BY CALVIN VIRGIL, LONG ISLAND: Hey guys! October has been a very interesting month so far for me. The most exciting part was starting school. It’s everything that I imagined and more! I’m learning so much at ICC. The chefs are skilled and very knowledgeable! My classmates are a thrill to work with! Our first level is tarts & cookies. My favorite tart thus far has been the Tarte Au Citron (lemon tart). It reminded me of when I was child and how my grandmother and I would make our weekly trip to McKenzie’s bakery for a lemon meringue pie.
Aside from school, I’ve been learning the city and subway system more each day. On my days off from school I sometimes take the F train from Roosevelt Island and pick a different stop to get off to see what I can find. This monthly metro card really comes in handy. I’ve even ventured off to my cousin’s house in Long Island these past two weekends. It’s almost safe to say that I’m a pro at this. Lol
One thing I never thought that I would experience while here was Hurricane Sandy. It really hit home for me being that we experience this all the time. I’m currently in Long Island with my cousin and we have been without power since Monday evening. 90% of Long Island is still without power and they don’t know when power will be restored. Lower Manhattan was hit pretty hard as well which caused school to be closed until further notice because of the power outages and flooding. I wish there was more I could do to help, but I am stuck myself until major roads and the train systems are back up and running.
While studying, (in the dark with a few candles lol) I found it just a little ironic that I was going over my recipe for Pâté Brisee. One of the procedures is to add the cold cubed butter to the dry ingredients and, using a bowl scraper, cut in the butter until the butter pieces are approximately the size of dried lentils, working quickly to avoid melting the butter. This procedure is called “sablage”. Meaning to “make SANDY”. Make sandy; Hurricane Sandy… Get it? Maybe not. Lol
I look forward to doing more blogs so I can give you guys more insight on my time here in New York!!!