Recipe: Oeufs cocotte, with Crazy foraged mushrooms, comté and herb pistou

There’s 1 thing I know I can rely on every year that will assuredly can lift my spirits in wet weather: mushroom hunting season! In France, where I live, cool rains bring out masses of improbable amateurs, young and old alike, who trudge deep into the woods in search of not-always-so-buried treasures. The grumpy old police captain that hangs around my favorite local brasserie turned up another week sporting an ear-to-ear smile as he presented multiple wicker baskets filled to the brim with cèpes he’d snagged earlier that morning. My polite inquiry as to where he’d been out picking, immediately saw the broad smile vanish from his lips as he craftily went about changing the subject.

This popular autumn pastime is not restricted only to professionals: Village pharmacists are required by law to be effective at identifying mushroom varieties, making it a hell of a lot easier to feel confident cooking up everything you forage. Still, it’s extremely important that you learn how to correctly identify mushrooms before you venture out in search of dinner. If you are a first-timer, be certain to go with someone who’s experienced and just eat fungi you have the ability to identify 100 percent favorably. An even easier option, for those not up to this job, is to go to the neighborhood market to get them straight from an experienced forager who has done all of the learning (and work) for you.

My version of the classic French recipe for oeufs cocotte is the best vehicle for any wild mushrooms you have the ability to get your hands on. Not to be confused for shirred eggs, these infants are cooked in a bain marie when swimming in rich and delicious freshwater blossom cream baths. Be certain that you serve alongside copious quantities of freshly toast crusty bread for dipping. This recipe can easily be developed to match just about anything savoury you happen to have available, but of course, I prefer wild mushrooms. After all, it’s the season!

Servings: 4

Ingredients

1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves

2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves

2 cups loosely packed fresh italian parsley leaves

1 tablespoon coarse grey sea salt

2 cloves garlic

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 lemon, zested

3 cups washed and loosely packed chanterelles (approximately 25-30 whole mushrooms of varying sizes). A mixture of cepes, oyster mushrooms, or other wild mushrooms of choice could substituted

2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp butter

Freshly cracked black pepper

1 cup whipping cream

1/2 nutmeg, freshly grated

2 bay leaves

4 medium-sized eggs

4 heaping Tbsp Comté cheese, grated

1 cup cooked wheat berries, wild rice, quinoa or other grain of choice

4 ceramic ramekins, or heatproof glass cups

Strategy

To produce the pistou, bring a small pot of water to a boil. Dip from the mint, basil and parsley leaves and give a good stir. Immediately strain and move the blanched leaves into a small bowl of ice water. Allow to cool.

In a food processor, process the salt, garlic and olive oil.

Strain the herbs from the ice bath and gently squeeze to remove any excess water. Add the herbs into the food processor and process until blended and relatively smooth, although cautious to not over blend. Taste and adjust salt or olive oil as necessary.

Next, begin to wash the mushrooms using a paring knife to trim away any nasty bits round the borders (optional: lightly run the blade edge along the stem trimming the surface as you work around it, hardly scratching off each stem’s surface). Trim all the stalks by a few millimeters. Tear each chanterelle in half (or in threes based on the size). Check the stalks for clean and bugs by trimming if necessary.

Heat a nonstick skillet over high heat. Working in batches, add half of the olive oil and cook half of the mushrooms until they begin to brown (about five minutes). Add 1 tablespoon of butter and allow to melt and brown around the mushrooms. Remove cooked mushrooms from the pan and season with black pepper. Proceed by cooking the next batch of mushrooms with the exact same pan. Set aside.

Heat cream to a boil over moderate heat, stirring often with a wooden spoon. Remove from heat, remove bay leaves and set aside until ready to assemble.

Bring a large shallow pot of water to a simmer. The quantity of water used will be dependent on the size of the ramekins you’re using. To get a bain marie, the water must grow up just under the border each ramekin. I tend to err towards not overfilling the pot because if needed, you can always add more hot water to make up the difference.

Prepare the oeufs cocotte by dividing the wheat berries evenly between each ramekin. Layer with grated Comté, followed with the mushrooms, again, dividing each equally among the dishes. Add a generous spoonful of pistou to each ramekin and then spoon the lotion evenly across every dish. Gently crack an egg into each ramekin.

