This is how a restaurant works ;)

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Every 3 days I go to the Mercato with Timnit, the chef, to buy some vegetables. I have been there many times but every day it surprises me because of the confusion and the ambiance I can see there. The vegetables we can buy there are of good quality and they are very cheap. For example, 1 kg of tomatoes costs 15 birr, about 0.70 euros, or 1 kg onions, 16 birr.

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Here you see the kitchen and the staff working there. Timnit is the chef, who cooks very well, and the other 2 cooks are Alemash and Hiwot. The first week was very stressful because their working rhythm was very different from ours in Europe. But after a few days, they started to work in a more European style; that is, a bit quicker. They can understand the precooking concept to offer a quick service. I’m really happy to work with them. I can see Timnit has been working in a kitchen.

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“Mise en place” is the most important task in the kitchen because it helps you to give a good service. The first day they were not thoroughly acquainted about the precooking and about the service. They, overall Timnit, know only cooking. Nowadays they are learning what precooking means and the reason for it. We practise it every day, but we can only practise it for 6 people. I can see their improvement because in only two weeks they have reduced sharply the time needed to serve a full meal: starter, main course and dessert.

Last Monday I went with Ada, Chapela and Timnit to the Mercato. Apart from buying some vegetables, we bought a chicken….alive!!!!! It was really funny to transport the chicken in the car. We could hear it cooooc coc coc cooc. When I arrived to the lodge it was not funny anymore because they told me that I had to kill the chicken (in Ethiopia only men can kill animals, and after women clean them…..). I was not able no kill it, so finally Desta the accountat did it. Poor chicken, so beautiful. in the picture you can see Timnit preparing the chicken. We ate chicken soup, pasta with chicken and chicken pizza.

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Penny left on Monday. We will miss you Penny!!!

Giovanni Arrigoni

 

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