My College Experience (Day 4) *Meat*

We started the day by making fresh apple sauce. I chose the biggest apple there was didn’t I! It took me ages to peel, cut and then cook the pieces down to be able to turn it into sauce and then I had to blitz the sauce into puree and then ‘pass’ it which is basically putting it through a triple sieved sieve type thing so no chunks or bits or anything… (Didn’t enjoy that!)

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Fresh Apple Sauce
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Passed (triple sieved) Apple Puree

 

We then went onto making our green peppercorn sauces at the same time… It went okay although I did have to add more ingredients and do more stirring and changing temps… The end result didn’t exactly look nice but it smelt and tasted good!

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Green Peppercorn Sauce

We then saw our teacher/chef give us a demonstration on how to cut steaks from the meat and bone, preparing the sirloin steaks by cutting the fat from it, tenderizing it (by beating the hell out of it and flattening it with a rolling pin – good for letting out aggression and frustrations!) and then wrapped it up for later. Which at the end of the lesson we griddled our steaks lightly on each side and then had to presentate our plating skills!

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Tenderized Sirloin Steak
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My Plated Presentation

We then had to get into teams and take in turns getting the chance to cut pork belly from the rib bones, tenderizing the pork belly meat, scoring the meat, tenderizing the meat again, rubbing thyme all in the pork belly score marks and ridges and then rolling the pork belly tightly up so we get defined thyme swirls and then tying the rolled pork belly with string to prepare for the cuts. (Which I seemed to be good at and got praised by my team.)

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Rolled Pork Belly

This is what it looked like a week later when it was recooked at home and along side a dauphinoise potato… Me and the kids liked it. 🙂

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Dauphinoise Potato and Roasted Pork Belly

Probably looked better when it was first roasted, so will definitely give that another go. Anyway thank you for reading, next week it is sauces!

x Emz x

Author: Emz

I'm a 28, ambitious full time mum of two amazing and funny children. I try to live a happy simple life but of course there can be drama even if do try to avoid it. A lot does go on with Family and friends and I try to blog as often as I can because this is a good way for me to write what I'm thinking, feeling and helps me remember things that go on and writing it down on a piece of paper doesn't do myself any justice I need to be honest with myself and if blogging is the way forward for me then so bit it. If you happen to come across my blog and actually like and follow it thank you very much. :D I have had to make strong and hard decisions in my life and I have come out stronger and wiser every time. I'm shy, opinionated and can be socially awkward at times but I am trying to build up my confidence and I just want to share with you my life story if you are willing to listen and I am only too happy to do the same for anyone else who wants me to know :) I try to be as honest, open and kind as I can in life. - My aim is to Blog every day whether I am able to keep up with that well we shall see :)

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