Today the Cocoa Cola Girl went to her lil free demo class at Williams Sonoma. I wonder if they are going to do these during the holiday season?? Today's demo was on knives. I'm a lil skittish around knives. Always have been. When your little you learn three cardinal rules, 1.) Don't play with the stove, 2.)Don't play with matches, and 3.) Don't play with knives. Well I think I forgot to upgrade the third one. lol.
I learned a few interesting facts that I would love to share with you. I've always heard on the TV shows, "Top Chef" & "Iron Chef" that the knives make the chefs. That's totally true. You can't just go in a store & buy a knife set. There are different types for different purposes. There are Serrated Knives, Pairing Knives, Santoku knives, Japense knives and of course many more. And when it says, "Medium Dice" they actually mean dice it to a medium size. When following a recipe you actually have to follow the sizes of dices. A dice is the lil cubes of garlic, or potato or any yummy ingredient. You need the right size because it depends on cooking time. If you need a large dice in a stew and you cut small dices, your potato will be soggy in the stew because it cooked too fast. Did not know that!!
There wasn't much to the demo. This is was the first one that was more of a, "Buy this product." My eyes are still watering from when the lady cut the onions. Her main advice to people buying knives was buy at least a Chef's Knife & a Pairing Knife. A Chef's knife is a knife you cut a turkey with & a Pairing Knife is small which is used for cutting tomatoes, onions, radishes, etc.
Also ALWAYS SHARPEN YOUR KNIFE!! The odds are actually greater of getting cut from a dull knife, then a sharp knife. Also when you are slicing & dicing make sure you're cutting on a level surface. Even cut your potato or tomato perhaps into a square shape so you don't have to work with a wobbly opponent. And curl your non cutting hand so you don't have your hand flat where it can be easily cut. I was hoping to learn how to like make a rose out of a radish but I think I have to take a real class for that.
Well for heavy duty Knife skills maybe I'll just watch "Kill Bill Vol.1" for some inspiration. I'm sure a Hattorio Honzo sword will do the trick. =P.
This is going to be a hard week for me. I have a lot to do & none of it is easy. Rose-colored glasses off, and Grown-Up Face on. I spoke of change and nothing is going to change unless I do something. I think I'm ready. Well, I have to be ready. I'll explain more tomorrow...
I'd like to take a minute to thank the lovely lady over at Dustjacket Attic for giving me my first award, the Kreativ Blogger Award. This made me soo happy!!! I'm going to follow the rules now. I have to tell you 7 things you didn't know about me & pass it to 7 people!
7 things you didn't know about me:
1.) I went to Catholic school til 6th grade.
2.) I actually was the Captain of my high school Cheerleading Squad. And was the most unpopular cheerleader ever. Yeah, Taylor Swift hunny, sometimes the "Cheer Captain" doesn't get the guy either.
3.) I'm terrified of the E.T. Ya know the alien movie with the plant, Drew Barrymore, the E.T. Phone home? I'm petrified of that movie. I actually will run out of a room and scream if it's on the TV.
4.) I love train rides. I always feel like I'm going to some other world and it's just so relaxing.
5.) I believe in Past Lives. I've met too many people & on that first meeting I've felt like I've known them forever or some time before. And there are definitely things you just can't explain.
6.) I can play the piano, but I can't read sheet music. Maybe I'm dyslexic or something because the notes on the pages just get all scrambled to me, but my grandmothers both taught me how to play by ear.
7.) When I was 8, I accidentally bumped the actress Brooke Shields with the door at Planet Hollywood in Atlantic City. She had walked in before me, and I pushed the door into her back. SORRY BROOKE!! I had no idea who she was at the time.
I'd like to pass on this award to 7 people:
The GREEN in me
Wandering Thoughts of a Scientific Housewife
I know, right?
Life in Quotations
Oh Don't Forget to Enter my Giveaway!! Here's the link to the post.
My Dirty Dancing Eye Make-up Compact Giveaway!!