Category Archives: Uncategorized

My Mom

Mother’s Day is just behind the corner. Even people like me are thinking about the past days with mother. I lost my mother in 2008, after so many years with heartache I am recalling this moment.  I published the book in honor of my mother’s life “Brush with Edge of Time and Profession” described our relationship as a mother and son.

From the edge of 16th I was always helping my mom to raise another 4 younger siblings, not always was so easy but with great feelings and enjoyment I let my mom celebrate her Birthday and Mother’s Day even if I have to still the flowers from some garden or wild flowers from edge of the forest. We had not enough money to buy enough food so flowers were that time luxury. Today I am not suggesting to do that but, let’s your Mom to know that she is the heartbeat of your every single day, and she is the only one best joy of your life, your only MOM.

Thank you Mom for being the best mom we could ever ask for. We could never thank you enough for everything you have done and continue to do for us by implanting good habit in us.

Thank you Mom for always putting us before yourself and always making us feel so important. Thank you my marvelous Mom for being you. We just want to tell you how much we love you. We just want to say we are sorry for our bitchy moments where I’ve been just plain mean. In tokens of appreciation please accept this little box of twice chocolate dipped strawberry and of course these rosés as well.

IMG_0462

My Mom

Mother’s Day is just behind the corner. Even people like me are thinking about the past days with mother. I lost my mother in 2008, after so many years with heartache I am recalling this moment.  I published the book in honor of my mother’s life “Brush with Edge of Time and Profession” described our relationship as a mother and son.

From the edge of 16th I was always helping my mom to raise another 4 younger siblings, not always was so easy but with great feelings and enjoyment I let my mom celebrate her Birthday and Mother’s Day even if I have to still the flowers from some garden or wild flowers from edge of the forest. We had not enough money to buy enough food so flowers were that time luxury. Today I am not suggesting to do that but, let’s your Mom to know that she is the heartbeat of your every single day, and she is the only one best joy of your life, your only MOM.

Thank you Mom for being the best mom we could ever ask for. We could never thank you enough for everything you have done and continue to do for us by implanting good habit in us.

Thank you Mom for always putting us before yourself and always making us feel so important. Thank you my marvelous Mom for being you. We just want to tell you how much we love you. We just want to say we are sorry for our bitchy moments where I’ve been just plain mean. In tokens of appreciation please accept this little box of twice chocolate dipped strawberry and of course these rosés as well.

IMG_0462

Birthday with family in Poland

In my family we have 2 brothers and sister born in February, (I should learn from my father of good planning). So; I decide to surprised my sister with my visit and celebrate our Februarys Birthday, she is 19th I am 23rd.  That was really pleasant time for all of us. We ended-up in old town restaurant and I arranged another surprise: during the dinner flower man shows-up with large bouquet of roses for birthday sister and four smaller arrangements for every other woman in our company, well you want to see the face expression, camera was late to cached that moment. That was a beautiful and memorable Birthday for me and my Sister; I really enjoyed my idea and my Birthday with the Family in Poland.  

New Year 2019

In up-coming 2019 I wish yours every day to be filled with lots of love, laughter, happiness and the warmth of sunshine with the pleasure of smiles, the feeling of love. Just like my past days with my jewel of my life my sweet Julia. Miss her dearly.   I hope you will find plenty of sweet memories to cherish forever.

Happy New Year to all my Friends.

ENJOYABLE TRIP

In my life, I have gone on many memorable trips. I looked forward to my trip back to Memphis, and I will never forget that town where I lived 18 years with much effectiveness to me and my family.  But this  one trip will stay  in my mind because it had the greatest impact on me. I was going to the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management in Memphis as a Distinguished Celebrity Chef and Author of my book “Brush with Edge of Time and Profession”. It was an exciting trip to visit the place where I spent 13 years associated with the school.

After 4.5 years of separation, the faculty of the school decided to invite me to be the Star Chef for this event.  That is an enormous honor for me.

The whole trip wasn’t all serious however. I also had some of the most fun with my friends, and had the pleasure to see many of my former clients and supervisors.

This trip was just a few weeks ago. But it will reside vividly in my memory forever. It instilled faith in me as a 75 years old chef, and built camaraderie amongst my professional peers. Not many past employees are still remembered after 4.5 years of separation.

 

Please use this link to view the video of the event:  2018 Distinguished Chefs’ Dinner.

 

Thank you.

Check me out!!

