Phew! What a month.. now that the Christmas and New Year madness is well and truly over I'm hoping to get back into the habit of blogging (albeit occasionally) again.
I thought it might be useful to talk about the importance of planning ahead (aka 'prepping' for us kitchen folk).
Here are some of the things that I find are great to get ahead on :
Cookie dough & biscuits - make one huge base batch and flavour differently. I managed to make & freeze 800 cookies at the start of the season so they will last until February
Pastry - short and sweet
Childrens meals - spag bol, chicken goujons etc are always handy to have in the freezer for childrens meals (plus last minute staff dinners and fussy adults!)
Dry meringues - dessert garnish, kids desserts, emergency dessert if you're having a nightmare!
Jus - you can never have enough jus, make as much as possible, reduce right down and freeze in small portions
Jam - homemade jams are often required in chalets, make a few flavours and mix and match with the other chefs
Chutney - likewise with chutney for the cheeseboard, make a couple and do a swap with the other chefs for variation
All of the above are either messy jobs, or jobs that require a lot of time on the hob or in the oven. they are best to do in big batches.
When the season kicks off and you've got 15 guests every night, it's not always easy to find time to whip up another batch of meringues every week, or chutneys & jams etc. These things freeze or keep well, so use time at the beginning of the season (or dedicate one day during the season) to making as much as you can in advance. It will save you LOADS of time in the long run.
Even if you think cookies only takes half an hour to whip up... add up all the half hours every week... would you not rather be skiing? Just take an hour or two at the start and make 800 cookies that will last half the season. They slice and bake better from frozen anyway!
Next weeks post will elaborate more on how to make the most of your kitchen time in order to get you out on the slopes to do what you came here for... ski!