Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Hot line and a Red Hot Cast

So I have just one more week in the Hot Line kitchen with Chef Dale and my group. I have really enjoyed getting to know other students who weren't in my first group and I am looking forward to getting to know others as we move into our last rotation: Pastry Kitchen. On friday we will all take our practical and the quiz. Then starting Tuesday, bright and early at 7 a.m. I will be in the Pastry Kitchen, whipping up great delights and sweet nibbles.

In other news, I fractured a tiny bone in my right foot yesterday while trying to catch the 3:45 bus home. I limped onto the bus, thank goodness I actually made it, and counted the bumps in the road as pain shot through my foot. Well, it sounds dramatic but I didn't actually count the bumps. I made it to my car after several minutes of walking only 400 feet. I am in pain, true pain. I can barely put weight on my foot and I have to take my shoe off because my foot is swelling and wearing it makes it worse.

The whole purpose of running to catch the blasted bus was so that I could make it to the post office in time. Truly, I don't think the postal workers are worthy of this fracture but it is what it is. Anyway, I decide I will go to the post office because these packages have been sitting in our living room for weeks. But after the post office I deem myself spent and so I ask my dear husband to go instead. I was making dinner for our neighbors and needed some things so Jake went for me. So sweet!!

Anyway, I go to the doctor today and find out that I have a Jones Fracture and that I will be in a cast for one week. Not too bad for someone who's never had a cast before. And guess what color I chose? Red. They didn't have pink so I went with red. Hopefully I can get some pictures and post them within a few days.

And yes, I will be returning to school tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Time Flies!

I really cannot believe how fast time has flown by. In one week I will take my second practical in the Hot Line Kitchen. I have to do several different cuts on vegetables, fillet a trout, and make two dishes: one cold and one hot. Oh and I have to make a vegetable puree as well. It will be interesting. I have 30 min. for the knife skills part and then 2 hours to fillet my trout, make the puree, and make two dishes. It'll be crazy!

I have really enjoyed the hot line. There have been several moments of frustration with our chef but we have "aired our laundry" and the situations have been resolved. It truly has everything to do with communication.

Several meals have been made "a la minute" which means at the minute. This is exactly what would happen if I worked in a restaurant. When the order comes up, I make it. Basically it has to do with the main part of the dish, like a steak or fillet of fish. It can be intense and it does involve fire which is cool too. I wish I could video one of my days.

Anyway, it's Saturday night and we are headed to a friends house for a bonfire. It should be a lot of fun. Then tomorrow I think we're going to start landscaping our front yard with a neighbor who wants to do the same.