To say I’m exhausted is an understatement – I feel like the blood has been drained from my body and I’m left with a hollow shell of a person.
Today we had our main practical exam, and waking up after a surprisingly good sleep, I was anxious to actually just get into the kitchen and start cooking.
My official starting time was 11.30am, so there was a bit of hanging about before I began.
With last minute prep to be done, and a flick through the recipes and order-of-work, I braced myself for a long day’s cooking.
Channeling my inner Florrie – who’s one of our brilliantly supportive teachers here – I gave myself mini-pep talk throughout the morning, and fully aware that I was probably going to go over time, I kept cool.
Despite a brief power failure (just before I was going to put my bread in the oven), and having a battle with palm sugar, all-in-all it went quite smoothly.
This may shock you, but I went about an hour and a half over the designated three hours, but I didn’t mind and I certainly wasn’t the only one. My main goal was to plate up dishes that I was proud of and that I would gladly serve up to anyone.
So here they are, in all their glory!
To start: Spiced Indian Pakoras with Mango Relish
For mains: Chargrilled Squid with Chili and Parsley Oil and Vietnamese Cucumbers
And finally for dessert: Yoghurt and Cardamom Cream with Pomegranate and Rose Blossom Water
I also made a white soda bread, which thankfully seemed to come out well – but we’ll see what Darina thought.
By the way, I got to take Brienne home tonight, and I’m happy to report that she’s a very happy cheese!
The rest of the night I’m just going to chill and probably get to bed early – I’m wrecked. Bonne nuit.