Carefully lower the ramekins to the bain marie. Adjust hot water as required. Cook in a slow simmer for 10-15 minutes. Egg whites should be put, while the yolks should still be runny. Carefully remove each ramekin in the bain marie and serve immediately — the eggs will end up overcooked if left to sit for a long time.

Serve with toasted bread for dipping, in addition to extra pesto for people who simply just can not get enough herby, garlicky goodness.

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Acidic ingredients open door to cheaper, Faster cocktails

For at least a decade, the huge majority of craft cocktail bartenders have garnished their rear bars with abundant cornucopias of fresh fruit, mainly citrus.

To a lot of barflies, that is a tell — one which indicates the bar utilizes fresh, high quality, natural ingredients, a practice that’s practically the prime directive of the craft revolution — that is the reason why it’s news that several prominent bartenders at many Canadian destinations have begun putting away the fruit. Instead, they’re choosing to micro-dose cocktails with acid, as in lactic, malic, tartaric and phosphate.

Victoria’s newly opened Foxtrot Tango Whisky Bar is going to launch a ellagic acid cocktail and, allegedly, is going through five litres of calcium hydroxide (lime acid) a week. In Vancouver, neither the Fairmont Pacific Rim nor the Mackenzie Room could make their signature house-made cordials without a assortment of different acids, which range from acid phosphate to ellagic acid. It is taking off in Toronto, also, where acids are used in drinks at Café Cancan, Byblos, Grey Tiger and anyplace Robin Kaufman functions, since he is a total convert.

“If you create a cordial from lime zests and acids and control the process absolutely — weight, time, temperature — you can achieve perfect consistency every time,” says Kaufman, who has just retired from Byblos to operate at Alo. “But where it really starts to get interesting is that the mouthfeel changes, also, so that you can find this hybrid drink between a shaken and a stirred cocktail{}”

The lime lack of 2014, a consequence of unusually cold and dry conditions and alleged organized crime problems, increased costs and brought the backend politics of pub cost-ratios out in the open, forcing bartenders to research different choices. It quickly became evident that verjus, vinegars and powdered acids were simply stand-in players and could, in actuality, be regular cast members. Additionally, it opened up a whole new toolbox for bartenders seeking to make fresh flavours. Kaufman praises the flavor of acids, but they also have the benefit of efficacy; not having to shake a cocktail means quicker service. They are also favorable from a space standpoint, long-lasting (acids have preservative qualities) and are always easy to buy.

“People want spirit-based cocktails, but it is hard for people to discover new stirred original that is far better than stirred classics,” says Kaufman. “But it is not tough to find fascinating refreshing cordials which may be mixed into stirred cocktails, ones that people want to consume daily.”

While it’s tough to imagine a jar of white malic acid onto the bar will have the same love as an overflowing bowl of fruit, it is tough to argue with the results because they are delicious.

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Recipe: Chiang Mai noodle soup

This outstanding dish has Islamic, Burmese and Thai roots. There is no standard recipe and variations vary from a curry-like soup with powerful cumin and coriander tastes to a model rich with coconut milk and less spice. This version comes from the cooking school at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chiang Mai. First, comes a recipe for homemade curry paste, but do not feel bad if you purchase it Thais also often get theirs from favorite vendor in the marketplace.

Red curry paste

2 shallots, peeled

3 cloves garlic, peeled

3 dried red Thai bird’s eye chili peppers

1 tablespoon galangal or ginger, peeled and chopped

1 tablespoon coriander stems and root, chopped

1 tablespoon kaffir lime zest or two lime leaves, slivered

1 tbsp shrimp paste

1 tablespoon lemongrass, chopped

Pinch of salt

Soup

1 pound fresh egg noodles, about 6 cups

3 tbsp vegetable oil

2 cups coconut milk

3 tablespoons red curry paste

1 tbsp curry powder

1 teaspoon fresh garlic, chopped, or 1/2 tsp ground turmeric

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp ground cumin

2 cup chicken stock

3 tbsp fish sauce

2 tablespoons coconut sugar or sugar

12 oz boneless, skinless chicken thighs, quartered

Garnish

2 tbsp coriander leaves

1/4 cup thinly sliced shallot

Condiments

Limes

Shallots

Chilis

Pickled mustard greens

Chili powder

Chili oil

Strategy

Red curry paste: Combine shallots, garlic, chili, galangal (or ginger), coriander, kaffir lime, shrimp paste and lemongrass in a mini-chop or food processor and pulse until finely chopped and pasty.

