Chef vs Doc

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This week at Casey: 12 April 2013

9:00am (Yes, I know. 9am! Doctors don’t get out of bed real early down here!)

The monthly medical list goes up.

Game on!

Doctor Chad in This week at Casey (8 March 2013) painted me – the chef – as the “resident evil”, the temptation, leading the minions (food pun) astray. I prefer to think of myself as the angel of mercy, a provider of comfort food to these poor lost and lonely souls. In fact on several occasions I have heard the words “That mother of the evil doer!” when I have walked into the room - clearly a reference to my caring and nurturing ways!

But I digress. As Chad has pitched this as a battle of good against evil, then let the battle begin!

The Doc has been encouraging everybody on station to do something called “P90X”. What a sub-par Leyland car from the 70s has anything to do with exercise is beyond me, but hey, he is American! His goal is to get the total station weight down over the course of the year. My goal, however, is to give them dining experiences they will hopefully never forget.

Anyway everybody (well mostly everybody apart from a few stoic trenchermen) have been exercising madly and all feeling pretty good about themselves -until dinner time that is. Then the fun begins! You see, it is at dinnertime that they reveal their true nature, trough beasts all of them. Like Woo’s pigs in Deadwood, there is very little these guys won’t eat. Some like “Micky TWO Plates” and "Matty the Viking" have an inane propensity to consume everything in front of them. Some poor souls try and kid themselves with baby plates, only to pile them up to the point of overflowing.

"Oh that’s right! Today is your “cheat day” or day off from exercise." Sure it is. You just keep telling yourself that. Others often need a little more encouragement. Missing that “Tuesday night down at the pub parmy”? Not a problem, I can fix that! How about a juicy rib fillet with a wild mushroom sauce? A Tassie scallop pie? Perhaps a crème brulee or rich chocolate fondant is more to your taste? Don’t be shy boys – you can have it all – and don’t forget seconds. I’m here to help.

On some rare occasions there is a triumph of will power brought on by a guilty glance in the mirror. Thankfully I have the never ending “chocolate genie” to fall back on. (See below)

Monthly medicals before Easter, what was the doc thinking? Hot cross bun anyone? How about a chocolate egg?

Chef Scotty

Chad with a green down jacket sitting on a table with a cup cake in front of him
Really! The doc is faced with a delectable and scrumptious muffin, a…
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Chad filling his plate with food
It's only a small plate
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
A sign with a diet advice hanging on the mess saying "Eat a bar of chocolate before each meal, It'll take the edge off your appetite and you'll eat less."
Best advice
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Scotty writing up the menu on a white board in the mess
Writing up today's menu
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Picture of food for lunch in a bain marie
Lunch is the second best part of the day, closely behind dinner…
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Ben, Andy and Aaron happily smiling or laughing around the lunch table
Everyone is always happy when food is around
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Picture of bread rolls with a blurry background of salad
More food
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Tim eating dinner with a smile
Timmy enjoying his dinner
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Matt eating ice cream
Viking Matt pillaging the ice cream with left over muffin
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Close up of Matt
A full Viking is a happy Viking
(Photo: Michael Salinas)
Aaron filling up the chocolate box
Aaron, the chocolate genie
(Photo: Scott Bryce)
A full box of chocolate bars
Like magic, it's full
(Photo: Scott Bryce)
Hot cross buns
Hot cross buns anyone?
(Photo: Scott Bryce)
Chad scooping some ice cream
Really! Unlimited supply of flavoursome ice cream with a massive choice of…
(Photo: Scott Bryce)
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