With most everyone engaged in some sort of remote or online learning, I too took the plunge and enrolled in The French Pastry Course, one of the latest offerings from my go-to learn how to cook sites Rouxbe.
I’ve completed the Professional Cook Certification course with a grade of 95% and have enrolled in the the Professional Plant-Based Certification currently having a grade of 52% (yikes! final submissions and three- hour final exam heavily weighted) and having completed 91% of the course work. Not sure why I haven’t pushed through and finished, maybe it’s just that plant-based eating requires so much more planning and discipline than I can currently muster up for myself and when cooking for my family. Sure, we eat plants and I try and include them in every meal, even breakfast at times, just not sure why I just can’t finish the curriculum.
No matter, I’ve now got pastry, and bread making, and confection decorating activities to master! Bring on the butter, eggs, and sugar please.
Yesterday for one of the first required submissions I put together the New York Times Heirloom Tomato tart, it was really quite good. I had made this in August when my college girls were home, they absolutely adored it, I miss them so much. Their colleges have taken different approaches this fall, Peanut started out with remote and some in-person classes and is now completely remote, and Lizzie still having some in-person classes and even play practice with her other classes also being remote.
I’ve been doing online learning for years; they have had to adjust. Peanut tells me it’s just not the same as being in a live classroom with your peers and a professor, she loves that environment, and I get it. Lizzie has made tremendous adjustments and even sacrifices, having to give up her hard-earned London based and senior year research thesis project.
With another potential lock-down always looming around, and not really knowing what the fall or holiday season holds for us all, I’ll take comfort in my kitchen with my laptop and stand mixer because for sure I’ll be missing those two while they work through their respective junior and senior college years, probably in their bedrooms with their laptops. Maybe I’ll just have to send sweets to them somehow via contactless delivery.
What a world…simply keeping on and being positive.
Every day dress, back to school.