Some say we are the Dream Team. It gives us a lot to live up to. I think that we managed to liveup to our reputation last Friday.
When we pick the teams for Friday lunch every three months, we put all the names in a “hat” and the first four are the Captains. Names are pulled and assigned to each team sequentially until all the names have been pulled. Sometimes that results in some teams having more members than others. But that doesn’t matter; once the names are pulled the deal is done. Nor do we change team members based on kitchen skill. That tends to make it kind of interesting.
There have been occasions where one team has had very few seasoned cooks and we always feared the worst, but those teams always surprised us and turned out tasty and unique lunches. Now we don’t worry about it, it’s just part of the fun of working together and overcoming obstacles.
Then there are those times when it seems the deck is stacked in favour of one team over the others…that is the case with one team this draft round. It happens to be the team that I am on. When it was formed, staff called it the Dream Team. Four of us really know our way around the kitchen and the fifth is an enormous help in setting up the board room, clean up and prep.
Now you would think that being the Dream Team would make it a lot easier for us to come up with interesting and tasty things to feed 20 people that does not interfere with us getting our regular work done. You’d be wrong though. I think it actually makes things tougher on us. The expectations are very high and it can be a case of too many cooks in the kitchen.
Last week, our Captain and I didn’t want to barbecue, but Steve did and he’s the boss so we barbecued. So we told him to come up with the idea for the main and we would take care of the sides and dessert. The problem is that Steve likes to satisfy everyone so things usually get a little more complicated. You will understand when I tell you what the menu was.
Our lunch was actually really, really good. It was late (blush) but it was tasty, well cooked and plentiful. There were beef, pork and chicken shish kabob with onions, mushrooms, peppers and cherry tomatoes. There were several types of sausage and there were even a couple of hamburgers…just in case. The sides consisted of couscous cooked in chicken broth with green onion and red peppers and a Greek salad. There was Tzatziki to dip the shish kabobs in and to go with the couscous. Dessert was three small cakes. One was chocolate fudge, one was carrot and the other was lemon… I probably should have gotten more cake though because there were not any leftovers to enjoy later in the afternoon and I think people missed that.
I think that we definitely lived up to expectations, but then the efforts of all our teams are appreciated. So if you ever happen to find yourself up in Ottawa on a Friday at lunchtime, stop by for a meal. We would love to have you join us and you won’t be disappointed!