Soup: Bring water to boil in a pot and add 4 cups noodles, return to boil. Drain and put in soup bowls with the coriander leaves.

Heat wok with vegetable oil over high heat. Add remaining 2 cups noodles and fry until golden and crisp, about three minutes. Remove noodles to paper towel-lined plate and discard oil {}.

Insert 1/4 cup of the thick coconut milk to the wok and bring to boil. Add red curry paste and stir together, add curry powder, turmeric, coriander and cumin and cook until spices are toasted and fragrant, about two minutes. Add remaining coconut milk, stock, fish sauce and sugar. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for three minutes. Add chicken and stir together. Simmer until chicken is cooked through, about eight to ten minutes.

Taste for seasoning adding more curry powder, fish sauce or lime as needed. Ladle over cooked noodles and top with fried noodles. Put garnishes in bowls. Dot soup with chili oil.

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Counter culture: Takeout Foods get a healthy makeover

The alternative to a bagged lunch was drifting through the nearest food court searching for something that would not put you at a digestive coma by 3 p.m., but a spate of new restaurants are putting a priority on bettering the takeaway encounter with healthful and sophisticated fare.

In mid-September, Planta Burger, a spinoff of the famed vegan restaurant Planta, opened in Toronto’s financial district. While there is seating for around 15 from the eatery, the kitchen’s focus is on getting its plant-based burgers and sides out quickly to customers that are on a time crunch. “Knowing that takeout and meals delivery is becoming such a big part of people’s daily routines, we wanted to have the ability to give great sustainable and healthy foods to their desk or houses or apartments,” says Steven Salm, president of Chase Hospitality Group, which owns Planta and Planta Burger.

A 2016 study conducted by Restaurants Canada found that 27 percent of Canadians were more likely to see a restaurant that provides organic or environmentally friendly food, which 39 percent of Canadians eat at quick-service restaurants once per week, while 19 percent order takeout once weekly. “People are discovering wellness and nutrition and lifestyle a part in their decision making as to what they need to consume,” Salm states. “It is great to be encouraging them though those choices.”

Chase Hospitality Group will shortly be launching another banner, Palm Lane, in Toronto’s Yorkville Village. The focus will be salads and veg-based bowls. Like Flock Rotisserie and Greens, which chef Cory Vitiello opened in Toronto’s Entertainment District at 2015 and has steadily been expanding with a focus on fries and poultry, Palm Lane will have some seats, but a strong staff to deal with fast-paced takeout. “People will see it as a destination and choose to dine in or add it to their busy commuting programs and catch it on the way home from work or before and after exercise,” Salm states.

Likewise in Vancouver, renowned restaurant manufacturer Tacofino — which began as a food truck — recently opened its most recent location, in the Bentall One building on West Pender Street in the city’s financial district, with an “state burrito bar” which is going to have vegetarian and meat alternative that clients can grab and go, cutting the eatery’s typical wait period to below its present standard, eight mintues.

Recognizing the clientele of the downtown core, “where people just have 15 or 20 minutes for lunch and then they must return to work,” states Tacofino co-founder and chef Jason Sussman, the decision was made to start a state menu. “We concentrate on trying to do good-quality, interesting food quickly,” he says.

“We are using the identical produce and meats that David Hawksworth utilizes in his restaurants,” Sussman adds. “We still need to use those terrific products that everyone gets to use in their own $ 100 dishes, but we would like to sell them to everyone and do great things together.”

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Jamie Oliver’s recipe for a healthy world

Jamie Oliver catches himself mid-curse before rephrasing what he needs to say in more family-friendly language.

“They say they cook, but they do not cook,” Oliver says of the families he’s met in areas of the United States where lives are cut short by cardiovascular disease and other diet-related ailments. “They do not cook. They reheat. And there is a difference.”

It has been over 12 years since the British chef started advocating nutritious wholesome meals with his TV program Jamie’s School Dinners. And by the sound of it, his fight against heavily processed, fatty, salty, sugary foods is far from over.

Lately, Oliver, who’s studying for a master’s degree in nutrition, has been a vocal supporter of a British tax on carbonated drinks, anticipated to take effect in April, 2018. And he’s adamant about the need for government intervention to help families make healthy food choices, such as Health Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy. The Healthy Eating Strategy includes revising Canada’s Food Guide, proposals to limit the advertising and marketing of unhealthy foods and drinks to children and steps to improve nutrition quality criteria.

