Getting Snowed In
I taught a very fun lesson last Saturday night during the first big snow storm of the winter. I've lived in Iowa my whole life, so I don't let a little thing like snow and low visibility ruin my plans. I doubled my travel time and stuck to well plowed roads and highways. I arrived right when I hoped and right when the storm was at it's peak, a pretty dramatic entrance with the wind and the snow blowing every which way. I shook off the snow and unpacked my gear, ready to start the lesson the clients and I had planned a couple weeks ago. We covered things like how to make a vinaigrette, cooking fish, and even how to make a chocolate soufflé. They were open to trying new things and even let me talk them in to trying celery root (a truly underrated root vegetable). What surprised my clients was how straightforward and simple a lot of the techniques were. The challenging thing is managing the time and multi-tasking, but we covered that as well. I even remembered to take a few photos thanks to my wife and my clients reminding me. I was really happy with how everything turned out and it's especially satisfying when the plates come back empty and the couple is pleasantly stuffed.
In case you were wondering, the snow storm that was raging outside while we warm in the kitchen had moved on by the end of the lesson. I only had to contend with the drifting snow and gusts of wind on the roads heading home.