March 6, 2013

Corso32 Chocolate Torta with Salty Candied Hazelnuts

Corso 32 Chocolate Torta with Candied Hazelnuts

The squeaky wheel gets the grease.  I absolutely abhor that statement.  I hate every part of that meaning, that  the loudest gets the attention.  I hate that people spin it to be a positive thing or that one should work toward being such a person.

Throughout my lifetime, I have observed many squeakers.  They have taken away jobs from those who rightfully earned it.  I have seen deserving children cast aside as the squeakiest parents get their way.  Volunteers who have not been properly acknowledged and witnessed much catering to and action when in fact the customer was not right. I get a pit in my stomach when I see events when squeakers just stroke each others egos, a big clusterf*ck of self love.

I have been taught and will continue to teach my children that one must keep their head down, work hard and to simply block out all the squeaky noisemakers but also not to allow oneself to be disrespectfully cast aside when a genuine moment presents itself.  But I admit, even with humility and humble upbringing, it is hard to wade through it at times.  For every moment to a squeaker, one should commend two unsung heroes, in my honest opinion.

This recipe, Chocolate Torta with Salty Candied Hazelnuts created by Edmonton's Corso 32 restaurant, seems to resonate my reflections of late.  An unassuming recipe, with simple, no "bells and whistles", ingredients combined together to give an outcome that shines with every bite with nary a whiff of arrogance.  And it is nice to see accolades given rightfully so.


A Canadian Foodie said...

Maki, as a teacher, you have hit me in my tender spot. I have worked tirelessly for those without a voice - and abhor those parents who squeek and wine and don't walk their own talk. I loved their kids, though. That doesn't mean they got better or more care and attention from me because of their parents. It is those that lacked a loving home life that got more of my empathy. However, the squeeky parents took up valuable administration and after hour time and it is sad that they did not recognize that all children deserve the best and that their children are no more special than mine or yours. I love you children already. I am sure it is even tougher out there now.When I started teaching, bulling was nothing like it is today. I would have to have a very long coffee with you to describe the changes in parenting and in the education system over my 30 years. I loved my work. I loved my students. I never met ONE that did not want to succeed, or do their best. I met a LOT of parents that didn't want to take the time to do the right thing by their children or that didn't know how. Fortunately, there are still a significant number of parents like you... but, not like there used to be. It is so sad. AND - this kind of cake would be GREAT to come home to after a day dodging barbs one should never have to experience at all.
Ah! You have me, today. My heart aches for the little ones lost in that shuffle.

Maki said...

Sounds like you were a great teacher Valerie! I'm sure you impacted many, many lives as they have impacted yours :)

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