Doesn’t Dinner at Claude's title sound like the name of a fancy French restaurant? As a matter of fact, Claude is from France! Actually, it was lunch at Claude’s, but saying Dinner makes a better title.
I first met Claude about fifteen years ago at a multi-level meeting of all things! I was gung-ho at the time, and Claude, who had a Ph.D in physics and quite a logical mind, as you can imagine, was quite suspicious and asked many analytical questions which did not endear him to me. Of course, later Claude turned out to be right.
Claude left town and was visiting about six years ago when I bumped into him on the town square. He had started doing what he calls the Freedom Technique. http://www.askdrclaude.com He designed this program to help people let go of past patterns of thinking and move forward in their lives. He offered to give me a session right then and there. In his car parked by the side of the street in the downtown square in Fairfield, Claude did bless me with a session. It was indeed freeing.
After that session, Claude and I became friends.
Now, after another six years, Claude has just moved back to town, and he soon invited me to his place for lunch. This entry is about the marvelous meal he served and how to make chapattis.
The menu was rice and dahl, butternut squash, a beautifully arranged and delicious salad with sprouts that Claude sprouted himself, fresh carrot juice and red cabbage juice, and the lightest most delicious chapattis brushed with homemade ghee and dipped into the most delicious dahl that anyone has ever cast their eyes on. Believe me, everything was delicious and delicately spiced. This was indeed a gourmet meal. If you tasted Claude’s cooking, you would swoon in joy. If it ever happened that you were imprisoned and sentenced to death, this is the meal you would want to request for your last one!
Claude has no recipe for his chapattis. Actually, I think he made puris because they all puffed up magically over the gas flame, something I have not been able to succeed at. But the ingredients are:
Adding the thyme is Claude’s invention.
I have learned that Claude applies quantum physics to his cooking!
One last thing, outside the window is a bird feeder. We saw many red cardinals and other birds at the feeder, and even wild turkeys in the yard. It would have been easy to eat in silence while having dinner at Claude’s.