Meanwhile, Oliver is promoting his new cookbook, 5 Ingredients: Fast amp; Easy Food, a selection of recipes that, as its name suggests, use just five ingredients. He highlights individuals also have a part to play in the battle against obesity. Their principal weapon, he says, is to cook for themselves.

As Oliver explained during a telephone interview with The Globe and Mail, eating well isn’t about removing indulgences, but about making certain foods which are high in fat, sugar and salt are treated as such rather than the mainstays of a person’s diet.

What is a dish your children bug you to create?

The things that they always tend to ask me to do is a excellent mild curry or a huge barbecue. I try to encourage them to look through the cookbooks and put a tiny piece of paper where they want me to cook and then the next weekend, I will attempt to cook it. It’s wonderful to have them involved not with only the cooking, but in addition, [to plan]: ‘What do you need?’

For a father of five, how can you handle everyone’s individual food tastes?

We strive to not be too kind, really. I’ve worked in plenty of families in Britain and various countries around the globe and there is nothing worse than seeing a mother or a dad cooking five unique meals for five distinct children because they’ve all got specific tastes. I’ve got two women who have been and are gluten intolerant, which we are working through. Aside from that, they just sort of just have to go with the flow.

For each dinner, they always have salad. Always. They do eat it, but I do not really watch them much. I just put it there and I put it out {}, so when they are hungry and they come about, they have something to select on straight away. It is always different. Sometimes it’s leaves, occasionally vegetables or that or this. That’s a really wonderful way to simply get them used to seeing [a number]. Because if they have never seen it, they are scared of it.

Babies are not placed on earth to eat chicken nuggets and burgers. The only reason they tend to eat chicken nuggets and burgers is because they are advertised all of the time and they are available on every street corner all the time. I have worked with tens of thousands and thousands of children who have never eaten a salad in their lifetime. Ever. And they are 12, 13, 14 years old. In the end, it is the parents’ responsibility to make it accessible and fun and make it taste fine.

For the intro of the book, it cites 70 percent of the recipes from the book are healthful. What can you tell me about another 30 percent?

When I began this book, I literally only wrote the recipes and they pretty much landed at 70-per-cent healthy from a calorific and a balanced viewpoint. So far as the other 30 percent is concerned, that is to be celebrated and adored. I believe really, it’s not possible to have a dessert that is “green,” [according to Britain’s colour-coded nutrition labels] other than an apple or a slice of fruit. A fantastic dessert, like a suitable cake, is beggingna be reddish. But red is there to be loved too. Life without chocolate could be damn boring.

Cakes and chocolate and dessert bars, they have always been very fair. They have always been an indulgence. The thing is that in the past 40 years, the cereal aisles of supermarkets are now essentially cake aisles. Pasta sauces have more sugar per 100 grams than desserts.

The point is, when people are given good advice, they normally make damn great choices. So that’s why when it comes down to things such as the Healthy Eating Strategy that [Prime Minister Justin] Trudeau is doing, in Canada that is significant, but also out of Canada, for me, that is also important.

The an increasing number of authorities that do it right and make it ecological, that is likely to help parents get it right, children get it right, make it easier to get better things and a little more difficult to find the [bad] things. Also if there is enough laws, that inspires or compels companies to do the right thing. That is why the sugary tax from the U.K. was genius. All of the [tax] money is going into food and sport education in primary schools, but what is interesting is across the food industry, they are all reformulating [their recipes to decrease sugar].

In the meantime, when I am standing in the grocery store aisle, it can be daunting trying to figure out not just what is most nutritious, but also what is ethically produced and what is most economical. What is your advice about navigating these options?

There are many things you can do. The first, irrespective of your earnings, is understand how to cook and how to store. And you don’t need to be a chef. You just need to learn how to cook some simple things and make stuff delicious, know when to shop, where to shop and when you’re able to find the deals and the best way to budget.

While there is more pressure on mothers and dads to operate than ever before, the importance of learning how to cook along with the fundamentals of growing and where food comes from and how it affects your system, of course that needs to be adopted into the schools. Naturally, elementary school children of Canada have to be talented this life skill that will actually make them live longer and more effective. You ain’t likely to die young should youn’t do your geography homework. You may die young if you don’t learn to cook. It’s as straightforward as that, really.

