Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tous mes excuses...

All my apologies! So, where the heck have I been??

I happen to be in charge of feeding 60 college students at the moment. I live in a co-op, and right now I have to feed people breakfast, lunch and dinner, all while keeping them happy and staying within budget. A budget that equals about $130 per person, per month. Not too bad, but not fantastic, either.

Here's how it works:
  1. I get a cool meal idea into my head.
  2. I write down said cool idea and make sure it has a meat entrée, a vegetarian entrée, a carb side and a vegetable side (plus all dinners have salads.)
  3. I go dig up recipes for said cool meal.
  4. I print out recipes and put in kitchen for cooks.
  5. I look in pantry, fridge and freezer to see what ingredients we still need.
  6. I order ingredients from various outlets and, on occasion, go to the store to pick some up myself.
Not too bad. It's the finding recipes that is the hardest part. Loads of things don't scale up well. Have you tried to cook for 60 people lately? Yeah, I didn't think so. Actually, I don't do the cooking. But I have done it before, so I know what works or not, to an extent. I have some resources for large-scale recipes, but they often aren't that cool. Try finding beef korma for 50. Or bibimbop for 60. (If you do find them, let me know, they are two of the ones I'll need to print by Sunday night!)

Luckily, once the cool recipes are found, I can scale them up with a nice program I have and then pull it out again in 3-4 weeks so people can have more of it.

I really should be taking pictures. I really should be putting my recipes, on a smaller scale, here for you. Even if I am not cooking, I can still take credit as the evil overlord, trying to trick people into eating more healthy foods.

I think I'm winning.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Daring Bakers' June Challenge - Chocolate Pavlovas

The June 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Dawn of Doable and Delicious. Dawn challenged the Daring Bakers’ to make Chocolate Pavlovas and Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse. The challenge recipe is based on a recipe from the book Chocolate Epiphany by Francois Payard.

I will add more, including the recipes, tomorrow, but I have to have this posted today! So here it is for now. (And oh, yeah, I finally had time to make sthg!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!)