Monday, 9 April 2007

....And Still They Come!

Day 4 done and dusted.....we didn't find out the ticket sales figures today, but i'd be surprised if we hadn't topped 10,000 for the holiday's hoping the numbers keep that way for the rest of the week.

Today was a hard slog....what with cooking dinner and supper for today, we also had to cook most of tomorrow's dinner as well (it would take far too long to do it tomorrow); I don't know about the rest of the guys but I'm sure that I deserve a pint tonight!!
It didn't help matters that two dishes went slightly awry either. The trayne roste kept falling off the spit so we gave up on it and made a custard instead-it turns out that Ross tried to tie it to the spit without any help and consequently couldn't tie it on tight enough; then the chickens got all leary with us,so to speak!?! Although they were organic birds they suffered from the preparation techniques used nowadays and had all the firmness and intact bones of someone who had welched on a deal with a loan shark! This meant that it wouldn't go onto the we boiled it instead.

Other than that....not too bad a day. Tomorrow sees the rest of the staff of the Palace back from their holiday weekend, as well as new food deliveries for us- early start as I think the butcher is due at 8.00 a.m.

Hopefully we'll also get some more time tomorrow to take temperature readings of the food and the kitchen. From the quick readings today it looks like they could be quite interesting.

1 comment:

Helen said...

Maybe it was just that the chickens had four legs a-piece, like Stumpy the duck???? (Sorry - couldn't resist!)

Didn't make it over today, but Good Friday and Easter Sunday were brilliant.

The efforts (and the banter) of all you guys goes down so well with everyone who ventures in the kitchen, be it by accident or design and is most definitely and sincerely appreciated by us all. You bust your guts each day and turn out some amazing dishes. Many I've tried at home (the odd one unsuccessful) but they are well worth the effort.

Long may it continue. And keep posting the recipes. All you folks out there, the unusual spices (eg cubebs, long pepper, grains of paradise, galangal) ARE available, so there's no excuse for not having a go.