I’m the Chef and Owner of Euro Fine Catering Services Brooklyn, NY, teacher and a champion of European cuisine; I am teaching and mentoring many of professional chefs and food enthusiasts. I was teaching in L’École Culinaire of Memphis, conducting culinary classes in ACF Chef’s Association as well weekly cooking classes for House Wife’s in some other social organization

I just re-publish the book “Brush with the Edge of Time and Profession” My book describes an incredible genuine story including details about my mother’s and may life from the time of World War II under Hitler, Stalin era, the communist regime to time of my immigration to US. Book describe also tremendous different between old fashion of teaching culinary trade comparing to new innovated way.

With tremendous respect to the dedication of the books with historical expression of the occurrences and to keep memory of horrible time of the World War II which effected many people.

It begins with my young mother’s experiences at the beginning and during the German occupation of almost whole Europe during World War II, her transportation to Linz, Austria to a forced labor on the farm where she meets others whose arrival there was under much worse circumstances than hers.  It goes on to describe the difficulties as a worker on the farm, and as a young mother away from family and friends, especially when her son (me) is taken away from her, with rights to visit me once a month only to increased her productivities at work.  After the war, my father (a French soldier who has been at the same farm) returns to Poland from France, and is reunited with Mother and me, his big disappointment with Polish after war political and economical system.

Mother and me, we describes how life was after the war under Communist regime in Poland, and how it affected our lives in respect to school, work as I began my chef’s career, old fashion Culinary Institute in Poland, much different than today’s Chefs students experiences, and life in general.

I’m a the Certified Master Chef educated  in Poland and Certified F&B Executive certified in U S, specialized in all aspects of culinary art, some pictures of my work you will find on my web-site www.chefedward.com

My culinary history includes hotel-restaurant school in Poland, cooking dinner for Nikita Khrushchev, working banquets for General Jaruzelski, Prime Minister of Poland, and Marshall A. Grechko, Soviet east bloc commander who organized the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia.

I then describe my journey to the U.S. and the beginning of my career here, along with many funny not English speaking emigrant stories.

Since arriving in the U.S., I’ve worked for many major brand hotels, such as Hyatt NY, Four Seasons Hotel, Registry, Marriott and Hilton hotels. I was hosting twice Vice President All Gore, Lt. General James F. McCall, controller of the U.S. Army, several U.S. state governors and members of Congress, as well as working for President Trump at his project of Grant Hyatt N Y in 1980.

I tell of my second love, Julia who came from Poland to America to be with me, and our experiences as we travelled around with my work assignments which eventually brought us to Memphis Wilson Conference Center.

Last, is the tale of our fight with the dread disease “cancer” which consumed us both, and which finally took my beloved Julia away from me, to let me survived to carry sorrow and grief of losing my beloved lifetime partner and companion.

I can provide you with more information. You may contact me via e-mail chefemn@gmail.com  or by Phone # 347-414-4227.  Book is available on line by clicking on my web-site or Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Thank you very much, and enjoy your reading, I look forward to your review.

My Book

June 1st I had Author interview in one of the biggest BookExpo at Javits Center NYC. June 2nd I had Book signing at same place. It was so nice and pleasant, book signing has been stretched for another half an hour, and I have rum to my car for additional books.   

With great pleasure and deep gratitude I like to thanks my beautiful neighbors Ania and Monika to be so helpful, active and intensify my excitement. That’s was Great !!!  

My book; Brush with the Edge of Time and Profession details the joys and sorrows of a mother and son. Our stories inspire and celebrate the human heart and demonstrate how one can survive even in most difficult of circumstances’, like having baby in labor camp, be separated from your baby and most difficult escaping trip back home with baby in the arms.

Second part of the book express my life journey has taken me from infancy in makeshift quarters above a labor camp barn to an international culinary career of distinction, seized the opportunity for opening several new Hotels; holding key position in many major food – beverage establishments.

Book describe tremendous differences between old fashion culinary institute, way of educate the future ambassadors of culinary field, and new way compacted with huge impact of  technological as well science development in food industries during short edge of time

The book was represented to the move screen writers at FOX Studio last year, as of recently book enter to the Hollywood Treatment for TV series. Hope one day will be activated.

