There is something exciting about traveling and experiencing food in all it’s glory. It fulfills an inner need in us to discover this vibrant world. The best part while traveling is the food of course and then also to meet people with a similar mind and attitude towards life. Unfortunately that’s not how I came across Tim and Nat from a Cook Not Mad. I wish I could tell you stories on how I met them in a charming restaurant in Tuscany or how we ended up sharing a train compartment in a Siberian train ride but that’s not the case.
Instead I bumped into Nat with the help of twitter. Not surprising, Twitter has been a social network that helped me to meet some of the coolest people out there. Nat and Tim are definitely different and I would say open minded folks, a power couple who loves life to the fullest! Basically we are on the same vibe.
Tim is a professional chef who has worked in restaurants and diplomatic circles in Ottawa and New York City. He has been teasing our senses with all the wonderful food at acooknotmad.com. Nat on the other hand is woman of many talents, calling herself a Jane of all trades and she worked as a florist in Ottawa to managing an ophthalmologist’s office in Manhattan and she even helped Tim to run a deli in Vancouver.
Tim and Nat’s Food blog, a cook not mad, provides you with tips and inspiration to not “go mad” in the kitchen or on the road. I had to smile when i read that for the first time. You see, cooking alone is fine and traveling of course too but cooking while traveling is a complete different story. It reminded me of my days when I realized that traveling and cooking together was one of the craziest things I had to master. Just imagine cooking in a complete different environment, it’s an overwhelming thought isn’t it?
So Tim, the master chef, and the equally talented Nat have taken us on a few exciting tours in this world. I remember the time when they visited Tuscany in Italy. I have always wanted to see Tuscany and these two lucky birds got to do that. Of course I absorbed each and every word that they shared and I recall a situation where Tim and Nat got to bake a couple of Pizzas. Sounds like an easy task right? Well, it’s just that they were baking pizza for Italians and you know as a non Italian that to prepare Italian food for Italians can be very daunting. Although, they were surprised by getting a chance to bake the pizzas in a authentic 200 year old oven! Tim recalls:
Making pizza for a large group is fine but for a large group of Italians it’s intimidating.
In another trip to the famous food paradise, Parma in Italy, we got a glimpse and detailed tour on how one of the most important European cheese was produced, the Parmigiano. The Budapest market post caused me to drool when I read about their encounter with real Hungarian salami in all it’s delicious variations. In general, the market posts are my all time favorites if it weren’t for the little food establishment discoveries such as the Café de Dokter in Amsterdam. Each time I am transported to another side of the food world and that’s the beauty of a Cook not mad, which one just can’t miss!