Monthly Archives: November 2015

Peas and Carrots


Yes, this actually happened and I think it’s hilarious. Cold 1 has a dish that requires blanched peas, but we didn’t have any in-house, fresh or frozen. Panic ensued but… someone had remembered seeing a couple of packages of frozen pea and carrot mix. You know, the ones they use for fried rice. I think it was intended for family meal. Anyway, you do what you gotta do, so… I spent 10 minutes separating a 2lb bag into its respective components. Passers-by (and I myself) couldn’t help but laugh at the ridiculousness of the situation. Like, yes, as a matter of fact I do work at a 4 star restaurant. Can’t you tell by my frozen pea and carrot mix?

In case you were wondering, they ARE mixed in roughly equal proportion.

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks since my last entry. I feel relieved to have made the decision to move on, but now I find myself in the throes of job hunting, which of course brings its own kind of stress. Especially since I don’t really know what I want to do next… plus I would not be available until February at the earliest… so it’s mainly been me reading Craigslist and Simply Hired and Indeed postings until 2am trying to piece together a job description that I would both enjoy and be qualified for.

The holidays are coming up which, since I started cooking full-time, always makes me a bit anxious. I had more or less accepted that working on the holidays (and possibly working more during the busy holiday season) comes with the territory, but I find that it’s still difficult to make alternative plans or decline invitations without feeling guilty of letting other people down. I’m tired of this guilt and while it’s one of the motivating factors for my career change, it sucks to know that it will only get worse before it gets better.