Charlie Trotter died this morning.
Suddenly, unexpectedly, and much, much younger than the age my husband is now. (shudder)
Mr. Trotter is one of my culinary heroes, and I was very much hoping to meet him someday.
[In brighter news, our White Silkie laid her first eggs this week.]
You see, Charlie Trotter never went to culinary school. He interrupted his collegiate studies (and ultimately abandoned his academic path) so he could pursue his love for food, interest in hospitality, and passion for wine. Later, Mr. Trotter “catered dinner parties” for family and friends to test and hone his skills. (Today, we’d probably call these underground supper club dinners.) Eventually, he opened his first restaurant with his Dad as his business partner.
[Four cream colored silkie eggs, amongst some others.]
Once established, Mr. Trotter wrote a handful of teaching manuals, all meant to inspire others to do well in the world of hospitality. (Those volumes are currently stacked on my nightstand.)
And because that wasn’t enough, Mr. Trotter also dedicated countless hours to philanthropic work as a way of paying it forward to others who wanted to get started in the food business.
For me, Mr. Trotter, was living proof that someone who was completely self-taught could build and run an empire spanning a quarter of a decade.
[Eggs for breakfast.]
Breakfast hashes are quickly becoming my favorite breakfasts. Not only are they pretty on a plate, but they give me an opportunity to throw in whatever’s growing out back.
It was a nice enough day today to have breakfast in the garden. Inspiration for the scrambled egg stack and breakfast hash came from three places: 1) our White Silkie started laying her first eggs this week and I wanted to celebrate the occasion, 2) my garden kale needed to be picked before the grasshopper ate it all, and 3) I have a plethora of fresh chanterelle mushrooms to cook up before they go bad.
If I ever get around to following in Mr. Trotter’s footsteps, it’s safe to say that this dish will be on the menu.
#prettyfood #easytoprep #easytosubstitute #healthy #vegetarian #meatless #glutenfree #gardenfood #fulfilling
Mr. Trotter’s cooking approach minimized the use of butter and cream so as to not mute or block the basic flavors of the ingredients they are meant to support. I hope this morning’s breakfast hash was a good “student interpretation” of that school of thought.
Rest in peace, Mr. Trotter. My condolences to your family in this difficult time.
Bistro Eats is a collection of recipes we think could work in a bistro setting, i.e. the brick and mortar Rustic Garden Bistro. Click on this category to see a snippet of what the menu may look like.