Lazy Sundays

I spent yesterday cooking dinner for 80 people. That’s right, 80. It was a fundraiser for the Nightingale School Breakfast Program, which provides breakfast to inner city kids.

Dinners like this are tricky. Even in hotels or restaurants, you need to have good people and a workflow to make things go smoothly. When you have one day and a handful of keen volunteers with varying levels of culinary and hospitality experience, it can be tricky to pull off.

It went well. But at the end of the day, I realized that it was a 14-hour shift and that my feet and back were killing me. How in the hell did I manage to do this before? I must be getting old.

Published by: Eagranie

7 years as a chemist + 9 months of culinary school + 2 years as a pastry chef & chocolatier + a lifetime of writing = this blog. This blog won't always be about chocolate, but it will almost certainly be about food. The name of the blog is a triple play on words. 1. It's a nod to my training as a classical pianist. Among other fantastic accomplishments, J.S. Bach combined technical prowess with artistic inspiration and penned the 24 preludes & fugues that make up The Well-Tempered Clavier, Books I and II. 2. In order to behave properly, chocolate needs to be tempered. In a nutshell, tempering prompts the chocolate to assume its most stable crystalline form (beta prime, if you're interested) so that it is shiny, snappy, and as stable as it can be. 3. Depending on my mood and how we meet, you might agree that I'm well-tempered. Or not.

Categories 2009, Homemade4 Comments

4 thoughts on “Lazy Sundays”

  1. Trust me, I had a great team working with me. They were awesome.

    We made:
    -20 kg of roast beef
    -10 kg of chicken breast
    -30 kg of mashed potato
    -30 kg of roasted vegetables

    -36 fruit salads
    -48 lemon meringue tarts
    -48 fruit custard tarts
    -36 English trifles

    and a bunch of cheese plates.

    It was fun! It’s been a while since I cooked like this – for good reason – and I had a blast.

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