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Archive for December, 2008

A day in the life of: The Head Chef!

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Hello to Everyone reading this blog!

My name is Eric, I am the Head Chef in the Killarney Court Hotel.

I have been working here for almost 2 years and everyday it’s a new experience.

In the hotel and restaurant business you are learning all the time and no matter how old you are or how much experience you have, everyday is a challenge to improve yourself, perfect recipes and find new exciting food combinations/recipes.

I love the challenge! My job seems simple: Supervise the good running of the Kitchen, but its not always as easy as you think! There are long working days which can be pretty stressful! My day starts by doing a stock take and then if needed I place orders to the different suppliers. And I am always looking out for new ingredients and products and if there are ever special offers on.

Then I check with reception what the bookings for the evening’s dinner are looking like, and see if there if are any groups or tours booked in.

During the Summer season, we often have up to 3 large tours every night that have dinner, and they could often stay for 2 or 3 nights at a time, so I need to make sure that they don’t have the same meal twice!

As Lunch approaches, we need to get the Carvery ready for a very busy lunch service, I need to make sure that the quality of all meals are consistent, that we always have a fresh supply of vegetables & potatoes, and make sure that we don’t run out of anything on the Carvery.

The Carvery service finishes at 3pm and then we commence with Bar food, which is served from 3pm – 9pm and the restaurant opens at 6pm for dinner.

There is always something to do in the kitchens, whether it is food preparation, menu planning, ordering, cleaning, dealing with issues during service etc. Its all part of the job.

My Dad was a chef and he told me there were many a time when he wanted to take off his apron and walk away from the job but he never did! It’s a crazy job to be a chef and a crazy life too! But there is a special buzz in the Hotel/Restaurant business that you don’t find anywhere else like it!! You have a connection with your team mates and the other staff members, that you are all in this together! This is why we I love my job, and this is what keeps me going during a hard day!

Thanks!

Christmas Pudding

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Easy Christmas Pudding

 

Ingredients:

 

500g Raisins

500g Sultanas

125g Dates, chopped

125g Currants

125g Mixed Peel

125g Glace Cherries, chopped

½ Cup Brandy

500g Softened Butter

500g Brown Sugar

10 eggs

4 Carrots

1 tsp Mixed Spice

3 Tbl sp Golden Syrup

500g fresh breadcrumbs

125g plain flour

1 ½ tsp salt

 

 

This is a very simple recipe for the microwave oven, and makes 2 Christmas puddings.

 

Place the fruit in a large bowl. Pour the brandy over the fruit and allow to soak covered, overnight.

 

Cream the butter and sugar. Add one lightly beaten egg at a time to the creamed mixture, beating well after each addition. Add the remaining ingredients.

 

Grease and line a 2.5 litre pudding basin. Pour in half the mixture ( to 2.5cm/1” from the top of the basin) and smooth over the top.

 

Cook on medium for 28 muinutes. Remove from the microwave oven and allow to cool slightly. Repeat the procedure with the remaining half of the mixture.

 

Turn the pudding out of the basin and remove the paper lining. Serve hot or Cold.

 

 

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