Orion the hunter still glimmered in the early morning light, an auspicious sign given that today would be our introduction to game. I felt good, probably more to do with not going back to the pub last night than the traumas of a new kitchen and a new partner.
Into the kitchen and into our stride we tackled our dishes, my soup involved finely chopping 1lb of mushrooms (45 minutes in case you are interested) and sweating onions whilst boiling stock and milk. Dressing for the tomato salad took a while as did painstakingly stuffing dates with marzipan- no not the horrible bright yellow shop bought stuff but real almond paste. In between these activities we made millions of omelettes, classic french, fines herbes, cheese souffle etc until our teacher - possibly egg bound - said that we had done enough for the day.
After a lunch of Mushroom Soup, Omelette and Stuffed Dates or Marzipan Apples it was back to Demo but not the clean tidy pristine Demo that we had left after our culinary adventure no this one was a positive avian charnel house.
After he departed Darina returned to more domestic fowl and two recipes with Roast Chicken 9equally applicable to pheasant and guinea fowl - adjust the timings) Turkey -recipe only due to cooking time, witty ways with crab, tomato granite, a creamed sponge cake and Turnips (Swedes to you who think that turnips are the little white things). Of course the full range of sauces and salads were demonstrated as accompaniments and home made potato crisps.
So tomorrow Lunch will have its first official meat other than lamb for over a week, we cook what we last saw demonstrated for the uninitiated.
Tomorrow as they say is another day and at the risk of sounding dangerously right wing Tomorrow belongs to me.