Or is it la Cheffe? No, chef is one of those sexist French words that has no feminine form. At any rate, the chef is on vacation this month and he left me in charge. In addition to my usual pastry and chocolate production duties, I am now responsible for planning and overseeing what gets done each day, defrosting the freezers at the appropriate time, and all of the ordering… which has yet to go entirely smoothly.
Following a very difficult conversation yesterday with the secretary of the produce company, I consider it a triumph that the only thing wrong with this morning’s order was that the grapes were green instead of purple. (I was informed by a colleague after getting off the phone that their secretary is notoriously terrible – I’m glad it’s not just me and my French skills, or lack thereof.) Today I was anxiously awaiting the call from another purveyor. I had the order prepared as soon as I finished the morning pastries, but by the time I had finished for the day and was ready to go home, they still hadn’t called. I eventually had to track down their number and wait on hold for what felt like hours, although it was probably more like ten minutes. At least once I got through the lady on the other end of the line seemed to understand what I was saying. I feel pretty confident that tomorrow morning the right quantities of the correct items will be waiting for me.
Being in charge, so far, is great. I get to choose the music; my lunch “hour” has been reduced to 30 minutes, because I like going home early; and I don’t have to wonder what’s on today’s prep list. It’s also much more tiring than I expected. Upon arriving home yesterday I fell straight asleep – something I very rarely do. Today, though, I got home and wanted to cook. I finally made the tzatziki I’ve been promising myself for weeks, using the now-sad-looking cucumber that I got a couple of CSA paniers ago. It is waiting patiently in the fridge, the flavors slowly melding, for the apérothat usually accompanies Nick’s return home. But I’m not done. Hopie has gone and written about butterscotch pudding, so now I have to make it. Unless I decide to make chocolate pudding. Or both. In a pie crust. That’s probably not going to happen. Today. If there are any leftovers this weekend, though…
Originally published on Croque-Camille.