Friday, May 21, 2010

Under Pressure

For the first time in awhile, I went to BU today. There was another Cooking With Cultures class going on and today the focus was Argentina. In preparation for the class, we have to get together ingredients that the chef will use for the demo and then we have to multiply the recipe and make the dishes to serve to the hungry children once they watch the demo. You see some ingredients to make the dough for the empanadas set up for the demo in the picture. There are usually 50 or so people at the class. The dishes planned for the meal were empanadas with a kind of sauce and some cookies with creme de leche for dessert. The dough used for the empanadas was made from scratch in the demo, but since it would be a lot to make 100 doughs (everybody got 2 empanadas) we just used some from a package.

We were very time pressured during the preparation for this meal. First, Kevin left his keys at home, so he couldn't get into his office. He had to go home and get those. Then the cookie dough was way too dry, and we spent awhile trying to make it more moist so that we could work with it. It also took some time preparing the empanadas since we had to make 100 of those. We also had to cook everything around the same time in one oven. I'm not quite sure why, but they said the other oven smelled like goat (they had to cook a whole goat the other week for some other class). At one point, and only for a moment, Kevin and Robyn (another chef who was there to help prepare) were afraid that we would not finish on time.

Fortunately, we managed to finish everything on time and everything turned out well.

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