Today started early with chicken stock duty. We arrived at the school just before 8 to get started. Fortunately, I was assigned to onion duty, not breaking up chicken carcasses.
Once that was done, it was time to get into the kitchen and get cooking. I had prepared my order of work last night, and off I set to get on with my cooking. I ran behind as I really didn’t know where to find everything, and the scales were so busy, I had to queue a fair bit whilst I got all my ingredients together. Still, I managed it OK.
I had to make a soup, a salad and some biscuits, which weren’t particularly difficult, but working in a more cramped, busy environment than at home took some getting used to, and I did run behind.
Fortunately, I managed to get everything done and plated up OK for my teacher to taste and mark. Then, as I was waiting for her to come over, having given her a 5 minute warning, Darina walked into the kitchen, over to me and started to conduct my tasting. No pressure!
My soup needed thinning a little with milk, but otherwise the seasoning was good. My salad was “delicious” and my biscuits were good but could have been baked a little more evenly. We were marked out of 10 and I scored a 6 for the soup and 8 for the salad and biscuits respectively, which I was pleased with.
We then had to clear down everything and check all the equipment in our section. I swear to God someone had taken one of our whisks as we spent nearly an hour trying to locate it in the kitchen, whilst missing out on lunch. I was really tired, hungry and in need of a break, and the rules state you can’t leave without having your kitchen straight.
This meant I was nearly an hour late for lunch, and had to wolf my food down before rushing in to demo. I should have had a break to change, so was not feeling great when I went into the afternoon demo. However, as I walked in, I saw that our teacher for the afternoon would be Rachel, which cheered me up no end and we had a really excellent demo this afternoon.
Tomorrow is a theory day – these are the days we focus on cheese, wine and so on. I haven’t had chance to check the schedule yet, so I will wait and see what’s in order tomorrow. Tim Allen is running a gardening talk first thing tomorrow, so I will be off to that first thing to see what it’s like. He did a cheese making session tonight, which, sadly I missed. I did make the laundry induction session though!!
Today has been another really tiring day. I’m off for some rest before another busy day tomorrow. Thank you to you all for your support and lovely comments.