*Note to self-smoked haddock leaves fishy taste in your mouth. rinse mouth immediately. (2mins later) ahhhhh, thank you toothpaste for getting that taste out of my mouth. I, for the most part, never have problems with any kind of food. I take pride in trying new foods and tastes, but this particular fish I had for breakfast at my hotel, was the most repulsive thing I put in my mouth in long time. But the old couple i was sitting next to ordered the same thing and was raving that this particular dish was good. "better then usual,not so salty" says the old man with his fancy welsh accent. (btw, Welsh is one of heaviest accents I've heard. its up there with Liverpool-maybe worse). This makes me sound like a hater and I'm not. I've meet the nicest people in Wales. Its just like i said note to self.
So, lets get on with the program and talk about cooking. I know this says "cooking in hotel rooms blah blah blah" but sometimes i will cook outside of my hotel room. Gasp! shocked? who am i kidding, anybody who is reading my "blog" are my friends and have known me for years (except for Star in the office who i met very briefly-she might be reading this). Sometimes, i get lucky and have the opportunity to cook at location and for the rest of crew. And when i say "cook" it can mean assembling various things and heating it up. This time its grilled cheese! And every time i think of grilled cheese it makes me think of you Lindsay. okay moving on. So, Megan, my trusted co-pilot, sous chef, keeper of time, is coming with me to Morrisons (its like Ralph's but better) an hour before my call time. Before i go, i make a metal note of all the things i need, bread, cheese, butter, you know the usual suspects. Quick and Simple right? A-ah, i can't decide from wheat or white, block of cheese or sliced and salted or unsalted butter. At one point, I'm reading the label of i can't remember what! So, here comes Megan, making quick decisions and gently rushing me towards the counter. After several minutes of fumbling through the self check out counter, we made it out in 40 minutes. At the location, i carve out a little nook for my cooking in the "kitchen" area. I'm using " " because it only has a mini fridge and a sink. Carrying on, Megan is helping me with cutting of avocado, tomatoes, red onions while i butter the bread and assembly cheese for 10 hungry crew. I'm making some with tomatoes and avocado. Here is where it starts to get little problematic. First, i used the good pan to heat up the tomato & basil soup i bought at the store. Too small to hold all the soup but I'm thinking maybe this is enough for all 10 Hungry guys. Soup aside, i use the other pan that is actually meant for soups to grill cheese. I guess it would have been alright if the pan just held heat evenly but since it was made of thinner metal it stated to just burn the butter on one side of the bread. I'm thinking Holy shit, the freken cheese is not melting and its making way too much smoke coming out of the pan. I'm panicking mentally. This is when Megan slides in out of nowhere, looks down and the pan and looks at me and back to looking down at the pan. "Maybe i should open these windows before it sets off the fire alarm" she says worryingly. Somehow, after pushing the bread around the pan, I manage to get the first 2 breads evenly toasted and cheese melted. But there was no way i can finish the remaining 8. So Megan and I quickly change out the soup pan to the good pan. only down side is the good pan can only grill one at a time. By this time, crew is walking in to the kitchen filled with butter and melted cheese aroma, which only makes them even more hungry. I tried to make it as quickly as i can but you can't have grilled cheese if the cheese isn't melted. Slowly but surly, cheese is melting and bread is nice and toasty with butter i was making better grilled cheese by the 5th one. ( sorry for the guys who ate 1-4th one). With only 3 fingers slightly burned, i finished all 10 in less than an hour. Everyone seems to enjoy and i think Chris said it was the best grilled cheese since his childhood or maybe his only grilled cheese since childhood? He speaks so softly that I just nod and take it as a compliment.