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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Culinary School - Q7 Week 3 European

Menu: Tomato Bruschetta, Roasted Garlic Aioli, Tagliatelle al Peperoncino, Melanzane Involtino, Pollo alla Toscana, Basic Polenta, Asparagi al Parmigiano-Reggiano, Tiramisu

Summary: While I don’t always agree with the recipes we are given to cook, I do follow them. This week was especially frustrating to me because we had a hard time, there was no security guard to open the door. We did not get all the ingredients we needed and still had to present our food at the same time we would have if we had started on time.
Food: I liked our bruschetta. It was really good but Chef said that he couldn’t taste the roasted garlic aioli. I followed the recipe we were given but it didn’t turn out the way Chef was expecting it to be an he suggested making it by hand next time.

Tagliatelle al Peperoncino – Chef said ours was nicely seasoned and cooked properly. I really liked the flavors. This would make a nice winter evening dinner.

Melanzane Involtino – Ours was a little salty because the sauce was salted as were the cheese and ham. Chef asked us to pay attention to the size of each ingredient. Our eggplant was a nice thickness but the cheese was sliced too thick.

Pollo alla Toscana – Our porcini sauce was broken because it reduced too much. The chicken was very nicely cooked. Chef said we are going to work on the sauce again next week because everyone’s sauce was broken. Chef said our polenta was a little too hard and needed more seasoning. After critique we added some parmesan cheese and the left over bruschetta and it was delicious.

Asparagi al Parmigiano-Reggiano – I liked this dish a lot. Chef said our asparagus was very nicely cooked. It had a nice crunch to it. Chef also said next time to pile it higher so that it would add some visual interest.

Tiramisu – Even though our dish didn’t have the time to fully set up and collapsed when we removed the ring, the flavor was yummy. Although, Chef thought the ladyfingers could have used more espresso. We used the amount we were given. This is one of the ingredients that we were shorted on our req.

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