Chef Day 7

Well, the demos started today! It’s almost as if we are going into final exams or something with all of the stress levels going.  Everyone who went today did very well, and there were triumphs as well as learning experiences.  One thing that I am working on is not being stressed for other people.  Whenever anyone is doing something that I consider stressful, like public speaking or presenting or anything like that, I get really nervous and start worrying over small mistakes and such.  But I realized that they are already stressing enough! I am already stressing enough over my presentation! This extra worrying is just wasteful.  Plus, I should really be able to enjoy my time not presenting, and just worry right before it like a normal person.  I think I am getting better though, overall the trend is of optimistic upward growth.

Pizza from the marinara sauce side


Pizza from the pesto side
Minestrone Italiano


We were able to get some hands on some food today, which I was happy about! We made our dinner of a Minestrone soup and a garden pizza. They were surprisingly easy and fun to make, and they are dishes that I definitely want to make at home! The pizza was crunchy but delicious, and the soup was hardy and refreshing all at the same time.  I ate until I was quite full, but I didn’t feel weighed down like I had just eaten a heavy meal.  I find that quality very attractive in food, I must admit.

The day wasn’t quite exhausting, which was also nice and refreshing.  I did read Wendy’s introduction today, and I felt really confident and not nervous at all while giving it.  I think that might be a first for me! Tomorrow I will be assisting a demo, so I will be able to be back behind the demo table without actually giving one.  Hopefully it’ll be a good introduction for me and I’ll be able to get used to being up there a bit more.  We’ll see!

Three things that I learned today:

  1. Minestrone in italian literally means “big soup”
  2. I don’t hide my feelings very well
  3. Tomato juice makes a wonderful raw soup base.  And you can seed tomatoes using a tomato shark.  Who knew?? That saves me so much time and effort!

Anyways, I hope you all have a wonderful day and can realize and see the little triumphs in life.  They make all the difference and keep us moving forward.


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