Once Upon a Time,
Sep. 12, 2012 12:11 am
Updated: Sep. 21, 2012 2:19 am
in a far away land, there was a village haircutter, who had only enough interest in food and cooking, to sustain himself. The haircutter's routine was most predictable from day to day... work, a meal, sleep, and begin all over again. Once in a while
when the haircutter had a day of his own, he might become adventuresome, and invite a friend or two for a dinner time meal, and he just might make Lasagne.
Preparing this meal would be an all day affair, as the haircutter was not confidant enough to do more than follow the recipe in his tattered old cookbook. Out would come the measuring cups and spoons, pots and pans... Water would boil, and meat would simmer
until well browned... Slowly an onion would be chopped, and cheeses sliced or grated. By the time this masterpiece went into the oven, the haircutter,would be exhausted, and would nap for a short while until the pan had to come out of the oven.
Over time, the haircutter perfected his recipe to suit his own taste. He would add a bit of extra this, omit that, and somehow, the villagers soon began to beg to be invited to his home when he made this wonderful meal...
One day, the haircutter shared some of his lasagne with the lady in waiting of the kingdom's Princess. It so happened that he sent the remainder to the castle, thinking that the royal staff could enjoy some of his food. Indeed, the staff did enjoy the food,
and the King's cook immediately demanded that a messenger be sent to summon the haircutter. It was with great hesitation that the haircutter put on his best tunic, and climbed into the carriage with the messenger. It was not long after, that the carriage
pulled through the gates of the castle, and around to the servants entrance, where he and the messenger entered the castle, and were met by the cook.
"HAIRCUTTER" the cook shouted, "where did you learn to cook so well?" Humbly, the haircutter stuttered, that he cooked only for himself, and occasionally for a friend or two... "Where did you find the recipe?" the cook asked. The haircutter replied " In
an old cookbook, but I made a few changes..." "Bring a Lasagne to the castle tomorrow, as I wish to feed the King your meal," the cook replied.
The next day, as the dinner hour approached, a coach was sent to pick up the haircutter, who had indeed prepared his meal for the King. Upon arrival at the castle, the haircutter was once again met by the cook. It was time to serve the evening meal! Jugs
of wine, and mounds of salad were taken out to the Royal table, and garlic bread by the loaf... Proudly, the cook presented the Lasagne to the King and his court. Stepping back, the cook awaited the King's comments... "Who prepared this delisious Lasagne?"
he shouted! The cook stepped forward, and told the King that it was a lowly haircutter who had made it! "Why is this haircutter not already part of my kitchen staff?" the King asked... "Bring him forth!" The haircutter was brought to the King, and nervously
addressed his highness...
With a skip in his stride, the haircutter was taken home in a royal carriage. He could not sleep that night, feeling so proud that the King himself had enjoyed his Lasagne. The next morning, at first light, he decided not to cut hair that day.
Once again, a messenger was dispatched by the King, demanding the haircutter's presence. The Royal Command was, that he join the kitchen staff at the castle immediately! "Forget about cutting hair, I want you to cook for me!" the King proclaimed.
The haircutter gladly accepted the King's request, and was given a room in the castle. He would assist the cook in preparing meals, and when the King requested, would make his now famous Lasagne. He learned much from the cook, and began exploring his expertise
, though he doubted his abilites. However, a pinch of this and omit that, he was soon in line to be the next cook for the royal court! Every time dignataries of other countries were visiting, he was called upon to prepare the meal! The haircutter had found
a new calling!
What the haircutter would like to share with his fellow peasants, is to...
be happy, be healthy, be crazy.... never know when the King may summon you !