I was three years old when I tried smoking for the first time. I can clearly remember that moment. We lived in the Far North, in a population centre, where one can get only by a helicopter to. Only buildings of a club and a radio station (that at the same time was an administration) were made of stone. There was a smoking place near the radio station. And I, having problems with moving in a fur coat, which weighed more than me, picked a dog-end and took a pull.

Cold scallop julienne with avocado, red caviar and truffle oil recipe
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: French Cuisine
Ingredients
  • 50 g scallop
  • 20 g cucumber
  • 20 g avocado
  • 2 g truffle oil
  • 5 g tobiko
  • 10 g red caviar
  • 3 g soy sauce
  • 5 g frisee
  • 3 g microgreen
  • 20 g jelly
  • 5 g saffron sauce
  • 2 g balsamic
  • Vinaigrette sauce
  • 70 g olive oil
  • 10 ml grape vinegar
  • 20 g mustard
  • Salt and pepper up to taste
  • Jellied seafood stock
  • 100 ml stock
  • 1 g agar-agar
  • Saffron sauce
  • 35 g semi-sweet wine
  • 1g saffron pollen
  • 100 g 30% cream
  • Salt and pepper up to taste
Instructions
  1. Cold scallop julienne with avocado, red caviar and truffle oil is my signature dish with elements of molecular gastronomy.
  2. Cut cucumber and avocado in thin slices, season with classical vinaigrette sauce, lay out young frisee on top and pour jellied seafood stock.
  3. The ensemble is completed with scallop julienne (thin slices), seasoned with truffle oil, soy sauce and tobiko.
  4. Decorate the dish with microgreen, red caviar, saffron sauce and balsamic.
  5. Perfectly served with Talisker 10 Years Old.
  6. Jellied seafood stock – pour ingredients in a container and cool down.
  7. Saffron sauce – bring to boil and sauce-like consistency.

 

At that moment, I decided I would never smoke again. I couldn’t get rid of a bitter and poisonous cigarette taste for the next several days.

Холодный жульен из гребешка с авокадо, красной икрой и трюфельным маслом-2

Then, when I was 12, my friends and me bought a pack of More. We hid in a kindergarten near my home and smoked cigarettes, but without inhaling. At those times, I already knew how to earn money: I sold ice cream in winter for three times as much as I bought it. I spent the money earned for cigarettes and Coca-Cola.

When my mother found out, she took a box of cigarettes, intended to be sold in Poland, from a case and gave it to me. And she never recalled that case. Today, I can say that was the wisest decision. By the way, there were no smokers in our family, except for my dad’s father.

A week after, I gave up smoking for the second time in my life and promised myself, I would never smoke again.

I broke my own promise, when I was in the last grade. That was the first time I took a real pull of a cigarette. For the next 6 years, I smoked two packs of cigarettes a day. I woke up and fell asleep with a cigarette. And I couldn’t imagine my life without smoking.

I gave up smoking in 2002. I just decided to test my will. It was June, I spent the whole day at home with an open Marlboro pack and a lighter. The first day was the hardest. That day I learnt how to light Zippo, while it was flying, with my tongue and by a finger snap. The next day, my yearning disappeared.

That was the third time I promised never to smoke again.

And it was New Year 2008 when I broke my promise again. I started smoking because I was angry with my wife. She’s a heavy smoker, and refused to give up. Actually, it only seemed to me that I started smoking because I was angry. And as one wise person said, one could give up smoking, only after dealing with the reason why one had started.

Previously, I used to enjoy smoking. And now it’s just my habit. The habit I’m frustrated and not pleased with.

I took three years for me to understand why I had started smoking. Three years with these sticks, that one can find in my pocket even now, when I’m righting this.

I haven’t read Alan Carr’s book, I’ve never used patches and taken any pills. I gave up smoking just because I knew what I was doing it for.

And this time I promise again I’ll never smoke.

Холодный жульен из гребешка с авокадо, красной икрой и трюфельным маслом-1