After today I won’t have to scoop out the muck leftover from giant pots of stock.
Or lift things that weigh almost as much as me.
I won’t be serving on the lunch line or delivering food to a hungry, testy bunch of students.
After today, I will be in the school’s restaurant, L’Ecole. But I will let the record state that I will miss family meal, Level 4. I was nervous about it in the beginning–with all the lifting and the idea of mass-volume cooking–but it awarded a great opportunity to work with a lot of people in my class, and I feel like I emerged a (physically) stronger cook and better friends with my classmates.
And as I preached to one classmate, Shikha, my theme song for Level 4 was “The Woman I am.” Why? Because we’re both little ladles in a big kitchen, and whenever we had to lift a pot of stock that weighed around 50 pounds, I would starting singing “I am WOMANNN!!!!!! Hear me ROAR”
TIP OF THE DAY: My meal today was a mushroom egg noodle dish. The sauce was delicious and easy. Saute any type of mushrooms and deglaze with soy sauce and red wine. And then add cream and reduce.