In Canada, the wide variety of fresh local produce dwindles in the winter. What is your advice for when things start looking gloomy from the produce section?

Embrace your freezer. Sadly, probably for a lot of decades, Britain, Canada and America have been famous for freezing a lot of processed foods. Freezing is genius. Freezing is your very best friend, especially if you’re a busy, working parent. Often, you can get frozen veggies which are more nutritious than the new stuff you can get at any marketplace, let alone the supermarket. Three days from the ground, it is flash-frozen within hours.

Embrace your freezer. Look at things that sort of last well which are imported maybe. Like your squashes, potatoes and carrots. They do fairly well and they are really very affordable. You can make it work.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

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A Northern Thai meal to excite your taste buds

I visited Thailand recently and was overwhelmed by the diversity in the food and how much regional variation there was between the north, south and centre of the country. Here, I am adapting recipes in the north, with the south and Bangkok to come later. Wherever you could go in the country, make sure to try the street food — it is delicious and safe, particularly if you see the stalls which are busy.

Northern food is constructed around the ubiquitous basket of sticky rice — a staple on tables in Isan, which is located at the northeast corner of Thailand, bordering Laos and Cambodia. The area’s rustic style of cooking is inspired by poor soil and erratic weather.

Nestled close to the border of Myanmar, Chiang Mai didn’t have access to familiar Thai ingredients like coconut milk, palm sugar and fish sauce until lately. The food will have a Burmese effect and incorporate the many vegetables and herbs that grow in the area.

All ingredients are available in Asian supermarkets, such as Tamp;T.

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Recipe: Chiang Mai noodle soup

This outstanding dish has Islamic, Burmese and Thai roots. There’s no standard recipe and variations range from a curry-like soup with strong cumin and coriander flavours to a version rich with coconut milk and less spice. This version comes from the cooking school at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chiang Mai. First, comes a recipe for homemade curry paste, but don’t feel bad if you buy it: Thais also often get theirs from favourite vendor at a market.

Red curry paste

2 shallots, peeled

3 cloves garlic, peeled

3 dried red Thai bird’s eye chili peppers

1 tbsp galangal or ginger, peeled and chopped

1 tbsp coriander stems and root, chopped

1 tbsp kaffir lime zest or 2 lime leaves, slivered

1 tbsp shrimp paste

1 tbsp lemongrass, chopped

Pinch of salt

Soup

1 lb fresh egg noodles, about 6 cups

3 tbsp vegetable oil

2 cups coconut milk

3 tbsp red curry paste

1 tbsp curry powder

1 tsp fresh turmeric, chopped, or 1/2 tsp ground turmeric

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp ground cumin

2 cup chicken stock

3 tbsp fish sauce

2 tbsp coconut sugar or regular sugar

12 oz boneless, skinless chicken thighs, quartered

Garnish

2 tbsp coriander leaves

1/4 cup thinly sliced shallot

Condiments

Limes

Shallots

Chilis

Pickled mustard greens

Chili powder

Chili oil

Method

Red curry paste: Combine shallots, garlic, chili, galangal (or ginger), coriander, kaffir lime, shrimp paste and lemongrass in a mini-chop or food processor and pulse until finely chopped and pasty.

Soup: Bring water to boil in a pot and add 4 cups noodles, bring back to boil. Drain and place in soup bowls with the coriander leaves.

Heat wok with vegetable oil over high heat. Add remaining 2 cups noodles and fry until crisp and golden, about three minutes. Remove noodles to paper towel-lined plate and discard oil from wok.

Add 1/4 cup of the thick coconut milk into the wok and bring to boil. Add red curry paste and stir together, add curry powder, turmeric, coriander and cumin and cook until spices are toasted and fragrant, about two minutes. Add remaining coconut milk, stock, fish sauce and sugar. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for three minutes. Add chicken and stir together. Simmer until chicken is cooked through, about eight to 10 minutes.

Taste for seasoning adding more curry powder, fish sauce or lime as needed. Ladle over cooked noodles and top with fried noodles. Place garnishes in bowls. Dot soup with chili oil.

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A Northern Thai meal to overwhelm your taste buds

I visited Thailand recently and was overwhelmed by the diversity in the food and how much regional variation there was between the north, south and centre of the country. Here, I’m adapting recipes from the north, with the south and Bangkok to come later. Wherever you might go in the country, be sure to try the street food – it’s delicious and safe, especially if you visit the stalls that are busy.

