This blog is all about me......I come here for respite in between caring for JoJo (our Daughter who has Special Needs)......I am addicted to starting new projects......I am becoming a fabric-a-holic... I love to try out recipes... take a beach walk and breathe in that salty blue air......love to have coffee...sip a glass of champagne......read a book......I am Queen of the Armchair and am inspired by all the wonderful blogs out there!!!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Playing Head Chef...It's All Over!!!

Wow...it's all over now, playing Head Chef at the College Restaurant...and how I thoroughly enjoyed this experience...seeing it from another angle...It all ran very smoothly...lots of compliments...the menu worked well...There were even people who came in last week and enjoyed the experience so much they were booked in for our night. Plenty of attentive Front-of-House staff learning aspects of waitering...setting tables...appropriate cutlery and glasses...and of course the Apprentice Chefs. I am in a class with the Apprentices...along with other members from our last year's Commercial Cookery class...and we are not likely to go ahead and be Chefs due to the hours involved...5000...even though we are doing the same course... Amuse Bouche...smoked salmon on Melba Toast, sitting upon Banana Leaves...
Our College Kitchen...

SOLD OUT...the most popular Entree
Chilled Blue Swimmer Crab Open Ravioli...
not really a pasta but a Gow Gee Chinese Pastry

SOLD OUT...the most popular Main Meal...
Sirloin Steak served with Gratin Potato, Buttered Beans and Grilled Tomato

SOLD OUT...the most popular Dessert
Cherry Clafoutis...a rustic batter-based dessert from France...

Citrus Salad with Baby Spinach...
Tangy Lime and Orange along Mint, Basil and Baby Spinach
atop with Roasted pine nuts...one of my favourites!!!
Peperonata and Goat's Cheese Tart...

Ever popular Apple Crumble with Anglaise Sauce.
The night went really well...I would like to thank all my wonderful Blogging Friends for all your encouragement and good wishes for our very special evening!!! Three Cheers and Bubbly all round...perfect for this glorious Sunday!!!


And just to finish off...nothing to do with anything really except that the top Frangipani is one of my very favourite flowers...the scent is just awesome and summery...and a bougainvillea, another perfect summer flower...I love the 3 little white stamens within (I think they're stamens...me not being a big gardener but really appreciating flowers)...Happened on these last week...
Have a lovey Sunday my Friends...

19 comments:

Natalija said...

Everything looks so tasty :)))

Mildred said...

What lovely presentation!

Julia said...

WeLl done Dzintra...everything looks gorgeous and yummy..
Joe tells me presentation is everything as well as tasting good of course...looks like you have both here..
julia ♥

Maree said...

Well Done.!! The Food looked Exceptional and looked like it was a Hit.!!
Now for a Rest I Bet.
cheers

Notjustnat said...

Ingrid congratulation on the job welldone. You must be feeling PHEW!!! Everything looks great and well presented - Natima

Micki said...

The presentation made it, but boy did the dishes look yummy! So glad that it all over, and now you can be a woman of leisure.
Micki

Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

Congratulations Dzintra! The display looks wonderful and delicious ... the "sold out" list must feel great! If I had eaten dinner there, I'd have come away much chubbier ... for having to taste all that lovely food! xxx Vicki

Kath said...

..my mouth is watering!.........Kathx

Jo in TAS said...

Hhhmmm, now I'm feeling hungry, all looks so delicious!! well done!

Fer said...

It all looks so mouth wateringly yum-o, and reminds me how much I'm missing smoked salmon and soft cheeses.

BTW, what did you think of the Melbourne Breakfast tea?

Jeni said...

well done Dzintra...wow ..what can I say...............
yes ....you can come to morning tea.... if I can come to dinner
hugs Jeni

Simone de Klerk said...

Sooooooo nice to see what you have been making. Oh, Dzintra, you are a talented head chef. What fun it must have been to serve this!
The flowers are incredible.
Have a lovely week (O: Simone

a good yarn said...

I am so pleased that your night was a success. Take a bow! The food looks delicious and the presentation is spot on.

Congratulations!...Ann :)

vosges paris said...

THERE i AM SITTING WITH A PEANUT BUTER SANDWICH... LOKING AT ALL THIS GORGEUS FOOD ;) (oops I did not intend to shoud with mycapslock on ;P) How nice you came by, my dear Queen. Hope you are doing well ;)

Annabelle said...

Ooh I want to eat everything you served there.....pepperonata is one of my very favorites. I seriously need to make a gourmet meal after seeing this!!!

Lovely Dzintra!

Emz said...

Oh the food looks so fantastic! Where do you go to school? Do you go to cooking school?? And could you pleaseee come cook for our school dining hall and provide us with delicious looking food! haha

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

This is amazing, Dzintra! You certainly are not afraid of a challenge. Do you feel a sense of relief that it is over now? I'm taking a writing course this winter, have 3 more classes, and really can't wait for it to be through. And then I will go on vacation! Hooray! Thinking of you. Sorry I wasn't able to visit sooner but have been down with the flu. All's well now.
Much love,
Catherine

Fiona said...

Congratulations on a successful dinner. I am a big softie for anything apple so that crumble looked very delicious. The presentation of the dishes is excellent.

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

Everything looks so yummy! And congrats on it being so successful.
The flowers are so dainty... and the heavenly scent is a perfect bonus.
Enjoy your weekend D!
xo Susan

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