Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Culinary challenges continue; confidence climbs
Salad Nicoise, sans tuna. Beet borscht. Osso buco with risotto Milanese and roasted root vegetables.
Daunting on the face of it, because the only components I have made are the risotto and root vegetables. Yet this is what culinary school -- and eventual work in a restaurant -- is about: taking the unfamiliar and applying familiar techniques.
Osso buco is braised. I can do that.
Salad Nicoise is an artfully arranged collection of raw vegetables and a few other items. I can do that.
Beet borscht is a soup, made similarly to many soups -- slow cooking to gain flavor and tenderness. I can do that.
I can do this. I can cook.