Hello all you wonderful people!
I’ve been as busy as a bee 🐝 driving to and from home, attending small group, and trying not to eat everything I make in class. I’m literally always tired and I’ve been a bit more homesick than normal this past week. But, I’m pushing on with the Lord’s help and the constant reminder that He is present in my life.
Yesterday I began week 11 of my 24 week course at The French Pastry School and everything I’ve made so far has been completely new to me.
Here’s a recap:
Chocolate Candies with Chef En-Ming (2 weeks)
Chocolate Showpiece with Chef Joel
Sugar Showpiece with Chef Joel
Ice Cream and Sorbet with Chef Jacquy
Plated Desserts with Chef En-Ming (2 weeks)
and this week we start, Sugar Candies with Chef Jacquy
I’ve learned so much in such a short time and yet the end to my pastry school adventures is quickly approaching. It’s exciting and scary to think about knowing, that in a little over three months, I will be graduating and figuring out what to do with the rest of my future. However, I know the Lord is holding me in His arms and I’ve no need to fear the future. My path is safe in His hands.
Over the past two weeks I completed my Plated Desserts class and, I have to say, it was quite interesting. We made so many desserts that I’m a little overwhelmed. In order to get everything accomplished in the time we were given, we made many of the components to each dessert a few days in advance, not using them until we plated the dessert. As a result, I can’t differentiate one recipe from the other at this point. On the bright side, I still feel as though I came out of this section knowing much more than I did before. I became more comfortable as I went and feel that my ability to plate a dessert has improved greatly. Not to mention, Chef En-Ming loved to give you feedback, helping us grow individual and as a group. Her favorite thing to ask you when presenting your finished dessert to her was “What do you think?” Now, I was always pretty content with my plate but, Chef En-Ming sees it and tells you what could’ve been better in a way that helps you improve. But, as a result, it honestly felt like we were on one of those reality cook-off shows at times. “Time is running out, you have 10 seconds to finish plating your dessert and bring it to the front, work quickly people, 5..4..3..2..CRASH. Oh no, looks like Katelyn tripped and dropped her plate! She’s out of the running folks.” (*Not a depiction of real life events*)
In between baking and cooking and plating [oh my!], I was laughing with my table partner. She and I had a slight communication problem, not because we didn’t communicate, but because we would mishear what the other person said, leaving us in a fit of giggles. It was like a constant cycle of the telephone game. 📞 The continuous laughter combined with our ability to work well together, despite misunderstanding one another at times, made for a memorable few weeks.
As I said earlier, this week I began Sugar Candies and, judging by our syllabus, I will be giving away lots of it in hopes that I don’t eat it all. Outside of class I have a few things to look forward to in the coming days, including spending Wednesday evening with my small group from church, Thursday evening with my mama, and Friday evening-Sunday with my brother. I couldn’t be more excited! Not to mention, yesterday I went to lunch at Chic-fil-A with some of my classmates – believe it or not, I’m actually being social. 😉
Until next time,
Proverbs 31:25 Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.