Sonya Bid­dle grew up work­ing in a fam­ily restau­rant. Cook­ing, serv­ing, and clean­ing up after cus­tomers was a daily grind. Dur­ing this time,  she had one roman­tic fan­tasy: to meet and fall in love with a man who did all the cook­ing and clean­ing. And she did. His name is Alan and they have a beau­ti­ful farm in the Que­bec coun­try­side which I had the chance to visit again this weekend.

 

Even bet­ter, the farm was crawl­ing with cocks. Roost­ers, I mean. Appar­ently her hen­house has more cock then hen (if only Mon­treal had this prob­lem, here it’s the opposite–too many hot chicks.) And judg­ing from the deli­cious eggs we had Sun­day morn­ing,  Sonya’s hens are get­ting some seri­ous action.

 

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This cock doesn’t cook, but he makes the hen happy, just like the FC, ped­al­ing me around Sonya’s cat­fish pond with his friend Gerardo.

 

Sonya’s avowed dis­like for cook­ing, though sur­pris­ing com­ing from some­one liv­ing on a farm with a boun­ti­ful veg­etable gar­den, reminded me that culi­nary dynam­ics vary from cou­ple to cou­ple.  My F.C. doesn’t cook at all (except crepes) and maybe that’s why I like him so much. We com­pli­ment each other. By con­trast, the ex-A.C. enjoyed cook­ing too much, and it would some­times irk me how he took over at din­ner par­ties, show­ing off his fresh toma­toe gaz­pa­cho or herb roasted chicken. I also dated a Russ­ian Cock who made the most amaz­ing avo­cado straw­berry salad. Sim­ple and delec­table, the salad impressed, not the stud cook­ing it.  But for women like Sonya, this would have been a total turn on…

 

So who are these cocks that cook? What are they like?  How do they con­nect food with love? We’ll soon find out, as I plan on intro­duc­ing a new rotat­ing guest col­umn, Cook­ing For Chick, where boy-gourmands share their very own food romanc­ing stories.

 

Stay tuned. (Inter­ested guy gour­mands feel free to sub­mit something.)

 

G.F.C Peter and F.C. play with dogs.

G.F.C Peter and F.C. play with the farm’s two adorable bor­der col­lies. They keep the cocks from wan­der­ing. (Hm. Maybe I need to get one…?)

 

My friend Brent doesn't cook, but man, can he chop. To me, that's sexy.

My friend Brent doesn’t cook, but man, can he chop. To me, that’s sexy.

 

Broc­coli and Sun-Dried Tomato Frittata

 

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Bro­colli and sun-dried toma­toes taste amaz­ing together, espe­cially with eggs. I first dis­cov­ered the win­ning com­bi­na­tion at a Toronto cafe on Queen West. They were the house scram­ble, and I’ve repro­duced it many times since. But this week­end my G.C.F. Peter  (another cock who cooks) opted to try the com­bi­na­tion Span­ish Style, in a frit­tata, which worked well for our group, since we were six peo­ple and scram­bled eggs for that many peo­ple can get messy-looking. Here’s Peter’s recipe.

 

Ingre­di­ents

 

1 TBSP but­ter
13 eggs
1/2 cup Milk (Peter likes to use Per­rier for a lighter fritta)
Dry spices dill, ground chili or flakes a lit­tle bit of oregano.
1/4 sun­dried toma­toes chopped
1 1/2 cups broc­coli flo­rets chopped
1/2 Onion (yel­low)
Your choice of cheese (Peter used chevre, but the Toronto cafe used asi­ago.)
Fresh ground pepper.

 

Direc­tions

 

1. Turn on broiler oven
2. Start with but­ter in a 2” deep oven proof pan on stove top
3. Add dry spices onion, broc and sun-dried toma­toes Fry for 5–8 min­utes (enough for onon and broc to soften)
4. Add egg/milk/perrier mix­ture
5. Let set on stove­top over medium heat then cover for 5–8 min­utes.
6. Add cheeses on top and place pan mid­dle shelf in oven and broil ‘till golden
7. Salt to taste and serve right in the pan with hot sauce or tobasco on the side.

One Response to “Wanted: A Cock That Cooks.”

  1. 1
    Natalie Says:

    This hen is very happy pro­vid­ing eggs for my cock to fry up. Frankly I’m a chicken when it comes to cooking..terror stricken really and in order to sur­vive and have enough strength to repro­duce I had to cry fowl and find a cock who cooks. Granted they’re a rare breed — but they’re rarely quacks. Its been my expe­ri­ence that a cock who cooks is pleas­ing to the palate as well to the eye.

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