Where else is there a public holiday for a horse race but Australia? Good food https://youtu.be/3XAAJec4WDg is a key part of the celebrations that start days earlier and carry on for more.
I was visiting the renowned local catering college, Holmesglen https://www.holmesglen.edu.aus
as they were preparing a special meal for the “ladies who lunch” festivities of Oaks Day. The event gives the ladies a chance to slip in to their finery and celebrate away from the racetrack – without their stilettos sinking in to the grass!
Students from all stages of their training were creating a menu of suitably elegant sophistication: ceviche of snapper and salmon followed by wafer-thin smoked beef with cured egg yolk. The kitchens were so awash with the noise of determined chefs that I ended up doing an interview in a store cupboard.
But the main reason that my host, fellow former Royal Navy Commander Colin, had arranged the college visit was to see the hospitality and catering training undertaken by members of the Australian Defence Forces. It all fitted with the Navy theme of the Holman prize and my own military background. Security was tight so we didn’t film the students but I was invited to give them a short talk about my own time in uniform – heaven knows what all those young people thought about this old blind woman. I must have seemed a totally alien being to them!
Next time, back to a home kitchen and I learn about the legendary Thermamix – and whether this ultimate kitchen gadget can work for a blind person.