How to GET OUT DOG OF THE HOUSE

Hong Kong Tatler - - Features - Calvin Ku Food and bev­er­age di­rec­tor, Buzz Con­cepts

The best way to get back into the good books with my wife is via my sig­na­ture spaghetti bolog­naise. This recipe off­sets all man­ner of sins, from boys’ nights out, to work­ing too late to be­ing too hung-over to walk the dog.

Method

1. Sear the meat in a heavy- bot­tomed pot as you apol­o­gise pro­fusely for what­ever mis­chief you’ve made. Re­move and set aside. 2. Dice car­rots, cel­ery, garlic and onions, let­ting the bulb- in­duced tears dou­ble as real ones. This will foster sym­pa­thy from your disgruntled spouse. Add those to the pan and stir un­til soft and translu­cent. 3. Add herbs and spices and com­mence a com­pli­cated story about how the day’s events worked against you de­spite your su­per­hu­man ef­forts. 4. Deglaze the pan with wine as you but­ter up your babe with flat­tery. 5. Add meat, toma­toes and ketchup and sim­mer for four hours, dur­ing which time you should treat your spouse to a stress- bust­ing back rub. 6. Boil wa­ter and dra­mat­i­cally toss pasta into the saucepan, winc­ing for a sec­ond to sug­gest you’ve in­curred mi­nor burns by shield­ing your sweet­heart from the scald­ing liq­uid. 7. Re­move meat sauce from heat and add liver, sea­son­ing with salt and pep­per as you whis­per sweet noth­ings into your loved one’s ear. Top off with a splash of cream. 8. Grate the parme­san cheese, break­ing off a chunk for your dar­ling to snack on. They say the way to a man’s heart is via his stom­ach— it’s just as ef­fec­tive the other way around. 9. Boil pasta un­til al dente ( still firm, with bite). Your part­ner, by this point, should be feel­ing just the op­po­site. 10. Serve up with a gen­er­ous sprin­kling of cheese and watch an­i­mos­ity trans­form into ec­stasy with each bite.

food from the heart Calvin Ku with his wife Ali­cia feast­ing in their kitchen

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