Cooking for Gail's Great Escapes for a week in Montisi will be a new and exciting experience. There will be 16 people sharing a villa for a week, and I am in charge of preparing a few dinners and a party!
Step 1: Plan menus...DONE ( I will be blogging from Italy, but I don't want to give the guests a "sneak peek" of what they will be eating.)
Step 2: Bring my recipes...they are neatly typed, and in plastic sleeves in a binder.
Then it occurred to me...the amounts are in English measurements (cups, ounces and tablespoons), not grams, liters, or ettos, or kilos! Hmmmmmm...
I retyped everything with BOTH measurements, and I will pack my collapsible measuring cups and some measuring spoons. I "practiced" ordering what I will need in Italian.
Step 3: Setting and Equipment
It is one thing to cook for Brad and I or our friends in MY kitchen, with ingredients I know, and all the tools and gadgets I have at my fingertips. I have all the cookware, bakeware, bowls, baking dishes, serving pieces, conveniences, and a stove, cooktop and BBQ I have lots of experience with. Though Brad says I ALWAYS make too much, I am NOT accustomed to 16 or 17 for dinner.
I was able to peek at the kitchen last summer, and I recently did a little research into the kitchen in the villa. It is GORGEOUS, and since the owner loves to cook, it is well-equipped. There is an island, a 5-burner gas stove with oven, travertine counters, and TWO sinks and dishwashers (not counting Brad)! There is even a wood-burning indoor grill! This is NOT a tiny Italian "one-butt" kitchen!
I do know that there is no KitchenAid or heavy duty stand mixer.
There is no Cuisinart or food processor.
I am packing a few NECESSITIES!
I have a favorite knife, coffee scoop, collapsible measuring cups, measuring spoons, my plane grater (think lemons), an egg separator, and aprons. I may need to improvise when I need THREE springform pans on the same night, (there is one in the kitchen) but there is always the Coop or Esselunga!
I understand Jerry is bringing a martini shaker, so we are covered there!
But the kitchen WILL be equipped with a charming Sous Chef: MY very own slicer, dicer, stirrer, chopper, kneader, schlepper, "Brad'll Do It"!