From Monday, until today, I have to say this was the highlight of my summer so far. I wish I could stay in that kitchen for the rest of my life.
For starters, I met some utterly amazing people this week, including Chef Ilona Daniel, Meg McNeil, Karen Wortman, and so many fun kids that I hope to see again next year.
The first thing we did on Monday was take a Limo Bus (new ultimate way to travel!) to Green Gables, where we made butter and ice cream. I never knew making butter was so simple: all we did was shake it. First it turned into whipped cream, then all of a sudden it was butter.
On Tuesday morning, I made tortillas- lots of tortillas. It was interesting to make things in such big amounts. My own kitchen looks pathetic now, compared to Holland College. Then in the afternoon, we made oatmeal molasses cookies. Later to become the best ice cream sandwiches I have ever tasted.
Next day: the morning was spent chopping onions, mincing garlic, and stirring sauce. In the afternoon, I was supposed to make truffles, but do to shortage of ingredients, I made No-Bake Cheesecakes instead. Made with cream cheese, condensed milk, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. It turns out that was a good plan, because apparently I wasn’t at all bad at that job. (Except when opening cans of condensed milk. That turns out to be a very easy opportunity for fingers to get sliced.) So the next morning, I made some more. The first ones were authentically non-baked, having Oreos as the base, but the second batch had brownies as the base, which were, in fact, baked, so that was kind of cheating. And I swirled some melted chocolate on top. One can never have too much chocolate.
One of the last main things I did was assemble enchiladas, and that was good, except when the tortillas were made by someone who doesn’t quite know the shape or thickness that a tortilla is supposed to be. Then it was a tad more difficult.
In all honesty, I think I might have cried if I couldn’t come back next year. This blog post didn’t even do it justice.
(two of these are the infamous cheesecakes)