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Dinner service   1 comment

At the big house dinner parties were a royal experience. Beautiful plated entree, played main with silver service vegetables, and plated dessert and petitfours.

The silver service vegetable was my first task to master. 3 varieties each dinner party and they changed each dinner party. Broccoli flowerets, zucchini cut into flowers, stuffed zucchini flower with baby zucchini. Baby carrots, carrot batons in a carrot ring. Baby cauliflower gratins, poms bolligere, poms William, chateau potatoes, bean bundles, cabbage dumplings and the list goes on.
I had to learn many new skills, the most notable would be patients, also vegetable carving, turning(a skill I still love), attention to details, near enough is not good enough and more patients.

Next post some entrees I think. Like share and comment please


First day – meeting the staff   Leave a comment

Arriving for day one was more nerve racking than the interview. I was dropped of at the guard house and escorted to the kitchen.
Chef was waiting to greet me and showed me around the kitchen and introduced some staff. I will not use names but descriptive words to refer to the staff.
Kitchen assistant, old bitty. She was part of the antique manifest for the building and baked biscuits, cakes, Sunday roast and generally moped around waiting for retirement.
Kitchen hand, hairy ears. Minced around cleaning, tidying, washing and sniffing for new meet(not meat). He lived very close but was often late and under the weather.
The comptroller, sarg. As an ex-military man he liked to feet he controlled a tight ship, it was very tight but generous at the same time. Wonder if he every found out who photocopied their ass on the office machine?(roflmao)
The head footman, johnny from karate kid. Tall tanned blonde single and openly available to anything.
The head cleaning lady, oh! Really. She tried eyebrow waxing as a girl and it never grew back(maybe you don’t wax the whole thing) so with no eyebrows what is a woman to do? Of course draw them on, just a bit to high and curved, like someone saying ‘oh! Really’
The Sargent at arms, gas guts. Did you know drinking bicarbonate soda and water helps relieve gas. A very official position for an elderly decorated Sargent.
More staff to meet. Stay tuned, or not!

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