Monday, May 27, 2013

Busy, Busy, Mom

Hi, it’s Celia again!

Last week Mom was very, very busy. That’s probably why she forgot to order the animals' grain.  Mom is a caterer, and someone was flying to Lancaster for a tasting for a wedding. A tasting is when a caterer cooks samples for a client so they can make sure they like your food. 

This client had some requests for the menu that she doesn't typically make. So every day she was testing recipes by making the same thing, over and over and over. The food might have 1 teaspoon more salt, or 4 cloves of garlic instead of 6. And every night we ate the same thing over and over and over. That’s the down side of being a caterer’s kid. When Mom is getting ready for an event, or has food left after an event, we eat it. Over and over and over.

Here she is stuffing manicotti with cheese and spinach. She said the pastry bag is definitely the way to go.

And this is vinegar simmering so it reduces down to half as much. She’s gonna pour that over stuffed figs.

And guess what is in these bowls? Steaming broccoli that gets stuffed into chicken breasts.

So what does all this have to do with farming? Well, we’re not the only ones that eat when Mom has a catering job. This is a bowl full of scraps for the goats. They get the broccoli stems, onion skins, garlic that was chopped too small, and anything else that Mom considers waste.

Last summer we took a tour of Herr’s Chip Factory and found out that all the chips that spill on the floor get swept up and given to Mr. Herr’s pigs. So I guess it’s a farm thing. 

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