My Book

My Dearest Friends
I would like to invite you to my author interview and book signing at the Javits Center in New York City, booth located on space 2042.
It is one of the biggest BookExpo in the world. It’s an exciting time for me, and I like to share my excitement with all of you, during that time I will giveaway free books with my personal autographing, below is the note from BookExpo.
Thanks, see you there !
BookExpo America Kick Off | AuthorCentrix
Dear Edward,
The BookExpo America and BookCon 2018 this coming 31st of May until 3rd of June is fast approaching!
It is better to be prepared as early as now for this exciting and massive event.
We created a guideline that includes:
– BookExpo America Kick Off and Main Point of Contact
– Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
– Where to find our booth
– Author Interview dress guidelines and a sample questionnaire
Here are your schedules for the event.
Interview: June 1st at 9:30AM – 10:00AM
Book Signing: June 2nd at 10:30AM – 11:00AM
We look forward to seeing you there!
– AuthorCentrix Book Fairs Team

Certification for CFBE

Well; have done again, I have privilege to blue the horn with announcement: I was able to renew my certification of Certified Food & Beverage Executive CFBE. So I am ready for next five years to continue highest standards of F&B performance, as always that is my desire. My primary certification was year 2003    CFBE2023 001

Thanksgiving

My dear Friends Thanksgiving are just behind the corner if you do same menu as last year soon enough such beautiful Holiday will be boring. Let’s enhance this traditional Turkey with something exiting.

That’s we are going to do on our family gathering in Pocono Mountains family house. Plan and Menu is great!! Execution will be questionable, who is doing what; nieces are watching the weight, they may have only Turkey Breast Filet, son is busy can only make some delivery work and bar tendering,  the other fox have kids to take care of.  So OK Grandpa let’s do it.

Our Menu;

Reception:    Shrimp and Bay Scallops Ceviche  approx 80cal.

Appetizer:     Pumpkin Gnocchi Walnut Cream Sauce

Soup;             Yellow Lentil Soup

  1. Course: Turkey Beast Filet with leeks approx 360cal.

Maple-Glazed Turkey with Apple and Ginger Sauce

Sausage sage stuffing

Cranberry Sauce

Dessert:       Fresh Berry Zabaglione    (low seasoning for Kids)

All recipes below;

Reception:  Shrimp and Bay Scallops Ceviche  approx 80cal.

6 pounds between Bay scallops and shrimp 41/50pd

3 ups. Lime juice

2cup. Sweet & sour mix.

1 cup. Red wine vinegar.

2tsp. salt, 2tsp. Black crack pepper

8 medium cloves of fresh garlic (minced)

4 ea medium red onions. (fine dice)

1tbs. oregano  1 cup fresh cilantro

8 large firm tomatoes (diced)

4 stalks of well diced celery – peeled.

6oz. pimientos (chopped-undreined)

12oz fresh chilles (chopped-undreined)

2 whole avocado.

 

Place the seafood in suitable bowl (plastic-glass-staine still not aluminum) pour lime juice and wine vinegar, refrigerate for 6hr. meanwhile prep remaining ingredients drain seafood mix of the juice combine with all remaining ingredients mix well and refrigerate for 12 – 18 hr. Garnish with Avocado wedge.

 

Appetizer  Pumpkin Gnocchi Walnut Cream Sauce , 6 to 8 servings

1lb. Pumpkin

1lb. Acorn Squash

½ lb. Russet Potatoes

¼ cup. Flour

Seasoning: ¼ Tbs, of freshly grated Nutmeg, salt pepper to taste.

Sauce;

¾  pnt,  Heavy Cream

3 oz. toasted, chopped walnuts

½ cup grated parmesan cheese

Spring of chervil

Split washed pumpkins on half remove the seeds, arrange on the baking pan cut side down with peeled potatoes, bake until both are very tender. purred pumpkin and potatoes for smooth paste, place the paste in saucepan , cook mixture over low heat until become to be almost dry stirring frequently with wooden spoon. Remove from heat and blend in flour to make slightly sticky dough. Shape the dough into ¼ inch cylinders (of course on floured cutting board) cut cylindered dough into ¼ inch thick pieces. Press top of each round with floured fork, make indentation in center with fork curling dough round-up. Transfer the gnocchi on the parchment paper let a few minutes for drying. You can cook immediately or cover and hold in the refrigerator about one day. Cook like any other pasta in large saucepan with plenty of water. Cooked gnocchi should be sautéed in the butter add salt, pepper, nutmeg, and walnuts tosses gently pour cream and simmer till saucy consistency, before serving add fresh shredded parmesan cheese. (Do not hold with parmesan cheese, sauce will break and turn to oily substance)

 

Soup; Yellow Lentil Soup  –  6 to 8 servings

7oz. Yellow lentil (dahl)

7cup. Chicken stock

½ cup, of Eggplant and Tomato, peeled and medium diced

½ cup, Onion – diced

1 clove of fresh garlic – minced

¼ cup, Red Chili – seeded julienne

Oil  olive to sauté veggie.

