Monday, April 14, 2008

Exciting week

Wow, what a jam packed week our house is going to have. Princess is entered in a state wide cooking competition that begins tomorrow and goes thru Thursday. We have been slicing, dicing, tourning, sauting, braising, deboning, baking, saucing, and otherwise wrecking my tiny kitchen for the last week in preparation. Unfortunately, this competition is geared toward students with several years experience in high school cooking classes. Princess is only half way thru her second semester and is going to go against kids ready to head to Chef school! Some days I would give anything to turn public education in America on its damn head. Her food class hasn't even cooked a complete meal, and here she goes to not only demonstrate skill, but be required to tweak a recipe to make "comfort food" ready for a table at a fine dining establishment. Good grief!
Lucky for her I raised her with a no fear attitude to go out and try anything. Let's just hope she comes home with her dignity and 10 fingers still intact. The girl can cook, but when it comes to gourmet meals, deboning a chicken, or fancy shaped veggies, look out.
We ain't in Kansas anymore Toto, we have done arrived in the Land of Oz! If that isn't bad enough, the damn teacher made her an alternate for the food service comp and the baking one too! How much more pressure can a girl take I ask you!? She has only baked one cake in her life, and has great difficulty frosting a Christmas cookie let alone a cake. Her brother and I took a cake decorating class many years ago, but she was too young and never did care to learn. They ask her to create a butter cream rose she may just have a royal fit!
Now, to make matters even worse, I won't be there to offer moral support in the audience. For the first time in her 18 years, she is going to have to go it alone. Gotta work and support this whole mess and can't take 3 days off to sit and hold my breath for this deal. So, what does the Princess do? Plays the guilt card, the big guilt card. So, I officially suck this week. Not only did I not teach her from birth how to create gourmet cuisine, I won't even go to watch the biggest competition of her life. That's right. I suck. Just go for the jugular with the damn Chef knife already and get it over with will ya?
Off to eat the second pan of apple bread pudding with cream anglaise..............good eats!

1 comment:

capello said...

oy.

well, i hate to be all parental about this but she signed herself up, it's going to be a good test of her character.

go princess!