Monday, April 15, 2013
My son recently contacted me to let me know he was going to visit. Oh and by the way, would I teach him everything I knew about cooking in the week he'd be here?
I spent about 35 years in the food industry, graduated from culinary school and an apprenticeship with a major hotel after several years. Sure, I can compress all that into one week.
I created a pretty intense program for him based on what might be most applicable in his life, and touching on a few "impress the date" ideas. We hit the grocery and spent time selecting produce and ingredients for the next couple of days.
Last night was Spinach and Bacon Quiche with Caramelized onions, where he learned basic knife skills, importance of preheating the oven, how to caramelize and to squeeze all the water out of the spinach, as well as what cheeses he could have used and flavor combinations. He also made a salad with homemade classic vinaigrette, learning ratios, quality of ingredients and tasting before serving. It's funny how you can learn so much from just a couple of simple dishes.
To get him thinking, I created a list of basics he should know:
He's trying to lose weight, so I'm trying to keep everything as healthy as possible. Any thoughts?