Seasonings; turmeric, curry powder and salt to taste. Start with seasoning low ¼ teaspoon (tsp) Seasoning always can be add it, but will cost you better knowledge and trick to deduct it.

Lentils need to be washed, discard the water and pour the chicken stock over the lentil; let the set about 30 mn. Meanwhile heat the oil in the large enough pot, add all sliced and chopped ingredients, add seasoning and sauté until onion is transparent. Pour all lentil mixture, increase heat and bring the soup to boil, turn down the heat and simmer for a few minutes, now is the time to tasted and seasoning the soup to your desire; Lentil should be  medium hard, veggie crunchy, taste should be semi-sweet and spicy. You can serve with homemade mini croutons or puff pastry mini florets

 

Main Course: Turkey Beast Filet with leeks  approx 360cal.

6oz. Turkey breast tenderloin  2pc.

4oz. Fresh leeks julienne

2oz. Chicken stock

1 tsp. Margarine

4 garlic buts

3oz. Cooke potatoes (Red B-size)

2ea. Roma tomatoes

2tbs. whole wheat bread crumbs

Fresh basil

 

Sauté the leeks in the margarine, soak in the chicken stock. Brush the turkey breast tenders with margarine. Season lightly and seared quickly. Slice the boiled potatoes and sauté in remaining margarine with garlic. Prepare Roma tomatoes as for Provencale, using whole grain breadcrumbs and basil.

Serve the chicken on the top of leeks, and garnish with Roma tomatoes Provencale and accompanied with Red skin roasted potato wedges.

 

Maple-Glazed Turkey with Apple and Ginger Sauce

Medium Whole Turkey (14-16lb.)

½ cup Calvados liquor

1 cup. Maple syrup

1 stick butter

Salt, Pepper, Rosemary fresh (minced)

1 medium onion

2 large apples

 

Pat turkey dry, sprinkle with salt and pepper, rub rosemary allover inside cavity, cut onion and apples into chunks place into cavity, truss turkey in proper shape. Rub turkey skin with butter and salt pepper. Arrange turkey breast-up on the roasting rack, cook in the preheated oven 450*F 45 minutes, reduce heat to 350*F combine the syruop and Calvado and baste the turkey, continiu cooking frequently busting with mixture of Calvado until thermometer inserted in the join or under breast area shows 165-170*F After cooking let the rest for no longer than 30 minutes. Clean cavities and save your apple for sauce, discard onion.

 

Sauce :  In the skillet sauté the apple chunks for few minutes, add cranberries and strained juice of turkey pan or chicken stock, simmer for 5min. add apple from turkey cavities and reduce by half. Add Calvado and grated fresh ginger add a drop of heavy cream, boil until sauce thickens and coats spoon, fix the seasoning as needed. Enjoy.

 

Sausage sage stuffing

2lb. hot Italian sausage

4 stalks celery, finely diced

2 carrot, finely diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 large red onion, finely diced

6 fresh sage leaves, chopped

1 large egg, slightly beaten

4 cups stale country bread, cut into 1-inch dice

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1½. cups warm chicken stock

2 tbs. unsalted butter

 

Directions

Sauté the sausage over high heat   until golden brown. Remove the sausage with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels. Add butter to the rendered fat in the pan, and then add the onions, celery and carrots and cook until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Remove the mixture from the heat and fold in the sage. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

When the vegetable mixture has cooled slightly, add the sausage to the bowl. Add the egg and bread and mix to coat. Add the chicken stock until the mixture is moist. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Butter a large baking dish and scrape the mixture into the dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.

 

Cranberry Sauce

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

12-ounces fresh cranberries (frozen may be substituted)

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:

Bring to sugar, water and orange juice to a boil in a medium saucepan.

Add cranberries and cinnamon. Bring to a simmer and cook stirring occasionally for about 10-15 minutes, until sauce thickens.

Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

 

Dessert: Fresh Berry Zabaglione  (low seasoning for Kids) for adults spice-up with splash of Grand Marniere.

2pnt. Fresh Blackberry

2pnt. Fresh Raspberry

2pnt. Fresh Blueberry

1pnt. Fresh Strawberry

2 cup Sour Cream

1 cup Clover Honey

Raspberry Coulis

Sugar powder, Salt, Pepper, Lemon juice to taste.

 

Clean – cut strawberry combine with all other berries, sprinkle with raspberry coulis toss gently to not damage raspberries, set aside to chill, meanwhile in the mixing bowl combine honey, sour cream sugar powder, mix well. Season with salt pepper and lemon juice as desired, place fruit mixture in the cups or Martini Glasses spoon over liquid mixture garnish with chocolate sticks or wafers.