Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Caramelized Beet & Grapefruit Salad

FYI, the salad in the post below this I have discovered is even better with kale instead of spinach!

More to the point, the following recipe was inspired by a challenge from my land-lady to make a better beet salad than she had at a restaurant recently, a disappointing beet salad at an upscale restaurant I went to recently, the presence of a beet and grapefruit in my refrigerator drawer that needed to go, and the principles of salad making I learned from my chef instructor at school. I must say this salad met and exceeded my expectations!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A Day in the Life of a Culinary Student

Today is day 2 of week 2 of culinary school. I have never been so tired in my whole life, but I've also never had so much fun! It makes me so happy to be cooking good food every day. I'm enjoying learning new things every day, but also delighted to discover how much I really do know already, and that not all of it is bad habits that I'll have to break. I absolutely love my instructor. He's a good teacher, very articulate (not just a good cook, but an intelligent one!), and he pushes us hard, but he's also got a sense of humor and does everything he can to make learning easier for us. I enjoy most of my classmates. Haha. I chose the school I'm at because compared to other schools, it's a short program, inexpensive, comprehensive, and every time I visited it just seemed like a friendly, family-like atmosphere. I'm more convinced than ever that I chose the right school for me, and I'm so looking forward to what the next 8 months will bring!

My mom asked me to write a journal piece describing a typical day at school, so she could get an idea of where I'm at right now. If you're interested in mundanity, read on. If not, skip to the bottom where I will throw in a bonus recipe that I learned yesterday.

Chef Wolf gives us a grilling demo...