[Sca-cooks] Regrettably Poor Royal Judgement
carlton_bach at yahoo.de
Sun Jul 19 11:11:18 PDT 2009
It is with a heavy heart that I must turn to the list to report on the deplorable lapse of judgement on the part of Drachenwald's crown. Yesterday they surpassed themselves by making known bookaholic and dangerously inept cake misdecorator Giano Balestriere a laurel.
I am sure you are as shocked as I was.
On a positive note, I am glad to report that my kitchen crew has passed through its trial-by-fire with extreme distinction. We came to a lovely, intimate site with space for maybe forty people comfortably - asked to cook for, by now, sixty. The site operators had promised us a clean and ready-to-use place, but if it hadn't been fpor a small advance team cleaning through the night, it would have been impossible to use.
There were two kitchens, regular home-kitchen size. In one, the stovetop was only powerful enough to heat opne medium-sized pot at a time. in the other, the oven blew out the main fuse whenever used. Plugging in more than one electric pot at a time also blew the main fuse, especially in the evening. Stick blenders could only be used in the bathroom or we'd back out. There was one useable cutting board and not enough serving gear. The refrigerator was tiny and weak. The eggs and chicken were delivered late, and their head cook got dragged away in the middle of preparations to sit uselessly in a tent somewhere. The assistant feast cook hasd to also take over lunch at the last minute when the lunch cook was rushed to hospital. The cooking laurel helicoptered in to hold everybody's hand during vigil had not been given the feast plan and work flowchart. Nonetheless, the feast was served
a) on time
b) broadly as advertised and
c) to general acclaim.
What do you do to reward that level of performance? I gave everybody a hug and a jar of homemade jam, and the royals gave them pins, but but it still feels woefully inadequate.
PS: I have the feast booklet text if anyone is interested. The theme was late period hanseatic.
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