June 2012 - alvers.info

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Happy Birthday to Deb!
Thursday, 21 June 2012 2:13 am

Just a quick post to wish Deb a very happy birthday. We're heading up the coast this weekend to the Taste of Coolum so hopefully that will make it up for not being able to spend her Birthday with her.

I was able to come up with a pretty cool present in the form of personalised plates for Deb's little sports car. Unfortunately they haven't arrived yet. But you get the idea from this right?

Never a dull moment
Tuesday, 12 June 2012 1:02 am

It was recently suggested to me that the place I worked at could make a lot more money if they just started their own reality TV show. In the past month the owner has stepped in and largely taken control in order to stem the loss of money from the restaurant.

His first move was to let the head chef go and replace him with the sous chef. For me personally this hasn't made a massive difference because most of my time was spent with the sous anyway. It has meant that we no longer have the 20 odd years of recipe experience in the kitchen which I think will take a toll over time.

And the front of house manager has managed to dodge the bullet a couple of times so far so it's going to be interesting how long that can last. The owners intentions are to lease the restaurant as a going concern to some. How long that could take to happen is open for discussion really.

All I have to do is get through my first round of TAFE release next month and then I'll probably start looking for a new kitchen to move to. It's not that I don't like the place I am at but the cost pressures mean that they tight on hourly pay rates and not having much culinary experience at the lead will definitely affect the food that we develop. So onwards...

Other than that life at home has been pretty much of a muchness. Deb has a Monday off a few weeks ago so we got to spend the day hanging out together which is wonderful. We basically get Saturday mornings together so any full day is something to be treasured.

And yesterday we hosted a 'Not Xmas in July' lunch. We cooked seven courses which included: Antipasto, Asian pork dumplings with nam jim sauces, lamb meatballs with rosemary, mint and fetta, rare seared kangroo loin on celeriac puress with julienne cucumber, pork belly with masterstock reduction and apple corriander salad and finally a paella with chicken, prawns and chorizo. And if that wasn't enough desert was sticky date cup cakes with toffee sauce and salted caramel icecream. Oh my!

And considering that people had to drive and work the next day we also managed to put away 5 bottles of red wine. Not a bad effort by any standard.

Thursday, 14 June 2012 11:58 pm

JT said the food was fantastic and I must say it looks it. Love mum xx