|Jim, an English professor and Aldous Huxley expert, sports a very professional-looking chef's tunic while he makes lunch. Photo by John.|
|I was deputized to "fatigue" (toss) the salad, a French term I had never heard before. Janice and Jim's foreign adventures have taught them many things. Photo by John.|
|The chef invites us to the table. His spaghetti Alfredo was a hit. Photo by John.|
For two Metro-Vancouver-born sixty-somethings with teaching backgrounds, Janice and Jim manage to inject an element of the unusual into whatever they turn their minds to. When they were young, they toured Europe on the world's thinnest shoestring. Later, through Jim's clever strategy of arranging teaching exchanges with his foreign counterparts, they were able to spend months at a time in Europe. Janice retired from teaching English early and found that instead of writing, as she had anticipated, she was a natural-born painter.
Janice usually does the cooking, but on Saturday, Jim donned a white chef's tunic, complete with an embroidered "Chef James" name tag, to whip up a batch of spaghetti Alfredo with shrimp and clams for us. Why an English professor who specializes in Aldous Huxley has a chef's tunic with his name on it wasn't clear, but it also wasn't surprising. The pasta was excellent.