It's time for some fall cleaning.
In Levels 1 through 3, I brought index cards to every class per chef instructions. Each card featured a recipe—ingredients and method—to aid students in making dishes. Those "cheat sheets" are no longer part of our repertoire.
I found half a stack of the index cards at home today (the other half is in my knife kit at school). After debating about whether or not to keep them, I tossed them in the recycle bin. After all, I have the same recipes in my textbooks. Why keep a second set?
The stack of cards reminded me of how much I covered in three short months. I'd like to add up all the dishes sometime.
Family meal Thursday comprised homemade lasagna—even the noodles were from scratch. I spent a good hour making sheets of pasta with the hand-crank machine. Chefs and students alike thought our mission was ambitious, but we did it. And the lasagna was damngood, too.
Today, we made orange chicken, pepper beef and duck fat-fried rice. I was skeptical about re-creating dishes that I believe are best left to inexpensive takeout joints, but we pulled it off.
Two more days are left in family meal. Let's see if we can produce some more winners.