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Welcome to "Blogging from the Boot", Where you can read all about my adventures spent in Italy. I will be attending the International Culinary Institute for Foreigners in beautiful Costigliole d'Asti. Along the way I will be cooking, eating, learning, and all around submerging myself in the rich and delicious culture of Italy. Mangia Mangia!

International Culinary Institute for Foreigners in Costigliole d'Asti

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Pastry or not....

Hi everyone!
Well, today was great...we has Italian classes in the morning, then went straight into preparation for lunch service. It was the first "exciting" day that we had at school. At Johnson and Whales we prepped lunch service everyday...then upwards to 75 people would stand in line at the steam tables and select what they wanted. Here is totally different, we have a la carte service everyday, (although the school cook, Yuki, almost always prepares it) and the students who are on dining room duty serve the other students and staff, about 50 people in all.

So, I was in charge of the creme brulee and creme anglaise ice cream. I feel as if I got pegged into doing pastry because I have the most experience, so naturally I was a little peeved...but at least I know how to make those things. Although, It would have been nice to learn a new technique or make something I have never made before but all in all it was a great day. I made 50 (well maybe 40) perfect creme brulees and my partner, Ido made a delicious ice cream to go with it, I garnished this all with some sliced kiwi (I would have liked to make a sugar cage to perch on top of each one, but I asked and was told I wouldn't have time, even though I was standing around doing dishes for 45 minutes) but even so, It was a great dish that I was happy to serve to my fellow students and teachers. I liked being in the heat of the moment of an a la carte setting....it has been awhile since I have done that! Arriverderci Tutti!

1 comment:

  1. No one wants your stupid sugar cage :)
    Sounds delish! I picture Uchi there helping you with a little tiny chef hat on.