I was there with her this weekend, in the kitchen with Ad Hoc. I saw how she treated him.
It all began with the chicken with sausage recipe.
(Let me just state for the record that La Maman and I have totally opposite approaches to cooking.
La Maman take a terribly complicated recipe, buys all the terribly complicated ingredients, gets home, slaves away in the kitchen wrestling the recipe into submission, emerging victorious and usually exhausted and never makes the recipe again.
I take a terribly complicated recipe, chop out as much of the terribly complicated ingredients as possible, whittle away as many steps as I can, and hope for the best. If I actually get around to making something complicated that is.)
So Saturday I went over to see La Maman, hoping for breakfast as my electricity was off and somehow found myself in the kitchen with her and Ad Hoc.
As she was preparing to make the chicken dish, I reviewed it with her.
Me: "So, um, did you get the piquillo peppers?"Her way is a delicious way to make chicken with sausage, roasted red peppers, black olives, and tomatoes. No part of which takes four plus hours to make.
Her: "Ah no. I could not find them."
Me: "Ahh right. Ok. Well did you start the sofrito?"
Her: "Wellllll no. I'll just start that now."
Me: "Er did you know that the sofrito takes like 4 hours to make."
Her: "Hmm. Ok forget it. You know what? I am going to go ahead and make it my way."
She did end up making the Pineapple Upside Down cake which IS truly delicious and probably the only reason La Maman will give TK and Ad Hoc a second chance after the whole sofrito debacle.