This week we had to whip up some simple canapés.
Rare roast beef on sourdough crisp with roast sweet potato, mustard mayo and crisp sweetpot chip.
Smoked salmon and herbed egg roulade w dill cream and pickled cucumber. Yum yum!
“you are preparing to serve a meal to 6 close friends, it is the last meals ever what do you serve?”
My mind and taste buds went mad thinking about the tastes and flavours I would want to appreciate for these final moments. Below is the menu I came up with. Please comment or reply with you own menu.
Pre Dinner – Toasted turkish with avocado and seasalt
Appertiser – Confit Duck and crisp noodle salad with sweet chilli sauce.
Entree – Smoked freshwater trout and salmon roulade, poppy seed crisps and basil oil.
Refresher – Zesty lime sorbet
Main Course – Roasted Rib on the bone with garlic mash, whole corn, sweet potato and snow peas. pan jus deglazed with grange(why not) and reduced to a glaze accompanied by Beetroot relish.
Dessert – Belgian Chocolate silk cake served room temperature with vanilla bean Ice cream and blueberry syrup.
Petit four – Miniture french vanilla slice & hazelnut truffles
Noble one shots
fresh ground Coffee & vanilla latte’.
Sunny Day in Toowoomba Queensland Australia. a Field of Sunflowers following the sun.
“Simply Perfect yet with imperfections”
Ok what special lunch did we have today.
Roasted vegetable parcels.
In a tray place some oil, whole garlic, chopped onion, herbs( rosemary, basil), sweet potato pieces and some pumpkin pieces. Roast on 200 for about 40 minutes stirring to ensure even colouring and now burning.
Rough dice carrot, sweet potato and pumpkin. Splash some oil in a tray and roast carrot for 10 minutes, add pumpkin and sweet potato and roast until just soft, not mushy.
Cool both trays, when cool mash the roast garlic and onion tray just enough to ensure the garlic cloves have broken up. The small amount of pumpkin and sweet potato will make a binding mix. Stir through the cooled veg dice and add some baby spinach.
Now wrap in puff pastry like a sausage roll but flatten the ends so it looks a bit like a bonbon, brush with egg wash, cut three slits in the top then bake and eat with some tomato relish.
Defiantly worth the work. The sweetness of roasted garlic, carrots and pumpkin with the fresh herb flavour and crisp pastry, wow!!!!! Tastes great.
While baking some muffins today I realised how much I love blueberries when they cook whole in muffins. The way they explode like little volcanoes and make the kitchen smell sooooooo good. Mmmmm, why don’t muffin trays come as a bakers dozen, maybe no one will notice.
The very first job I had. Yes Montecarlo biscuits from scratch. Mmmmm still one of my favs. Sweet shortcrust biscuits( almost shortbread but not quite) sandwiched with apple raspberry jam and butter cream swirl. Serve chilled has always been my preference. The remainder of the first day and many from then are a blur now, but the skills knowledge and techniques remain clear. For me the best of my apprenticeship looking back would have to be the fantastic people and memories that shaped who I am today. The incredible food, produce, recipes, services etc I believe helped create my true passion for all things food.
Next entry I’ll try to recall some of the excellent meals I helped prepare and serve.
Arriving for day one was more nerve racking than the interview. I was dropped of at the guard house and escorted to the kitchen.
Chef was waiting to greet me and showed me around the kitchen and introduced some staff. I will not use names but descriptive words to refer to the staff.
Kitchen assistant, old bitty. She was part of the antique manifest for the building and baked biscuits, cakes, Sunday roast and generally moped around waiting for retirement.
Kitchen hand, hairy ears. Minced around cleaning, tidying, washing and sniffing for new meet(not meat). He lived very close but was often late and under the weather.
The comptroller, sarg. As an ex-military man he liked to feet he controlled a tight ship, it was very tight but generous at the same time. Wonder if he every found out who photocopied their ass on the office machine?(roflmao)
The head footman, johnny from karate kid. Tall tanned blonde single and openly available to anything.
The head cleaning lady, oh! Really. She tried eyebrow waxing as a girl and it never grew back(maybe you don’t wax the whole thing) so with no eyebrows what is a woman to do? Of course draw them on, just a bit to high and curved, like someone saying ‘oh! Really’
The Sargent at arms, gas guts. Did you know drinking bicarbonate soda and water helps relieve gas. A very official position for an elderly decorated Sargent.
More staff to meet. Stay tuned, or not!