mandag 27. september 2010

Waiter competition - oh boy...

Today's assignments in our class were to have a "showbord" or what they call a waiter-competition. It consists of decorating a table for 6 or 8 guests. We have a three course menu, and the theme is autumn. Everything down to the simplest detail has to be correct, even though i am not impressed with the amount of work my fellow students did in my group.

I had the responsibility of adding the cutlery, sheets, and the wineglasses. The others did a great job with the menu, but could been better with the decorations.
We did win thanks to our group-work, first place and the reward was dark chocolate and candy.

Our group had all the cutlery in place but was lacking decorations.
The 2nd group had a lot of great decorations and almost won.
The 3rd group had some errors, like choosing a fork for a soup meal and putting the butter knife the wrong way.

Got some pictures aswell.


So i was at the competition, and we had a lot of things to do. Half of my class were assigned to help the apprentices that were competing for the title.

It took them about 6 hours to complete the 6 different  meals, and the judges were impressed. Only one out of the six contestants won. Congratulations to him.

tirsdag 21. september 2010

Cook Competition

I am going to a competition today, gonna help out with various tasks, can't wait!

The Consummé - Damn it's clear!

First off, i am sorry that i have not been posting as often as i should.


So, i was at school today and learned how to make this clear soup named Consummé. It was actually really easy and i am going to tell you how i did it.

The first thing i did was checking how many we were serving, we were serving around 17 classmates, so it ended up with around 3 liters, heres the recipe.

around 500-600g minced meat.
1 onions
1 celery stick
1 leek
3 carrots
3 liter of broth
"200-300dl potato wine and salt"
eggwhites from 3-4 eggs

This is how we start:

  1. Find a 10 liter or around 5-10 liter sized saucepan. 
  2. Everything in the recipe should be cold.
  3. add 3 liters of broth
  4. Cut vegetables - onions, celery, leek, carrots.
  5. add the minced meat then use your clean hands to make it dissolve while adding cutted vegetables. Then add the eggwhite.
  6. When you have no lumbs left from the minced meat, you can put the saucepan on the oven and let it cook towards the boiling point.
  7. Do not stir the soup, it should slowly cook until everything rises to the top.
  8. You should slowly with a wooden ladle hit the bottom of the pan, and slowly pull whatever might be on the bottom towards you.
  9. Let it cook for about 1 hour ( 70oC )
  10. When it's done cooking, take the pan off the oven, and lookup a cloth and a sieve. Find another saucepan and have the content of the first pan go through the cloth and the sieve into the new saucepan.
  11. Put the new saucepan onto the oven and taste, if it has no taste you should add salt and taste. Add some potato wine, stir a bit, taste again. 
  12. You should now have a really good consummé which they sell at any restaurant for about 20$.

Atleast thats what my teacher told me it tasted.
Hope it tastes!


torsdag 2. september 2010

Vitamin Pill - Pills!

Vitamin pills have been a really hot topic.

When people need Vitamin D, they usually buy the pills because they won't have to endure the taste of fishliver oil, all cooks would agree with me when i say that taking pills is not very trustworthy. Unless the pill you have has been through the doctor's office, you can't guarantee that the pills you have bought is the real deal.

Pill fraud is becoming very popular these days, and the scammers are getting richer and richer. The main deal with pill fraud is to make a pill but don't have the right stuff in 'em and then sell it. The very pill you have bought might be filled with sugar-water, or even flour water. This makes it a threat towards people with diabetes or gluten. If you have diabetes and take a pill, be sure to check your bloodsugar level often to be sure that the pill you took is safe.

Just to make it safe for you people, i recommend to get the real deal instead of going the cheap way. It might be like comparing burger king to a normal dinner. You eat what you get, but then afterwards, was it worth it?

onsdag 1. september 2010

Vita Vita Vitamins - Life amine!

I will make a rough text about the vitamins we have and a brief explanation about them.

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K
By making a list, we can seperate the Fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins like this.

  • Vitamin B
    Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K
Their roles:
  • Vitamin A's purpose is to:
    Give us better sight.
    Normal growth and bone formation.
    Smooth skin and mucous membranes.
    Hormone formation.
    Resistance to infections and cancer.
  • Vitamin B is important where food turns into energy, vitamin b also got b1 - b9 and b12 as subclasses. but i won't go so much into detail about them as i only have heard about b9 - b12. Good sources of vitamin B are animal products such as fish, eggs, cheese, kidneys, liver, milk and beef, and yeast, coarse cereals, nuts, fruits and vegetables.
  • Vitamin C is important in the construction and maintenance of the body's connective tissue. The vitamin is also needed to regulate the body's absorption of iron. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, which together with vitamin E helps to neutralize attacks against the body that can damage cells, proteins and genetic material. You can find Vitamin C most recommended in Potatoes, paprika and oranges.
  • Vitamin D The main task of vitamin D is to ensure that sufficient calcium is taken up in the intestine, and that you always have enough calcium and phosphate in the blood. This is important because it is these two minerals that make your bones strong and hard. (yes i did use google translate here).
    You can get hold of Vitamin D by simply eating fat fish or Fish liver oil or if you are lucky enough to live where the sun always shine, you are able to produce this vitamin yourself by simply letting your skin touch sunlight.
  • Vitamin E is an antioxidant, which probably acts by stabilizing cell unsaturated lipids against oxidation and to maintain certain Fe-Se-groups decreased. You can find vitamin E in eggs, margarine, butter, and fish.
  • Vitamin K, the letter K stands for the coagulation (blood drying). Vitamin K is involved in coagulation of blood and K2 involves in uptake of Vitamin D
    You can find good resources of vitamin K from g
    reen plants such as lettuce, broccoli and spinach contain a lot of vitamin K. Other sources are dairy products, cereals, meat, fruit and chocolate. Vitamin K2 in fermented cheese and natto, a Japanese right made of fermented soy beans.
Well, that is about what i have got about vitamins in food.
I hope you find this helpfull.


The Soup!

Hi again!

Today i will talk about soup.
We have two different kinds of soup.

  • Leveled Soup - Creamed, Veloté and Purre "Dunning" not sure what this is in english.
  • Clear Soup - Broth, Consumé.
The difference between Creamed, Veloté and Purre "Dunning". is:
  1. Cream: is smoothed with cream
  2. Veloté: you can have cream or plum.
  3. Purre: vegetables evens itself.'
To make a soup, you need water, broth, vegetables, add cream and salt at the very end, or the soup won't taste as good.. This is a easy vegetable soup, you need to chop every vegetable to a very very small size so that you don't need to chew too much.

Remember as i wrote in the last article.
Broth is the basis of a good soup, so feel free to use my list to help yourself. It is accurate, i got a very nice grade on my tests so believe me :)