The cook who outwits his employer!

Once upon a time in a far off land,there was a very smart cook.He was known for his unusual skill of

Cook Education Center

Cook Education Center (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

his fabulous cooking,an art he mastered from a very young age.He also learned to convince everyone that he was a gifted liar.This happens to be his way of getting out of trouble.He had been successful almost all the time.His parents,however were not thrilled to know this.He was warned by his mother who said,”now Alfie,you came out with flying colours,so far,one day you will get caught,I your mother am telling you to give up this practice”.

Alfie’s life was going along smoothly.He had a kind master,good friends and adorable parents.He knew he is so crafty that there was no chance of tripping up.This gave him the belief he needed to carry on his two most important traits cooking and his make-believe stories.

His employer was very proud of his cooking.He was always boasting about his cooking to his friends.One of his friends was tired of hearing this and challenged him,he said, “If your cook is as good as you tell us,why don’t you invite me,I will find out how good he is and also will enjoy the food?”Mr.Alec was happy that he got his chance to prove to the friend,how excellent Alfie,his cook is.

With this in mind,he went shopping,among his list of ingredients,he decided to buy a crane for the main course.He came home with his bag full of food items for the big day.

The day had arrived, Alfie was ecstatic that his master had told his friend about his wonderful art of cooking.He put the necessary ingredients to marinate the bird.It was time for him to roast the bird.He put the bird in the oven and started singing,”Oh, my master’s friend is coming and I will show my skill,he is coming in the evening ,he is coming to eat my food,oh yeah—–.” Suddenly he noticed someone was coming,he peaked and saw his friend the glutton.He mumbled to himself “I will have to get rid of him.”The smell of the food made the glutton so hungry,he pleaded with his friend to let him have a leg of the crane.Alfie at first told him to hurry home and not expect anything.The glutton however did not give  up.At that moment the cook did not think of the consequences of his generosity.Evening rolled around Alfie was getting ready to serve the food.

The employer arrived with his friend.Dinner was served.While carving the roast,the master was horrified to see only one leg.Alfie was summoned immediately.He was asked about the other leg.The crafty cook replied,”The cranes have only one leg,Sir!”This was too much for the master to believe,he instantly told him,they will go to the field where there are several cranes and check out his story.

Accordingly they made the trip where there were hundreds of cranes.The cranes were having a nap,therefore they were standing on one leg.Alfie pointed at once,”See,Sir I told you,cranes have only one leg.”The master in a fit of anger,went close to the cranes and yelled,”Shoo,shoo.” All the cranes put the other leg down and flew away. “Now tell me,do you still say,the cranes have only one leg.”Yes ,Sir,you forgot to say,Shoo!”The master realized how clever his cook was and decided to forgive him.

Cook Eke Mariën (left) and chemist Jan Groenew...

Cook Eke Mariën (left) and chemist Jan Groenewold (right) @ Woudschoten conference of chemistry education, 4 november 2006, Zeist, Netherlands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

6 thoughts on “The cook who outwits his employer!

      • Hi Ranu,

        Yes, I most certainly do like it!

        You’ve obviously got an inspired imagination and a story-telling ability that makes me look forward to all your future writing.

        All good wishes,


      • I taught little nine year olds.Who always wanted me to tell them stories after their school work was done.I had
        to invent stories that would make them laugh.We had a special bond between us.They tried to do their work the best
        way possible,in return I told them stories,helped them to take part in school plays,taught them to sing Indian national anthem.
        They and the parents were proud to hear their children sing in a completely different language.They asked me,how it was possible,
        I told them children are usually gifted,they just have to be channeled in the right direction.If one can make them feel they can do anything,
        it gives them confidence which results in their outstanding achievement.I was fortunate because the children loved me and always wanted
        to make me happy.I did the same for them.
        Thank you for your kind comment,it will help me to get more inspiration to write about other topics.
        I have met some awesome people while doing the online course.It makes me look forward for other courses.Mr. Shafique is
        really a great facilitator.Fariha,Noor and of course you have been good friends.
        I am a shy person,when I get to know a person,I can bore them to tears by my writing.
        Best wishes to you,

      • Hi Ranu,

        I understand that stories and story-telling is built into us humans. There’s something so very special that is conveyed in story that seems so utterly difficult to otherwise convey. You exemplify this here with your words and experiences with those young children.

        Stories can be whole worlds, build whole worlds, sustain whole worlds. Indigenous peoples, for whom I have great love, know the secrets of stories. Iqbal knew this too…didn’t he. The power of the good poet; the destructiveness of the bad poet.

        Someone once told me that children are naturally gifted, from birth, and that improper, boring, or dry formal education essentially strips them of their inherent genius. Now that I think of it, I believe Iqbal says this too, pointing to something so very precious about our nature.

        Like you, I am so happy to have met all the great people involved in the MLC courses. It is a window to a new, fresh, inspiring world, full of new friends, that has opened for me. Yes, Mr. Shafique is a great facilitator. The man amazes and inspires me.

        I’m so very pleased to share this planet with you and all the others!

        You will *not* me bored to tears :-).

        All good wishes,


      • Thank you very much.I hope all of us in the next courses will be good friends.
        I wasn’t sure I will continue,but here I am still enjoying it.
        All the best to you.

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