Friday, April 9, 2010
The other day, I said I'd be coming back to blackberries and greens, but the rain was pouring down buckets when Jeff, the gardener came in, and we decided Saturday would be better for picking greens. Then, I had a long meeting with my two bosses, and instead of cooking berries, I cooked numbers.
Could it have been the language barrier? Did I miss it when the chefs told us how much time we'd spend in front of a computer? When you think of chefs, do YOU picture us at a desk, crunching numbers? How about a bunch of us sitting around in our chef's coats, looking ready to cook, instead trapped in a long, boring meeting? Well, that's part of the job, too. Fortunately, while some of us are in meetings, or slaving over a hot laptop, some of us are busy making treats.
After the meeting, I went to get a cup of cocoa--it might be spring but it was cold in my kitchen!--and Krissy showed me ham and cheese croissants she was proofing to bake for lunch. Katrina had just pulled a polka dotted cheesecake out of the oven, and Krissy had some lovely bread finishing.
I was able to blaze through the price restructuring, thanks to the cocoa and croissant, and was on to the 170 pounds of granola the gift shop ordered. That's 4 batches of the stuff, but I could only get 3 batches done yesterday, by making two 1 1/2 times batches. Trust me, it's a lot of granola. And by the end of the day, I simply hate the smell. Today, I will bag and jar it up and send it off. People from all over the country will be eating my granola, which is kind of cool.