I HATE SCHOOL! Well, maybe not school, but I do hate my new partner. Ugh, so hate is too strong a word… how about “annoyed.” That’ll work – I’m ANNOYED with my new partner at school. Since I have some rude things to say about him (and remember, this is only my opinion), I need to come up with a name for him. So far, “Pothead” is the best thing I can come up with although there is no evidence that he’s ever used pot. But he looks like someone who does, and he’s not all up there in the cranium most of the time… it’s almost like he’s not attending the same class as I am, but is somehow there anyway. Here’s an example: Chef EL told us that you never put baking soda in with green veggies because although it makes them bright green, it also makes them mushy (breaks the fibers down). This is not new information because we learned it in the previous class and even had it on the final exam. So she mentions it again and tells us a story about how she had to teach one of her bosses not to do it, and five minutes later, Pothead is asking if we’re supposed to add baking soda to the green beans. This was not an isolated incident.
When we started working on the soups, I discovered that our notes didn’t match on the amounts for the ingredients. He had some weird numbers that were never mentioned in the demonstrations, and I’m not sure how he come up with them. And his interpretation of some of the measurements were also interesting…using a pound of onions was equivalent to 1/2 an onion (no, you need approximately 1 and 1/2 onions for a pound), and a whole head of garlic somehow translated down to one head minus three cloves. What?
My other issues have to do with his inability to do more than one thing at a time, which slowed us down; his wanting to take his time doing everything because he didn’t like to be rushed (he actually said this), which REALLY slowed us down. So we made French Onion Soup Gratinee, Minestrone, and Roasted Garlic Soup with Black Olive Crostini… three crappy soups on a thoroughly crappy day. At least tomorrow is a full demo day and we won’t have to work together again until Thursday.