Chez Reveena: Adventures with Other People’s Food

Everyone has a friend that can cook. Not cook like, “I am capable of making toast and scrambled eggs and/or pasta without setting the kitchen on fire and occasionally I am capable of pulling off something moderately tasty and suitable for my boyfriend’s parents”.

Like, alright I am capable of making crepes, putting some ham and cheese in it, and not destroying my kitchen in the process. Big freaking whoop, amirite?
Like, alright I am capable of making crepes, putting some ham and cheese in it, and not destroying my kitchen in the process. Big freaking whoop, amirite?

I’m talking about that friend who can really cook. Like, give them a potato and they’ll transform it into a magnificent three course feast complete with dessert and appetizers. And within a two hour time limit. The kind of friend that you should urge to compete on Masterchef or who wants to go to cooking school but you think that would be a waste of their time because they’re already so damn awesome at cooking. The kind of friend who makes this:

Baked Brie with Honey, Almonds, and Dried Fruit (I think...)
Baked Brie with Honey, Almonds, and Pecans

And this:

Something delicious made with Eggplant. I never liked eggplant until this gal.
Something delicious made with Eggplant. I never liked eggplant until this gal.

And this:

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Fudgy, spicy, white and dark chocolate brownies. All the delicious.

And- No wait. I made this:

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My trademark Clerico (white wine sangria. Do your homework). Recipe for My Idiot-Proof Clerico in my next post.

And the best part?

They make it look easy.

My can-do cooking friend is a small, fiery-haired, vegetarian Jewish girl from Montreal with a big personality. The kind of personality that demands a large kitchen, though it doesn’t necessarily have to be fully stocked all the time because, let’s face it, she can throw a meal together with nothing but leftover chinese food and quince jam. Not that she has ever made something like that for me, though I’m positive it would be delicious.

Although I have had dinner at her house dozens of times and she has made everything from simple salad, to decadent baked brie, or the most delicious, savoury pea soup imaginable, by far my favourite meal she has ever made for my friends and I are her frijoles, pico de gallo,

Frijoles and Pico de Gallo on Corn Tortillas
Frijoles and Pico de Gallo on Corn Tortillas

and pomegranate guacamole with sweet potato fries.

Pomegranate Guacamole, Frijoles, and Sweet potato curly fries.
Pomegranate Guacamole, Frijoles, and Sweet potato curly fries.

Just pile it all onto some corn chips or a tortilla and I’m in salty, savoury, citrus-y heaven…

One time, I went to her house and she made everything-but-the-kitchen-sink sauce with spaghetti. It was great. I don’t even remember what was in it, but I’m fairly certain it had brocoli, asparagus, cheese, peppers and plenty of seasoning. She basically asked “are you hungry?” and when I eagerly said “YES”, well…she made me dinner. She will also casually make home-made fettuccine and tomato sauce.

No biggie.
No biggie.

And don’t even get me started on the time she invited me over to partake in her homemade Nutella adventures while she prepared crepes bursting with fresh, gooey nutella…and then cooked supper for me. I don’t even remember what she made for dinner because all I could think about was the decadent taste of chocolate and hazelnuts and those crepes…

But since I don’t have any pictures of the ultimate nutella indulgence experience, you’ll have to settle for these:

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Chocolate cupcakes with Vanilla butter cream and Doctor Who (TM) chocolates. GERONIMO!

I swear to chocolate, this girl can do no wrong. She spent the summer working at a chocolatier’s shop in Kent, England and came away with a Doctor Who-themed chocolate mold and the capacity to make Galaxy/Doctor Who cupcakes. Just don’t blink.

Don't even ask. Just appreciate that beauty of this moment: Rainbow Pancakes with Strawberries in Syrup
Don’t even ask. Just appreciate that beauty of this moment: Rainbow Pancakes with Strawberries in Syrup

I can’t even begin to count the number of times I have asked her for a recipe for something delicious she has made and, every time, she gives me this stymied expression and says “bro…no recipe”. Perhaps I’m paraphrasing a bit but the point is that Reveena has this innate ability to know which flavours, sweet and savory, salty and sour, blend together for the ultimate taste experience. She can spend an afternoon watching the Barefoot Contessa cook or listening to Jamie Oliver putter around in his kitchen. All I can say is; move over, Nigella Lawson.

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Just look at that face.

Reveena takes vegetarian home cooking to another level; everything is so incredibly tasty and she has a talent for making it look effortless. She will whip up a pizza in no time at all; I watched her make pasta by hand over the course of an evening; pasta sauces are second nature. When this woman finally opens her own restaurant, I am confident she will have no problems filling it every night. For now, I’m going to enjoy being able to eat for free with an up-and-coming chef and dutifully wash dishes and clean after dinner without complaint.

And, more often than not, it's a lot of dishes...
And, more often than not, it’s a lot of dishes…
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4 thoughts on “Chez Reveena: Adventures with Other People’s Food

  1. So True, Gaby, and Jack and I are the lucky ones who live with this wonderful gal and oh-so-talented cook! Thanks for writing such a beautiful piece! xo

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