Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Make PIZZA!!! And so we did....yummy. Homemade pizza from scratch based on a dough recipe by Wolfgang Puck. Toppings via me-- tomato sauce, cheese (of course!), basil and pepperoni. We also made cupcakes infused with vanilla Ceylon tea and will dip them in ganache tomorrow. Anything dipped in ganache gets my full attention! We started the batter for a pound cake which we will be infusing with green tea (that smelled like spinach....not so nice) but will cut it with honey and other goodies to see if we can doctor it up. There will be a tea seminar at the school tonight and so they asked that we provide them with a few goodies to go along with the teas they will be demo'ing. Dell was at the school yesterday having some sort of cooking class and I had to laugh as I cut through the hot kitchen to see them all chopping/cooking away looking so important and yet so un-chef-like. HA! Today...a test over the last few chapters we covered and then back into the kitchen. Things are really starting to move at a fast pace so I am drinking extra coffee and praying to the energy gods .....tee hee. Bake on!
Friday, November 13, 2009
First of all....I must send a shout out to my wonderful husband. He really stepped up for me this week and helped make things go as smoothly as possible-- even though I feel my life is getting more chaotic by the minute. He packed my lunches, made dinner, gassed up my car among many other things. THANK YOU!!! This week in class, we were still mostly in the classroom tackling textbooks to learn measurement conversions (that pesky metric system is returning from childhood days!), ingredient rules, and nutrition basics. We did get into the lab though and made shortbread cookies, fondant for the wedding cake competition this week, pecan brittle, and a few other basic recipes. I need to start thinking about where I will be doing my required 120 hours of externship. Today I will be going by a local bake shop to see if I can do some of my hours there. Otherwise, we were given a 6 page list of places to consider. I really want to work in a high end type of bakery with breads and fine French pastries so I will have to put my thinking cap on and dig around for some options. An exciting, exhausting and fantastic week all rolled in one. Tomorrow, there is a wedding cake competition at one of the other culinary schools in town so I am going to try to stop by and check it out. Hopefully will have pictures to post!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Driving in on my first day yesterday, I kept thinking “I am actually doing it!!!” It’s day two and though I am tired from trying to manage my new schedule of school, transcription work, homework and not really sleeping, I am full of energy and excitement from the new challenges ahead. Class will be pretty dry these first few days with mostly books/classroom to prepare for a food safety certification test. But, the chefs are full of stories and that breaks up the monotony. They said we might get into the kitchen a bit today as well…and get our kits which are full of the tools we need to create pastry masterpieces. It’s like Christmas in November!!!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Culinary Academy of Austin. I am finally pursuing a career path that involves something I am passionate about — food!! I will still be working full time doing my medical transcription while attending class 24 hours a week and have to complete 120 hours of an externship (makes me tired just reading that last line!). Looks like there are 11 of us in the class and …I may be the oldest?! It’s a good mix though with some just out of school, several career changers like myself and even a gal all the way from Ireland. I am super excited, a bit overwhelmed, and totally ready to get started! I want to send a huge thank you to all of you who supported this endeavor of mine and I couldn’t have taken this big jump without your encouragement. Stay tuned for what will surely include a lot of laughs, some tears and lots of yummy creations along the way… bon appetit!