(First of all-this proves how tired I am...I called you "folks". I've never called anyone "Folks" before.)
I'm too tired to come up with a good post today. I hope you forgive me. This week was the first week of my (kind of) senior mod in culinary school. I say "kind of" because there's actually 5 mods so we're like, in senior purgatory or something. In any case, this mod is looking like it will quickly be one of my favorites:
Monday: French Regional Cuisine
Thursday: Restaurant Management and Garde Manger
Last night kicked my ass. Since we have 2 classes, we were in the classroom lecturing for 2 hours. Then, when we finally got into the kitchen, chef did a demo on how to cut different fruits and veggies to make them look fancy for platters and centerpieces.
For those of you who are not familiar with what Garde Manger is, it's basically the "cold" kitchen...salads, cold sauces, platters...ice sculptures and the like too. So he was teaching us some pretty cool techniques.
9:30pm came around, and we still hadn't started! (School ends at 11pm) We had to make 2 platter (large!) and centerpieces. It was a little frustrating, but we all had fun. Being that there are only 4 of us now, it's a little easier b/c we all work super well together and are all serious about doing the best we can.
I learned how to make a lotus flower out of a cantaloupe. It's so beautiful and simple too. Also, a spiral cut on a pineapple, as well as a fancy smancy topper with the pineapple top.
We also made our own mayo, which I think is gross. But it did taste fresh in the dressings we made. He made us whip them by hand! I have to tell you, I feel like Popeye today!
We didn't get out of school until 11:20pm. I got home at 11:45pm. And so you see, I am very sleepy.
So, please forgive me for this rambling post. I will, however, give you a recipe. I don't have my book, so I'm just remembering it off the top of my head, but oh my GOODNESS it is yummy!
1 1/4 C. Fresh or store bought Mayo (If you want a recipe for mayo, email me)
1/4 C. Buttermilk
1/2 T. Lemon Juice
1/2 T. Worcestershire Sauce
Tobasco (hot sauce), as you like it
1 t. Garlic, finely minced (I added more-actually, a lot more-2-3 cloves!)
1 t. Onion, finely minced
Salt To Taste (TT)
White Pepper TT
5 ounces Blue Cheese or Gorgonzola, crumbled
1. Combine all ingredients except for cheese until well mixed.
2. Fold in cheese. Taste and test seasoning.
3. Refridgerate until needed.
It's not like the overly heavy, gloopy (but still yummy) store bought dressing you're used to. The Worcestershire sauce really gives it a nice flavor, as does the garlic and onion. Give it a try!
Have a wonderful Friday everyone...