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31/07/2014

Stock, Soup and Sauces: Beurre Blanc Seared & Roasted Chicken.

Wednesday was the start of my new unit, Stock, Soups and Sauces. My practical unit started today, but we had an elective apparently started last week. Hence, it is no longer James Collins who is my chef now, but a new guy called Scott H. (Cant remember his last name...)

There was a mix up, but it was all good. Though I mixed today's and last week's class, the chef wasn't too worried about it after I told him that I had come in after completing Patisserie.. (I only have one theory elective to complete, apart from Cost and Menu).

After a while, you pretty know which among the students are new in the kitchen.. seems like I am no longer the one who is the slowest in class. LOL.. My classmates comprised from a range of students who are new, as well to one who is running and managing his own restaurant. ^^

So for today's unit, we worked on making the most basic of white, and brown stocks. Using those stocks, we made our main dish of the day which was Beurre Blanc Seared & Roasted Chicken with Parsley.

Most of the time we use powdered stock.. but making stock the old fashioned way will ensure you have good tasting sauces, finger licking good to the very last drop! (to paraphase Heston Blumenthal....)

washing chicken in water to get rid of impurities.
The first step in making stocks is to ensure that the particular item is free and clean of impurities. The includes soaking and rinsing chopped up chicken bits and bones, fish bones of all  the blood, and etc. 

In making a clear and white stocks, say like chicken and fish, the ingredients used must not contain any browning ingredients, say charred vegetables or charred onions. 
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29/07/2014

Produce Meat Dishes: Roasted Pork Belly, Pork Loin Cutlet & Pork Crepinette.

Chef Roux
So last Tuesday, we worked on boning pork. For those who don't like pork, you can always turn away from looking at the screen. 

We had a couple of Muslims in the class. How they got around the issue of touching pork was using the blue coloured gloves when handling pork. 
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16/07/2014

Produce Meat Dishes: Lamb Broth, & Lamb Teriyaki

Chef Roux
Today's the first day of a new semester at TAFE NSI. I have new classmates and a new Cookery teacher. 
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14/07/2014

So I made Apple Pie! (Attempt 1)

When the apple pie was open, the birds began to sing..

Tafe semester starts tomorrow.. and my holidays have come to an end. 

Tomorrow I will take my kitchen toolbox to Tafe. Hence, since I still have all my equipment today, I decided to make apple pies....  let's see how it went.. 
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01/07/2014

Hillsong Conference 2014: (Evening Service) Sharing by Steven Furtick.

Hillsong Conference 2014 started today at Olympic Park (Sydney).

I wasnt aware that it started until one of my friends from church told me about it and she was attending it with a group of Thai people from church. After our Thai lunch in the CBD, we took the train and arrived at Allphones Arena at about 4pm ish to queue up for the evening service.

Ordinarily you'd have to pay about AUD500 for the entire duration of the conference, however the evening conferences are free entrance to the public! Woo Hoo!

Lining up from 4pm onwards. Doors open at 5pm ish. 
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