Chef David–Haibun Monday at dVerse

Photo and Pie by Chef David Slotto–Thanksgiving

Chef David

Have you ever wondered if the one you love, loves you in return? With the same intensity? With the same care?

I watch him stir, measure, taste, chop, add, stir again. I watch him labor over a pot of lactose-free milk slowly simmering, evaporating so that I can enjoy the same Thanksgiving pumpkin pie as everyone else in spite of my finicky digestive system. I watch him unload groceries carefully chosen after meticulous examination of labels to rule out dairy. Do you know how many cheeses are made of the easier-to-digest goats’ milk?

It’s that measure of attention, that extra spice that flavors every meal he prepares with that delicious spice of love.

on a green hillside
ewes drop spring lambs one-by-one
cheese in the offing

Note: Once when making a silent retreat in Pennsylvania in April, I stood and witnessed the birth of a couple of dozen lambs, all within a few hours of each other. Truly amazing.

Today for Haibun Monday, Kanzen Sakura asks us to remember one of our favorite meals–a hard task for me since I have enjoyed so many thanks to my husband who does all the cooking. I chose Thanksgiving. 

Photo: David Slotto–herbs from the chef’s garden

Photo: David Sl



27 thoughts on “Chef David–Haibun Monday at dVerse

  1. Miss Stacy says:

    what a sweet haibun written in dedication to someone who loves you very much…and those photos are an added plus.


  2. kutukamus says:

    Elegant and inviting.. From a pair of attentive hands 🙂


  3. A recipe for love.


  4. ladynyo says:

    can you doubt the love? What a wonderful telling of a haibun! And the spring lambs being birthed. I had a lamb when I was a kid….”Lamby
    formal name: Monty Wooly …apparently and old English actor. LOL!
    I LOVE pumpkin pie…my favorite. Down here in the South they eat a too sweetened sweet potato pie for Thanksgiving….not the same at all…and your husband is an artist! Such a lovely haibun and haiku. Tender.


  5. rosemawrites says:

    oh this is ooozing with love. ❤ ❤ ❤ love every line!


  6. Waltermarks says:

    Chef David was indeed a careful chef. He did care about you to serve only things that would work for you. The other way would make a memorable meal, but not a good one. How sweet!


  7. A touching story of what love is all about! Thank you for sharing.


  8. hypercryptical says:

    A beautiful story of love Victoria, how good a man your husband.
    Kind regards
    Anna :o].


  9. whimsygizmo says:

    Love that spice of love. 🙂


  10. perfect combination of prose and haiku…


  11. kim881 says:

    I can’t believe you have a chef David too, Victoria! Only my one doesn’t like me to watch him at work in the kitchen, which I can understand. I don’t like being watched either – It’s similar to not being able to type when someone’s looking over your shoulder. My David also scrutinises labels as I too have a finicky digestive system – and diabetes.


  12. Singledust says:

    i enjoyed reading the care he takes in the selection of ingredients and preparation. What a lovely question you pose to us, how do we know someone loves us in return , with the same intensity or even more – it is in the care they offer us. small gestures sometimes unnoticed and unappreciated – this is the return of love to us. I loved the gentleness of spring, the lambs and the prepared meal here.


  13. wolfsrosebud says:

    i’m just hungry for pie now… lovely approach here


  14. Oh, lovely. I can see the time and effort and love he invests in cooking for you. Cooking can be such a beautiful act of love.


  15. sanaarizvi says:

    Oh I love this! 😀 Especially how you describe the way he ‘unloads groceries carefully chosen after meticulous examination of labels to rule out dairy.” Your husband’s love shines through all the way ❤️

    Lots of love,


  16. frankhubeny says:

    Preparing meals is an act of love. I liked the leaf-shaped dough on the crust of that pie.


  17. Glenn Buttkus says:

    So many of us envy your chef-in-residence, you lucky lady, The extra care given as love is stirred into the mix is truly a blessing.


  18. I really love the leap of thought from the meal to the spring lambs… and yes any dinner prepared with such car has to be lovely… I didn’t know that goat milk was better…


  19. lillian says:

    Ah Victoria, my husband is the chef in our home as well. But yours, that extra loving touch to insure you can truly enjoy. Very special indeed! Love pumpkin pie — and my tummy was growling before I read this 🙂
    Wonderful and fresh haiku is the whip cream on the pie 🙂

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  20. kanzensakura says:

    You are truly blessed to have such a loving husband. I love the haiku. Lambs being born is a true miracle to witness. And this is why I left the world of professional cheffing…to cook for those I love, with love.

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  21. A beautiful haibun Victoria and ‘that extra spice that flavors every meal he prepares with that delicious spice of love’ is so special and something to treasure for life xxx

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  22. A delightful post. You are lucky to have someone who cares so much.

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