Spanish-Style Braised Cod and Spanish Rice
Although I'm enjoying the cooking and learning, and service is pretty exciting, I am absolutely not a fan of the cleaning. It's pretty insane, we have to clean the ovens and stoves every single day, hose down the floors with soapy water, rinse and squeegee, scour pots and pans, etc. It's really intensive and takes a long time. By the time class finishes, I want to just collapse. Sometimes I have another class afterward, and this exhaustion makes it quite difficult to make it to the gym on days when I completely plan on going. This isn't a joke. Although I know how to cook, these classes are very tiring. I had to get up at 5:30am yesterday and was on my feet most of the time until about 1:30pm when we finally got out of class. And as you may recall from my previous post, standing on your feet that long is bad enough, but when you're wearing shoes that give you blisters, it's Hell. In any case, I always knew I didn't want to be a chef in a restaurant. There are other things I'd love to do with my experience, but at least I'm learning very surely now what it can be like to work in a professional kitchen, and this of course is on a really small scale. I can only imagine how tough it can be out in the wild :-/ Stay tuned to see if I make it out alive!