Northern food is built around the ubiquitous basket of sticky rice – a staple on tables in Isan, which lies in the northeast corner of Thailand, bordering Laos and Cambodia. The region’s rustic style of cooking is motivated by poor soil and unpredictable weather.

Nestled near the border of Myanmar, Chiang Mai did not have access to familiar Thai ingredients such as coconut milk, palm sugar and fish sauce until recently. The food tends to have a Burmese influence and incorporate the many herbs and vegetables that grow in the region.

All ingredients can be found at Asian supermarkets, such as T&T.

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Tim Hortons concocts Buffalo sauce latte in Most Recent Series of novelty treats

It might be pumpkin spice season, but Tim Hortons is experimenting with a much more eccentric new latte flavour — Buffalo Sauce, in the most recent move by restaurants to make buzz-worthy concoctions.

The business says two Buffalo, N.Y.-based restaurants will serve the latte, made with a daring Buffalo sauce flavour and ended off with whipped topping and dusted with zesty Buffalo seasoning.

Tim Hortons says the idea to integrate Buffalo sauce into its own menu originated from noticing the coffee-and-doughnut chain and the sauce were made in 1964.

The business has established a series of zany products lately. Last Canada Day, some U.S. restaurants functioned Canada-inspired treats, such as a poutine doughnut — cheese curds and gravy included.

Its innovative, limited-edition things are part of a wider trend restaurants are dishing up.

Burger King, which is owned by the same parent company as Tim Hortons, has served both a black– and red-bun version of its Whopper burger.

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Restaurant customers console Mistreated servers with Larger tips

The Globe’s bimonthly roundup of study from business schools.

It has been few years since Sandy Hershcovis made a living as a retail sales clerk, but she could still clearly remember the impolite and, sometimes, violent behavior to which she was subjected while on the front lines of customer service.

In one particularly memorable episode, Dr. Hershcovis was berated by a girl who was mad she couldn’t return a set of panties, which would have been against store policy for sanitary reasons.

“She told me, ‘No wonder you are just a sales person; you are too stupid to do anything else{}’ And she walked away leaving me with my heart racing,” Dr. Hershcovis recalls in an e-mail.

An associate professor in the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business, Dr. Hershcovis has channelled that frustration into exploring workplace mistreatment.

Her most recent work examines what happens when restaurant clients witness fellow clients mistreating restaurant servers. At one part of her study, she and colleagues hired an actor who pretended to be impolite to a host in a restaurant that was real, then observed the response of other clients who were unaware of their experiment. The behavior ranged from sarcasm and irrational needs to nasty comments and looking at a smartphone through trades.

“I always remember how thankful I felt when other clients who watched these interactions would take my side and offer me words of support,” she says. “So I wanted to directly study whether seeing clients would compensate for the poor behaviour of fellow clients.”

Her paper was co-authored by marketing professor Namita Bhatnagar at the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business at Winnipeg and printed in the Journal of Applied Psychology.

The findings provide both good news and bad news to servers. On the downside, researchers found that only 11 percent of consumers who watched rude behaviour really intervened.

“I thought more people would endure for the host as it was fairly apparent that the waiter had done nothing [in the experiment] to deserve the rude treatment,” states Dr. Hershcovis. But after the clients were debriefed, a number said they wanted to say or do something to assist the host but were unsure of how to effectively intervene.

On the other hand, almost 75 percent of clients offered verbal support to the servers after the rude customer abandoned. Customer witnesses were more likely to boost their suggestion — by an average of 83 percent — after seeing a rude interaction.

“So servers may financially benefit from the rude behaviour of consumers,” states Dr. Hershcovis.

A secondary analysis by the researchers found empathetic clients were more likely to provide positive customer service evaluations and encouraging statements.

Previous research in this field has tended to focus on how workers react when other workers, or managers, are rude to them. Few studies to date have concentrated on customer responses to fellow clients.

Dr. Hershcovis says firms outside the service sector can learn from the findings of her research. She indicates companies take steps to actively create awareness about the damaging impact of customer aggression on employees. That may be something as straightforward as putting up a sign that motivates clients to be respectful to workers.

“Any activities or policies that help evoke empathy from seeing customers may lead to more powerful supportive reactions from such witnesses,” she says.

Story ideas associated with business school research in Canada could be transmitted to darahkristine@gmail.com.

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