Day 10

My husband’s fever was getting worse, so although I was feeling better, I had to take time off from work to set up his doctor’s appointment. It looks like a nasty flu so he now has a pretty heavy arsenal of antibiotics, decongestants, and super-potent cough syrup.

I missed the section on converting measurements on Thursday, which is bad since I suck at trying to figure out how many cups are in a quart and etc. Today was types of recipes, menus, and “dogs, stars, puzzles,” and “plow horses.” We also learned the formula for adjusting the amount of ingredients when changing the number of servings in a recipe. The formula was easy, but it went back to converting measurements and I was stuck again. Now I know what I have to practice over the weekend.

We were also supposed to practice the “sauteing” flip yesterday evening. To show that we has actually learned it–Chef had us flip a saute pan of uncooked rice. Yes, the floor was a mess by the end of it. I went up and demonstrated my ability even though I had missed the lesson and practice… but it’s something I already know how to do (thank goodness). What I found funny, was the comment by several of the women in class that the pan was very heavy. It was a normal sized and weighted pan, so that could get interesting when we actually begin to cook.

We have a 2000 word essay due at the end of this class on a food item. I had already picked out several possible subjects (basil, fenugreek, or dandelions), but Chef threw a kink into the program. He had everyone write down their chosen subject and then pass the paper on to the next student. Next, he re-assigned the subjects to different people. Now I had missed all this because of surgery, so after class today, I went up and asked what my essay topic was to be… he said “cannibalism.” I’m still not sure how far he’s going to take this joke, but I’m going to do the paper up exactly as he requested: history, the culture surrounding it, possible medicinal uses, and two recipes. I may have to create my own recipes, since I doubt any exist.. but we’ll see what’s out there over the next few weeks.

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