Week two saw my classmates and me delirious and forgetful. We've been cooking so much we can barely remember what we're cooking. We made vegetarian onion soup (made with vegetable stock, in place of chicken stock) on Monday, and when we completed it on Wednesday no one could remember when we'd made it - thank goodness we label everything.
On Tuesday Galen Garretson who owns TownCutler came to class for a knife sharpening demo. We learned about wet stones and how to properly sharpen our knives so we can take better care of them. A sharp knife is a good knife! I ended up buying a stone so I can sharpen all my knives at home and take care of my knife kit for school.
My class also got an awesome surprise on Thursday. There's a friendly little competition going on with our class, the part-time culinary class, and the pastry class. The instructors are calling it the Curiosity Crawl. It's a list of restaurants in the Bay Area with specific dishes to try, as well as a list of places to visit, and a little recipe scavenger hunt. So if you see pictures on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram tagged #CuriosityCrawl you'll know I'm taking names and kicking ass! Check out the list:
|Zuni Cafe||Bloody Mary|
|Saigon Sandwich||Bahn Mi|
|Roli Roti||Porchetta Sandwich|
|Spices II||Fried Fish in Chile Pepper|
|Old Mandarin Islamic||Onion Pancake|
|Marlowe||Brussel sprout chips|
|La Ciccia||Octopus Stew|
|b. patisserie||Kougin Amann|
|Craftsman & Wolves||Rebel Within|
|Z & Y||Chicken w/ Explosive Chili Pepper|
|Golden Boy||Pizza slice|
|Swan Oyster Depot||Oysters|
|Shanghai Dumpling King||Lion's Head|
|Acme at the Ferry Building||Baguette|
|Four Barrel Coffee||Laminated pastry|
|20th Century Cafe||Honey Cake|
|Bake Sale Betty's||Fried Chicken Sandwich|
We finished up the week with a plated and coursed meal. Everyone in the class made braised artichokes, sautéd chicken with a velouté sauce served with glazed carrots and chateau potatoes, and we ended with a blood orange, date, and pistachios in an orange flower, and honey syrup. My team was also tasked with putting together a veal stock. It was a hectic but fun end to the week.
I've cut so many carrots, and my hands are so dry from constantly washing them that the carrot juice has soaked into my hands. I constantly look like my hands are filthy and my nail beds are atrocious. Oh well, I wasn't going to be a hand model anyway.