It’s been a fun and crazy month! I kept intending to post after each assessment and just didn’t take the time to do so. So here I am now with several to post! So, here is your warning: This is a long post and there are a ton of pictures!
Let’s see, first up would’ve been the Club Sandwich and the Reuben Sandwich:
Center Cut bacon is remarkable! I can’t believe that I’ve been missing out on it all this time! That and a Club Sandwich is SO much better with actual freshly cooked chicken breast as opposed to deli meat! On that note, I’m excited to say that I am much more confident in pan-frying a chicken breast now… I was always so afraid I’d leave it undercooked that I overcooked it and dried it out. Now, it comes out nice and moist and tender!
After this, the Baking and Pastry Arts class started up and I feel like I’ve been in the kitchen ever since! It’s been a blast though…
My first assessment was Buttercream Icing and Ganache… I decided to make a layer cake to showcase those items:
I cheated a bit with the cake itself. I used a mix. I know! But… I tweaked it like crazy! It’s a French Vanilla mix to which I added French Vanilla pudding mix, an extra egg and I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It was wonderfully rich and moist. The filling layer is a combination of the Ganache and the Buttercream. Neither my best friend/roommate/primary taste-tester or I are really fans of Dark Chocolate (again, I know! But it’s true…) so the straight Ganache was a little much for us. Mixing it with the sweet Buttercream really worked well though.
Next up, back on the Culinary side of things, was the Sauteed Vegetables. Most of the veggies had to be cut into batonnets (1/4 x 1/4 x 2). They are seasoned with garlic, basil and lime… Nice and fresh tasting! I was fun working on my knife skills. Did you know you can remove the membrane from bell peppers are they will be sweeter? The membrane is a thin layer inside the pepper that has a bitter taste.
There are a couple more assessments that I have done on the Baking and Pastry side, as well as a contest through the school that I entered; but I have another entry I’m going to make this weekend, so I’ll post all those in one… hopefully soon!
Thanks for taking the time to look at all those! I’d love to hear from you…