Ok, so I’m a day late. But I did start writing this post when it was still 4-20. A few years ago, this date held no significance for me. Then I went into a graduate program where a LOT of people knew of it and observed it. And they observed it in the usual way, with lots of herb-infused refreshments.
I didn’t think much of it today, until I went to class. My instructor reminded us of the holiday and why it’s important. She is clearly for the legalization of marijuana. I don’t think it’s such a bad idea either, since I think there are many more things that are legal that are much worse for all of us. She was also clearly eager to get out early since she began to survey the class at one point to see when everyone thought we’d be finished.
Now, today was deep frying day so there was a lot to prepare and a lot of oil to heat up and wait for recovering, among other tasks. Of course, our school did not have fryers, so we had to fill up soup pots with lots of oil and use a thermometer. We also ended up dividing a lot of the work. Some of the people in my team and I worked on the cod fish for the fish & chips and the oysters for the fried oysters. We worked on breaking down chicken for southern fried chicken as a team. And whoever wasn’t working on proteins was working on the accompanying sauces. This resulted in a very efficient and streamlined team work in the kitchen. Unfortunately it also resulted in some people working specifically on one or two tasks instead of doing a little bit of everything. I know it’s more realistic to have different people working on different tasks, but for educational purposes, it would be nice if we all did a bit of everything, if only to learn.
We finished about an hour and a half earlier. I’m sure part of my instructors’ motivation was to observe the holiday. And that’s OK. I just hope it doesnt’ become a regular thing because I need all the practice I can get in every aspect of kitchen work.
And what did I do with my extra time this evening? I make red velvet cupcakes! 🙂 I used this recipe and it was a nice way to end a frying marathon. Many thanks to PinchMySalt for this delicious and easy recipe!