We made hollandaise and beurre blanc and their small sauces. Chef Edna Lynn is back and now I know that one of the reasons it got easier is that she wasn’t doing the demonstrations for the last few days. She tends to get ahead of herself and then contradicts what she originally said to do… and when you’re trying to take notes on nine different recipes… you start to get confused. And that confusion became very apparent during the production part of the class. And based on what I heard after class was over – Jazz and I weren’t the only ones who had a lot of problems with the instructions. Hopefully this improves soon.
The first two things we had to have ready was clarified butter and the beurre blanc sauce. Since I’ve already learned to make beurre blanc, I let Jazz do it. It came out too thin and I don’t know why since I wasn’t watching. Our clarified butter wasn’t clarifying and we were running behind because of it. After class, someone explained how to do it next time, but that didn’t do us much good during class. Chef Edna couldn’t understand why a lot of us didn’t have it ready and why we didn’t have the heat up high enough… umm, maybe because you not only told us to heat it over a low flame, but you also emphasized “low” a few more times?
I screwed up the hollandaise and the egg yolks scrambled. Rushed to do it a second time and it was too thick. Thinned it out a bit to make the Maltaise Sauce and got a better grade on that one. I let Jazz do the sabonyone for the Bearnaise and we got it too thick again, and this time we didn’t add enough butter. I thinned it out again for the Sauce Foyot, but because we were on the edge of the time limit – I just dumped whatever I could find in it to get it out. Not a great grade, but not a failing one either. Since this week, Chef Edna is grading our side of the kitchen, it’s going to be tougher… and we have to add a shitload of salt to anything we serve to her.
Personally, I thought today was the worst day, second only to Wednesday with Bechamel, but Jazz said it was even worse than that. I’m beginning to agree with him. Yes, today royally sucked.