It’s probably a good thing I didn’t blog last thursday (day 19). The week had gone from bad to worse and Thursday was the last straw. Despite getting in around 7.30am, I managed to get way behind schedule very quickly. So much so that my chicken should have marinated in the fridge for an hour having made a lovely sauce for it to sit in and having jointed the chicken, too. The chicken made it into the oven at the last minute in order to get it cooked in time for lunch. I set the timer and got on with my yeast bread which was also woefully behind schedule. After around 20 minutes, I went back to have a peek at the chicken through the oven door, only to find someone had turned my oven up to 250C and the chicken was burnt. Not only that, the timer I set on the oven for my bread hadn’t gone off either and my bread was black. By that point I was on the edge. I managed to (just about) hold it together and serve my food which, predictably didn’t score well. Then, I found out I had an extra two duties to complete at lunchtime, so again, didn’t get a break and was later for Rachel’s demo to start.
Come Thursday night, I was feeling pretty despondent. Everything I seem to touch at Ballymaloe goes wrong. And it’s things I know I can cook and do reasonably well. I hate to say it, but a lot of the time, it really isn’t my fault that things go wrong – I have lost count of the number of times my oven has been turned up or down with my back turned and ruined my cooking and so on.
By friday morning, I was past caring, and I only had two recipes, so I went in early to get started. The kitchen seemed my calmer on friday and was a much more enjoyable place to work. Sorcha, my teacher for the day was on great form and really helpful, and I managed 4 recipes in the end, getting a 9* for my apple pie.
I was really buoyed by my progress on friday and was looking forward to the weekend. My lovely friend Amy came out to stay and we had a great weekend exploring the local area and having a good catch up. So, it’s sunday night again, and I’m feeling a little refreshed and more positive about the week ahead. I’ve been put into the kitchen I wanted, so I have a good feeling about Week 4. We’re a quarter of the way through the course already.
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