Last week I was on the station 4, which was pie station. I’ve had so much fun, even though I made several mistakes, but I learned a lot from it.
There was two things surprised me in the past week. First thing is what I found baking is so similar to my old job–journalist, both of need care about detail and time.
As a journalist, if you got news later than others, when the news not new, it worthless, so does baker, if you didn’t serve your hungry customers, they will become to angry customers, on another hand, we also need to care about details, for newspaper, small error can cause huge different, baker too, baker make healthy and delicious food not fast food, these all about detail.
Second thing is I can’t believe I made those pies just by my own, whatever beautiful or ugly, when I took a blueberry pie to home, share with my family, they were enjoyed and proud of me, that makes me feel happiness and fulfillment.
For me, the big challenging in baking is English, I’m pretty sure; it will be much easier to understand in Chinese, all kinds of name of ingredients, methods and products. It was confused. I think only one way to solve this problem, work harder in English.
But another biggest challenging is time management, Actually, I thought I had a perfect planning for the past week to done every product, unfortunately, end of the day I didn’t have time to finish my poor open face cherry pie, because, we spend some time for theory and counseling, that I didn’t considered.
For this problem, there are some ideas for solve it: Prioritize my baking stuff on those that are important, it means before the start of the day, make a list of products that need my immediate attention as unimportant products can consume much of my precious time. Some works need to be done on that day while others could be carry forward to next day. Avoid stress, when I accept more work than my ability, the result is that my body starts felling tired which can affect my productivity. I got bad experience from last week, I knew waxy maize is different with cornstarch, but that time I can’t found waxy maize while I hurried to finish my blueberry pie, I just used cornstarch instead of waxy maize, in fact, and I have to leave some time for relaxation. Avoid multitasking, I always believe that multitasking is an efficient way of getting things done, from baking I realized that not true, in fact, I’ll do better when I focus and concentrate on one thing. While I kneading dough I thought maybe I can creaming butter and sugar in mixer, but after 10 minutes I got trouble not cream, I won’t do it again. Start early, if I want to have a nice day and done everything fluently, I should start my day early as it gives me time to think and plan the day, to know the recipe well.
Anyway, keeping mind clearly whatever how many pieces work waiting you to finish; time management; enjoy my work these are what I learned from working on my own in last week. I believe I’ll do better from now on.