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散文佳作108篇 第59期:A Hard Day in the Kitchen 厨房里的一场闹剧




A Hard Day in the Kitchen


shannon Hodge


Everything had gone wrong that morning. The chef had arrived late, nursing a hangover, andthe kitchen hadn't been cleaned properly the night before, which put him in a worse mood.


The boss, having attended the same party, was in a similar state. He was holding his head andtrying to do the accounts at the same time. Enclosed in his little glass-fronted office,Carolinecould see his face growing more puce by the moment. He was just reaching for his first sherry.

同他一起出席聚会的老板也是一样,昏昏沉沉的。他用手托着脑袋试图要结账. 卡若琳坐在由玻璃窗围着的办公室里,看着他的脸变得更紫了。他在仲手拿第一瓶雪利洒。

A Hard Day in the Kitchen 厨房里的一场闹剧

Running backwards and forwards between the kitchen and the dining room, Caroline had notime to think for a while.


When shefd first managed to get the waitressing job in the restaurant, she was delighted, forshe was at her first year at university and jobs were scarce. She sighed. She'd wondered atthe time at her ease in getting employment. It now appeared that her boss’ reputation hadpreceded him, and no one else had applied. However, she had no time to think of that now. Aportly blue-eyed man was giving her furious looks as he waited for his order. Damn! What wasit again? She had been caught up with the

fussy woman who had been so particular about how her steak was cooked. In fact, theoffending meal had been sent back to the kitchen twice. It was, the woman complained, toowell done---she liked her steak “blue”. Yuk! thought Caroline. Give me a well-done piece ofsteak every time. The man continued to glower at her while he watched the gray-haired lady'santics.

当卡若琳首次得到餐厅服务员工作的时候,她非常高兴,因为那时她仅是一名大一学生,对于大一的学生来说,工作是很难找的。她又叹了口气,她在想当时怎 么就那么容易得到这份工作,现在算是明白了,她的老板声名在外,没人来他这应聘.但是,她现在没时间考虑那么多了。一个胖胖的蓝眼睛的男子正怒视着她好像在抱怨没及时给他点餐。该死,这回又是什么?她又被那个挑剔的女人纠缠上了,那个女人对她烹饪的牛排总是挑三拣四的。事实上,这份让客人恼火的菜己经反厨两次了。那个女人抱怨说这牛排太过火了,她喜欢五分熟的牛排。卡若琳想切,要是我吃,每次我都点熟过了的牛排。此时,那个要点餐的男子一边看着那灰白发的女人那古怪样子,一边继续怒视着卡若琳。

Sweetly Caroline went to him and made sure that his order was right. “I wanted,,, heenunciated in ringing tones, “just a moderate grill, French fries,and a well-done steak.” Heglared dismissively at the woman at the next table “And a green side salad.” “Right,sir,,,she chirped with a cheer she did not feel. “Coming right up.” With that, shehastily retreated to make sure that Joseph the chef had it right this time.

卡若琳笑意盈盈地来到那个男子桌前并确认一下他点的菜。那个男子简直说给我一份五分熟的烤肉,还有法国炸薯条和一份熟透的牛排他不屑的瞅了那个女人一眼接着又说再加一份蔬菜萨拉” ”好的,先生,”卡若琳轻快的回道马上就给您上菜随即,她匆匆跑回厨房让厨师约瑟夫这次务必做好。

Yes, thank goodness it was ready. Caroline thought the side salad of lettuce with tomato,several slices of hard-boiled egg, cucumber and dressing looked very attractive.


In her haste, she did not see the young man at a comer table casting her sympathetic glancesas he waited patiently. Tall and about 25 with tousled black hair and an impish grin, he waswatching “the circus” as he mentally dubbed it.


He could see the pretty young waitress getting more and more frustrated. Poor girl, she lookedat the end of her tether. He wondered what he could do to give her a hand and pour oil ontroubled waters.


But all was not over. The man, Henry Savage, had finished his grill with much enjoyment andnow turned to his salad. He poised with his knife and fork in mid-air, his expression a study. Agreen caterpillar was slowly crawling out from under the lettuce. It was large, fat, andapparently well-fed. It paused in its travels to survey the scene. Purple with fury, Henry couldbarely find his voice.

但是事还没有完 。那位男子,亨利?萨维奇享受地吃完了烤肉,又转向他的色拉。忽然,他举起刀和叉停在了半空中,带着一种研究的表情看着它。一条绿色蠕虫正慢慢地从生菜下面爬出来。它很大,很肥,显然在里面吃得很好。它在旅途中停了下来以欣赏风景,亨莉气得脸色发紫,几乎无法言语。他生气地叫着:他用颤抖的手指指那条虫说:

“Waitress!” he thundered. “Come here this moment!” He sounded every inch the headmaster hewas.


“What do you call this?” He pointed with a quivering finger at the caterpillar, which decided theworld outside was not as copy as hiding behind the lettuce leaf and retreated.


Caroline, petrified by the tone of the shout, came into the dining room at a trot.


By now, the whole room had ground to a halt. The diners were all staring at her, mostly insympathy.


Henry speechlessly gestured at the salad where the caterpillar, bored by its seclusion, hadreappeared."


Caroline blanched. Nervously she tried to speak, but failed, then managed, “Sorry, sir, it’s neverhappened before, we’ll make you a new one.” Grabbing the salad, she whisked it away into thekitchen. But Henry Savage was not to be deterred. After a shouted opinion of what he thoughtof the restaurant, he stormed out.


Caroline, with a hastily prepared new salad in her hands, returned to an empty table. She didn’tknow where to put herself with the rest of the customers peering at her. Bursting into tears,she rushed back to the kitchen. “Take that, you stupid man, next time make sure you washthe salad when you’ve got a hangover,” she ground out to the startled chef. “I’ll give you atossed salad!” she snarled and threw the contents of the bowl over his head.


The manager, by now completely sober, appeared. When a hasty explanation was made byone of the more lucid customers, he was remarkably nice about the whole episode. Maybe hehad a guilty conscience. Caroline mused, remembering that sometimes he was the one whohelped wash the lettuce if the staff were too busy. In any event, the whole incident wasquickly smoothed over and everyone’s temper restored.


After Caroline had washed her face, tided herself up and resumed working, the young manbeckoned her over. “I watched you handle that,” he said admiringly. “I think you did great. Thatold man really gave you ‘what for.’ Do you think you could do it all over again for a film I’mproducing? It was far better than a custard pie any day, you did it so beautifully!” Here hechuckled. “But you really should have thrown it over the old boy’s head: he was being theunreasonable one.”


They looked at each other. Caroline could feel the beginnings of a smile on her face. All ofsudden both of them burst out laughing. Maybe it wasn’t going to be such a bad day after all.


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