Happy New Year!
Seeing Jan. 1 on the calendar brings to my mind two things: 1) Graduation is a mere two-and-a-half weeks away and 2) I need to find a job.
With all the breaks recently (Christmas, an extra day due to the East Coast blizzard and New Years)—not to mention a forthcoming three-day weekend for Martin Luther King Day—my schedule is out of whack. The last five-and-a-half months of school, I've felt the right amount of momentum needed to learn; practicing techniques and dishes without much of a break helped cement the information in my brain. Now, I'm feeling a bit out of tune.
It doesn't help that I got sick in between Thanksgiving and Christmas or that I'm feeling ill again. My nose is completely clogged, so I have to ask a teammate to taste every one of my dishes for seasoning.
That's not to say I didn't practice during my time off. I spent Christmas cooking for my in-laws (Polish sausage—homemade during Thanksgiving with my mom—with sauerkraut and spaetzle); the day after Christmas cooking for friends (rosemary-and-paprika goat cheese pasta, Sicilian cauliflower, and kale salad with roasted butternut squash); and New Years Day cooking for my brother (pork ragu with gnocchi and mussels steamed in white wine and saffron and tomato butter).
The next couple weeks I intend to keep my nose to the grindstone. Hopefully, my nose will give me the chance to smell and taste again.