This was the first week of my full externship schedule. I put in a total of 20 hours this week. Fridays are rough. I’m at the cookie shop from 8:30 – 11:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursday but I also get up at 4:30 in the morning. So, after putting a full day of school and “work” on Friday, when I got home at 6, I laid on the floor and napped. I later tried to watch a 2 hour movie that I was asleep for almost all of the movie. I hope this gets easier.
I look forward to Saturday mornings because I can go out and paddle with my canoe club. We are in the middle of humpback whale season so whenever we go out we get a pretty spectacular show. The water was so choppy this morning that I actually felt seasick when we got back to shore. Another beautiful morning on Maui.
We all got reassigned in Purchasing class. My new duty is to receive, separate, price and deliver the items that we get delivered. It can be a bit confusing because there are 5 people in our group and that seems to be too many people for what is needed. I’ll try to get some pics next week and show you a little bit of the process.
There was a lot of activity in Baking class. On Tuesday, we all were assigned one component to the plated dessert for Class Act. We were assigned the Chocolate Pot de Creme with a Chocolate & Cinnamon Marshmallow.
Marshmallows are pretty easy to make. It’s very sticky and hard to work with. You have to dust your mold with a mixture 50/50 of confectioners sugar and potato starch. Sugar, glucose, tremoline and honey were the sweeteners used.
At the cookie shop, I helped to make 531 of these Mac Nut Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies. Yes, that is a 5 gallon bucket. I also pressed pie crusts, cracked and separated eggs and did miscellaneous chores. I think I’ll be there till the end of the month then I’ll devote more of my time to the resort. I started that gig on Friday. I had this feeling that I’d walk into a super organized facility, it was far from that.
For some reason, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the bake shop. I’m assigned to it here. Not bad….right? Well, this bake shop was closed down for a while and just recently reopened. As a result, it’s lacking basic equipment that the staff have to bring in; piping tips, spatulas, cutters, etc. And why is it that no one has towels around? Not here or the bake shop. I guess I’m spoiled always having towels around at school. My first task was to pipe the White Chocolate Mousse.