[Sca-cooks] Regrettably Poor Royal Judgement

Mairi Ceilidh jjterlouw at earthlink.net
Sun Jul 19 12:21:48 PDT 2009

Your Crown has just recognized what we all knew already; that you are a gem
whose knowledge and generous nature has aided and nurtured cooks all over
the Known World.  In my neck of the woods, you are the go-to expert for all
things German.

Hearty congratulations!  It is an honor to share a shrub with you.  Our
ranks have been greatly enhanced.

Mairi Ceilidh

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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