Yesterday, I was challenged by MarieMathilda to take on the ‘Three Day Quote Challenge’. As this is one of those fun things that you can do all sorts of things with, I am happy and excited to accept the challenge.
The rules of this challenge are simple:
Post three consecutive days.
You can pick one or three quotes per day.
Challenge three different bloggers per day.
Before I post my selection for quote of the day, I would love to nominate:
Have fun with the quote and the challenge, and thanks again to MarieMathilda for the nomination!
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
― Gautama Buddha, Sayings of Buddha
The Buddha is a great source for quotes about how me make choices in life, providing great insight rather than a prescriptive recipe. This one is no exception, as it provides for contemplation and introspection, which can fill us with wisdom.
Time is ever fleeting for most of us, as we rush from moment to moment, only to forget to take in those moments that will never be again. We complain when something slows us down, be it obstacle, that slow driver in front of us, the rotten weather. We never have enough time to do everything that we must get done; we track every moment that we lose waiting for this or that. Check your watch to see how long it took to read this paragraph. Isn’t it over yet? What’s the point of all this writing?
The bull moose doesn’t have a watch, he doesn’t mind the weather, he rushes not to the next moment; he has transcended the whip and the rope.
As many of you know, this past Sunday I had the pleasure of photographing the Worcester’s Best Chef Competition.
This was the 9th edition of this annual event, which has become extremely popular with everybody in the area, who might be in the mood for trying some extreme gourmet bites prepared by the best local chefs.
The event is broken down into a couple of phases. A limited ticket sales VIP phase allows those folks who want it a little quieter to enjoy the delicacies during the first hour of the event.
This is followed by the open tasting time, which lasts about two hours. By the end of this time, all votes for the attendees’ favorite dishes need to have been cast.
There was an abundant variety of amazing offerings from local restaurants, ranging from quail to scallops, tenderloin, just too many to list here (I will share some photos of a number of the dishes in a future post).
The line for just about every restaurant booth was long, but that was no reason to be deterred, as there was plenty of food for all attendees.
Next, the judges’ choice and people’s choice award winners are announced, as well as the dessert competition winners; the latter competition is between regional high schools that have culinary programs. The desserts were excellent!
Then the grand finale event kicks off: an Iron Chef style 30 minute cooking competition with ingredients from a mystery basket!
This year, most of the ingredients were locally sourced with a winter squash, lamb and local cheese, as the key elements.
It always amazes me, how much these talented chefs can accomplish in a mere 30 minutes. They didn’t even look rushed, as it didn’t come down to the last couple of seconds to get their dishes on the 7 plates for the judges.
There were several approaches taken by the chefs in tackling the ingredients to come up with a cohesive dish. The winter squash was the first item for each chef to prepare, as it takes the longest to cook to a point where it becomes ready for a plate.
During the competition, you could tell that each chef came to certain decision points, where they weighed their options. The chef would either stand for some second contemplating their next step, or go over to the pantry to look for inspiration in the great stock of ingredients.
As I had the privilege of being able to photograph the competition on stage, I also had the pleasure of enjoying the aromas that were being developed in each chef’s dish; I’m sure each dish tasted as good as it smelled.
After the judges, some of whom are previous Worcester’s Best Chef Competition winners, finished tasting and conferring, Chef Bill Nemeroff of the International Golf Club and resort in Bolton, MA, was declared the winner.
Congratulations to all chefs, as each performed magnificently!
I’m very pleased that I was nominated by Ada of Gina’s Blog for a Versatile Blogger Award.
First of all, Ada is a truly interesting person (that’s why I read her blog). She shares creative writing, art works, quotes that inspire her and others, and lots of other fun and inspirational content.
So, go check her out at Gina’s Blog and tell her I sent you! You won’t regret it and might be a bit inspired after reading some of her posts!
Each of these blogs is as unique as the folks that write them. The one constant is that each blogger is devoted to running a great blog, which shows in the quality of what they provide, and the honesty of what they write. You’ll want to check each of these blogs!
Facts about me:
I was born in Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
I came to the United States to go to college.
My degree is in Physics.
My ideal place to live is the Isle of Skye in Scotland.
I started learning my first musical instrument, the guitar, 2 years ago.
I have a collection of one-of-a-kind collectible toys.
I want to spend more time on Iceland to photograph it.