We went to hell and back

Over the past few weeks with being in competition and me losing my mind but so many positives. We gained strength as a family unit really supporting and backing each other. I’m proud of all of us. My hubby really backing me emotionally and physically. Being there for the kids in so many ways. Being patient beyond all expectations. Believing in me when I didn’t. Showing our son what real support from a dad is. Protecting our girl and guiding her in ways she hasn’t experienced. Stepping up around the house to take pressure off me. All the while never complaining. Watching our boy gain a confidence he was lacking, pride in himself and his cooking. Having him and I grow closer having a bond of food and competing.

Originally I was going to enter three classes in the comp and our boy one. But the pressure of life got on top of me. So I dropped one. This past weekend it was time. I was due to drop my statics in the comp. On the way my cheesecake started slipping off the plate, then melting. But some how managed to get the cheese cake and artisan bread up.

Bailey’s and white chocolate cheesecake with a dark chocolate and espresso cremeux, glazed with a dark chocolate mirror glaze. A different Bailey’s cream cheese icing, garnished with chocolate and gold leaf.

For the breads I had to produce three different types so I made a 18 hr double hydration ciabatta. A laminated and plaited duck fat and bacon brioche and a garlic and rosemary foccicia. I also add artichoke paste and whipped butter.

Sadly we didn’t get a photo of the actual comp dish of my boys but he did the veg soup live, he made a borscht with a horse radish and sour cream garnished with chives

We had prize giving and we place extremely well.

Our boy received a silver medal and over all winner of class, along side awesome prizes

And I won 2 silver medals

One of the proudest moments as a competitor, a mum and as a family

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Omg I’m in veggie heaven

My hubby started voluntarily work at a local organic veggie place. And he gets paid in shop credit. So we headed in there today and for the first time in ages spent $40 on veg without worry about the price

So not only does my hubby learn more with gardening but he provides well for us. After a big meal of fresh veggies we’re still needing a bigger fridge!!!

Can’t wait to make kale chippies for the kids. And loved meeting the owners and people my hubby is working with

Week 7 as a student

And shits getting real. 

For the past 6 weeks we’ve baked, cooked, studied, learnt and gained our barista and food safety certs. Completed and passed assessments written and practical (i received best tasting pie of the class in our big assessment out of 18 other students). I’m proud that I’m the only student in our class with 100% attendance and not once been late (who would’ve guessed I’d be so happy to go to class). Its been our training for today.

Today we had our first day of weekly prep because we start service tomorrow. We have a cafe open three days a week and each tale turns in different roles from dishy to brista to different roles in the kitchen. And guess what I’m first up as sous chef. Ahhhh can’t wait I’m excited nervous. 

Can’t wait to let you all know how I go. This time in two months I’ll have completed my first course as an adult student. I’m so proud