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  1. Check out this thread started by CaliPoutine a few years ago when she had a contract cooking about 50 ppl. Also, I have been cooking a weekly community meal for 100+ people for the last four years. Most popular desserts have been: fruit cobblers and crisps, deep dish fruit pies, fruit/yogurt parfaits, fruit salad. Feel free to PM me for details, including costing. In the meantime, I will try to articulate some of my own recipes. Give me a couple of days
  2. KarenDW

    Frozen rice

    I like to have cooked rice in the fridge, at all times. In fact, when my children lived with me, they often complained that there "wasn't anything to eat" in the fridge if there was no rice! Freezing cooked rice is nothing new in our household. I do like to have one or two packets on hand, for small/quick meals. But I am also probably unlikely to purchase pre-cooked rice.
  3. KarenDW

    Fruit and Fish

    With Sardines, I would try pickled cherries or other small fruit. The acid from the pickle is important, as is the salt. I've also served mango, peach, or nectarine chutney/salsa with grilled halibut and salmon; guests were pleased. Usually I look for an acidic element to provide a foil for the fish.
  4. KarenDW

    Canning tomatoes

    The short answer re: acidulation, is no; if pressured canned, then you don't need to. But pressure canning takes so much longer than standard hot-water bath method, that I consider the addition of citric acid to be a good compromise. The stuff should be available at the local pharmacy, or possibly in the grocery store, branded as a fruit preserver such as fruitfresh. Hot packing the fruits should help with maintaining balanced distribution within the jar.
  5. Would you be able to take a 20-30 min. nap in the car before driving home? That is just long enough to be refreshed and alert for the drive, and not disturb any "normal" sleep pattern. While I haven't done the midnight shift, I have worked lots of evenings 'till 2 or 3 am, and doubles. The short nap has always helped. Besides, then maybe you will be able to stay up for a couple of hours after work. I wonder whether there is a regularly occurring "event" in your environment which wakes you up at about the same time each day.
  6. I often move items from the board, scooping with my hands, and arranging the items on a plate, according to the order in which they enter the pan. Or, I use prep containers (sandwich squares work very well) or a measuring cup. Mostly I try *not* to transfer items using a knife, as at work I am in a crowded community kitchen, and teaching the others not to transfer using a blade.
  7. Wall clock, analog. Appliance clocks, with timers, digital. Digital timer. Analog loud ringing timer. Plus several other clock-like devices.
  8. If you can grow tomatoes, then you can grow tomatillos! We had a bumper crop last year in our little greenhouse in BC. I made salsa verde for canning, then froze some tomatillos for "nearly fresh" salsa in the winter.
  9. You may want to check the glassware inventory, too. Just in case the venue needs to order some rentals. Never underestimate the value of an additional assistant.
  10. The juice of parsley or other herbs would provide a fresh flavour for salads. So, rather than just chopping herbs and mixing w/ a liquid, puree the herbs in a little water, and then strain through a coffee filter.
  11. I take re-usable cloth bags for shopping, although my DH refuses to do so. For bulk-bin purchases at the supermarket, I generally will make use of the store-supplied plastic bags, then wash and re-purpose once home. I rarely use a separate bag for produce at the supermarket. When "market" shopping, I usually pack along one or two smaller plastic bags for salad greens and such, and a paper sack for mushrooms/nuts. It seems, to me, a lot of hassle to carry around bulky containers for dry goods, especially as the containers in my pantry are rarely empty.
  12. My dishwasher has an energy-saver cycle during which the heating element is not used after washing. I air-dry my plastic stuff in a dish rack, and generally towel-dry the corners/outer edges which trap water. Is there a reason why you need your plastic ware to dry in the dishwasher?
  13. KarenDW

    Easter Ham

    Ham loaf/Spam, in small-ish loaves. Then freeze.
  14. If I don't eat in the car, there are some days that my total caloric intake is less than 1000 kCal in a day. Which is far from desirable. Cookies and cheese-filled bagels seem to be the worst offenders, in terms of messiness.
  15. Mini hot-dog, served with *yellow* tomato ketchup, and *red* mustard.
  16. What would be the appropriate protocol for a handbag/coat? Of course, in the ideal world, there would be hooks attached to the bar for handbags. But a coat? What do others do with theirs? Should said bar become crowded, then I would definitely attempt to move my coat...
  17. I use a Baratza Maestro. It's 2 yrs old and still going strong, after daily use. Added benefit... if I need to grind 4 lbs of coffee for a party... the machine is up to the task. But in a previous life, for my pour-over filter coffee, I thought an inexpensive blade grinder was completely ok.
  18. any of the food service suppliers should have the trays. I've also seen at Cookshop at City Square, although, probably they were pizza shaped. Would still work
  19. KarenDW

    Bron Mandoline

    +1 for the OXO.
  20. If storage space is tight, and the oven is small-ish, then could a large gratin or casserole be multi-purposed? Or do you need a specific shape to the roaster? Our oven is standard-sized, but I often want to use more than one rack, so don't bother to pull out the roaster (large handles). This pan fits in my toaster oven, with 1/2 a chicken
  21. What about some Canadian wines, such as something from BC... "what grows together goes together"? Joie Farm Noble Blend or PTG and Venturi Schulze Sole Rosso come to mind.
  22. Snadra, that does indeed look like a charming locale. Maybe I'm a bit thick, but I didn't see an address anywhere on the website for Lochiel House. Thanks, ChrisTaylor, for starting this thread. I'll be in Sydney for 2 nights at the beginning of Feb, and 1 or 2 nights at the end of the month. Will investigate est and Becasse, in the chances of convincing DH to come along.
  23. I'd make a separate Yorkshire pud or popovers, rather than Wellington. Port sauce. Tornedos of sunroots (jeruselum artichokes), roasted with golden beets; or steamed with herb butter. Quick pickle of carrots, radishes and cukes on the side. Or arugula.
  24. Also, is it possible to order the pasta from a local Italian restaurant?
  25. Is there a food service supplier in your region? You may be able to pick up a "cash and carry" order, if you bring payment (cash, bank card, or credit card usually). Order the veg for your ragu pre-chopped. I often order diced onions and tomatoes, to save time. It's not exactly "budget-friendly", but at least there's less stress. Also, put the ragu into a slow cooker, and then head out to get your pasta. At least the ragu won't burn/scorch, and you don't have to babysit it as much. Wishing you lots of serene, productive energy!
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