Today, we have our first non-written test!!
Our class is very nervous about this one. It includes some basic cooking techniques like blanching broccoli, cooking beans for a cold salad and making long grain brown rice perfectly. I think I have the brown rice down pretty well (recipe HERE) but the others are kind of iffy.
The other part of the test is practicing our knife skills. We are given a list of cuts to practice and we don’t know what vegetables we will be getting until the test. I have practiced a little bit but I haven’t paid too much attention to the exact measurements. Its harder then you think! At least I got the segmenting of a citrus fruit down (tutorial HERE).
With the little time we have left, I am made sure I practiced as much as I can though I don’t think its been enough! Before I went to work, I had to make sure I sharpened my knives for real!
Did you know that using a steel (long rod) is not actually sharpening your knives? I didn’t at first. The steel is used to bring the edge back up on a dull blade. To really sharpen your knives you need to use a whetstone.
I’ll admit, I was intimidated, and I’m pretty sure I didn’t do it exactly right, but I did sharpen my home and school knives and they do feel much better.
A sharp knife is safer than a dull one!
I went to town on a huge bunch of organic carrots and its clear that I need more practice getting the sizes exactly right, but progress and practice are the key.
I used all these carrots for a cream soup recipe that I will be sharing very soon!
I also had a bit of Tuesday Morning Chef going on in my house and made 2 meals for the week that used a lot of peppers and onions for practicing.
Today’s Eats . . .
Overnight oats in a jar with banana, chia seeds, almond butter and a few butterscotch chips & caffeinated coffee.
Spinach & Feta chicken sausage with lightly sautéed onions and peppers on a whole wheat roll
Mexican Scramble – black beans, perfect brown rice, peppers, onions, grass-fed beef, cilantro and 1/2 an avocado on top. I have the “recipe” for this if anyone wants me to post it. Let me know in the comments!
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Ok, not much time left before school! I either got this or I don’t. The worst that could happen is that I get a 0% which most likely wont get me kicked out of the program . . . I need confidence here! Wish us some Irish Luck!!