This week in the Kitchen at Casey is a busy one, as they all are! We have over 100 people on station at the moment, so between the three of us it keeps us on our toes.
Andrew and I (Jordan) cooked ‘formal dinner’ on Saturday night which was then followed by the premier of the Casey Rock Band “Dirty Curtains” with Andrew being one of the singers of the group. Teen Spirit by Nirvana was a big hit, with many people rocking out to it.
For the past two days Andrew has been out completing his field travel training, with the bluebird skies, the conditions were perfect. Dom was one of the unofficial photographers of Saturday night and enjoyed himself in moderation as he had to get up to cook all the revellers their brunch on Sunday morning. This being Dom’s first season in Antarctica, he has been trying to get out of the kitchen as much as possible to see the sights.
Survival training and trips to Reeves Hill and Shirley Island have been enjoyed immensely, although he cannot wait to do field travel training and go for an iceberg cruise.
I am on the morning shift this week and today I had a big baking day: 31 loaves of bread, 140 pies and 80 cookies, all before smoko! This being my second consecutive summer here at Casey I don’t have to do a lot of the training, however I have managed to get over to Shirley Island to visit the penguins a number of times and last week drove a Hägg to and from Wilkins to help with the Minister and media visit.
The three of us are very much looking forward to resupply, which, if everything is on schedule, should be starting this weekend! We have managed very well with the stock that was left for us by Donna (the 2016 winter chef — thanks Donna!) but we have run out of a few things and are getting very low on other things, so resupply can’t happen soon enough!
As soon as resupply is finished we will get stuck into the Christmas celebration feast prep and then enjoy the fruits of our labour with the rest of the station. We are also excited to have a day off together on Boxing Day (the only day all summer that all three chefs have off at the same time).
Casey Kitchen Team