Bee to prepare a fancy dinner for Jen and me. Chef Alice put together an amazing menu that was entirely locally sourced (from her favorite foods in our pantry and freezer)
An assortment of domestic meats and cheese, pimiento-stuffed green olives, and buttery crackers from the Ritz.
Maccheroni e Formaggio con Tartufo
A domestic pasta in the style of Spongebob Sqaurepants, hand-microwaved, lightly tossed with a re-hydrated annato-tinted cheese and finished with freshly shaved black truffle.
Poulet au Fruit Roulé
Breaded fingers of chicken enrobed in fruit leather, accompanied by a Veg-All emulsion and finished with a Heinz 57 reduction.
Fruit et Fruit
A mixture of seasonal fruit in syrup, surrounded by a whimsical assortment of fruit gelées molded to mimic the shapes of Hello Kitty and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Chef Alice’s famous deconstructed popsicle: two rainbow-style frozen confections, served at room temperature.
I’ve been waiting over three years for Alice Bee to start coming up with ideas for our photo shoots, and this image is the first of what will hopefully be an ongoing attempt to digitally bring her imagination to life.
Last week, when I asked her (as I have been unsuccessfully doing every Saturday for months) if she had any ideas for a photo shoot, she excitedly exclaimed “I could be in the garden, pulling Daddy like a weed!”
I was sitting in the living room and noticed that Alice Bee’s pajama bottoms were on the floor. “Why aren’t you wearing any pants?” I yelled as I picked them up and walked into the kitchen, where I was then startled to find her sitting crab style, hands on the floor, feet raised and backside firmly pressed against the refrigerator door. She proudly looked up at me and proclaimed “I’m making a bum print!”