Honestly, and this is going to sound harsh, but my biggest accomplishment today was making a mess. In addition to the mess, my group also made some Thai-Style Pork Tenderloins (delicious!) and some oh so buttery Potatoes Anna. We also practiced making omelets and flipping eggs, and both my friend Kerri and I succeeded at making a huge mess with eggs in the burners and all kinds of yuck. Note to self: next time don't flip eggs directly over the burner. The floor is easier to clean.
Now don't get me wrong, the pork and the potatoes turned out great and I was happy to be involved in making them. I have cooked pork tenderloins before and I have baked all kinds of potatoes and meat dishes. This cooking technique (along with the other two we are covering in this class: sauteing and shallow-frying) and pretty much the easiest I can imagine. I'm not really enjoying this class that much (especially after the amazing time we all had in our nutrition class, where we had creative freedom, didn't put butter in everything, and felt really proud of every--or almost every--dish we put out). I'm just looking forward to the end of this class (7 more class days to go!) and the start of Principles of Beverage Service where we get to learn all about wines, beers, cocktails, and coffee drinks! We even get to taste cheese pairings with different wines and learn all the nuances and all that good stuff. Gosh, I really can't wait. I will just count down until then :)
Gruyere and Ham Omelet (Gruyere is easily one of my top 5 favorite cheeses!)
A little overcooked (ie browned) but I didn't want it runny! I only like my yolks runny :)
Attempting an egg flip... crashing and burning, haha
Kerri's mess (left-hand burner) is bigger than mine (right-hand burner) :-P
Who needs a mandoline when you have a badass chef's knife and mad skills?
Drowning in butter, haha
Baked and buttery
Marinading in a salt bath (ie LOTS of soy sauce)
Seared and lightly basted in SALTY sauce (fortunately the salt didn't seep in that bad, and it in fact tasted really good in the end!)
Carving up some pork tenderloins!