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5 more weeks to go!

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

So november is almost over and that means that my first semester of culinary school is coming to an end. It has been a seemingly fast 11 weeks! I have loved pretty much every minute of it and can’t wait until next semester!

Recap of the last 11 weeks!

I started the semester off by correcting my Food Prep teacher. He decided to read us some random facts from the Internet, the first of which was “Lemons have more sugar than strawberry”. Now anyone who knows the nutrition facts of both fruits knows this cannot possibly be true.  I not being the type to sit quietly when false information is presented promptly spoke up and refuted this “fact”. I have since learned that some of my classmates still make fun of me for this incident! Haha!

My baking teacher is an interesting woman… she likes to tell us all kinds of stories, I’m pretty sure she can go on for hours on end without issue. She’s a nice enough woman but unfortunately likes to do things for her students rather than telling them how to do it and then stepping back.

I’m not the most patient person and actually have a hard time dealing with people who work slowly or who can’t follow simple instructions. That being said the hardest thing I had to deal with was working with a particular classmate who is less than speedy. Despite my instructions he managed to add a double amount of water to a batch of raisin walnut rolls we were making that night. Now this wouldn’t have been such a big deal had he been at all useful that night. But his ONLY job was to get and add the water. I spent most of that night doing dishes to keep from spazzing at him.

I have so far aced every test and every homework assigment. For me it’s so very rewarding to see that the long hours and hard work is paying off.

I’ve learned to make all kind of stocks, consommes, rouxs,  soups, sauces, some vegetables, sandwiches, salads, breads and pies. While all (or at least most) of these things sound fairly simple there is a right way to produce each item. And each topic has built on the last, it’s amazing how much I have learned just by reading and even more amazing how much I have learned by actually cooking. My Food Prep teacher is a former chef and worked in the restaurant industry for many years. His experience makes him a great teacher, he has a lot of tricks, tips and techniques to pass on to students who are willing to take the time to ask and learn.

There is definitely much more I could talk about but I will instead leave you with pictures of some of my creations. They were taken with my phone so the quality is far from superior.

Cream of Tomato Soup
Cream of Tomato Soup

Manhattan Clam Chowder
Manhattan Clam Chowder

Cherry Pie
Cherry Pie

Coconut Cream Pie
Coconut Cream Pie

Salade Nicoise
Salade Nicoise

BLT Wrap and French Potato Salad
BLT Wrap and French Potato Salad

Monte Cristo
Monte Cristo

And that’s my first 11 weeks of culinary school!
5 to go and I am on my way to semester 2!!!!!!!!

More to come! 🙂