Who usually makes the “family meals” in your kitchens? And what do you guys normally make with the limited items (available for making family meal) and time? Are there certain people assigned to make it or does everybody take turns?
In our kitchen, we take turns making family meals. There are items that are ordered specifically for family meals (tortillas, various proteins, hamburger/hot dog buns, pasta noodles, etc). And we can use what we need with the vegetables, dairy, and such. When I first started making family meal, I asked the chef which items I can and cannot use for family meal, and he replied “you can use anything,”
“Oh so I can use the caviar?” I sarcastically replied to his “anything” answer.
“No,” he laughed. Well, he shouldn’t have told me “anything” then lol. Or I might have actually served the caviar and Filet Mignon.
There is one fellow who rarely makes family meal when it is his turn. I guess he is lazy and just doesn’t feel like it. He only makes it when he is told. I got really sick of starving every night when it was his turn to cook, so I just started making it for him. And soon, he (and others) was expecting me to make the family meal on the days he was scheduled to be making it. I did get this issue resolved, however. But still, there are more days we starve (when it’s his turn to cook) than days we are actually fed. It’s gotten better though.
I don’t expect family meal to be a glamorous affair. I’ll be happy with something simple and humble as a sandwich or a hot dog. But there are times when the other cooks will serve family meals that are not even edible,- overcooked pasta drowning in heavy cream (it’s like pasta cereal), overcooked and oversalted beef by itself, and once they served some diarrhea looking thing I don’t even know what it was. But it sure tasted like it looked..like shit. I can understand them not wanting to make family meal sometimes. A lot of them work multiple jobs, they are tired, the night was busy and they were pressed on time..They wanted to make something super-quick so they’d have at least something to feed the staff. But it seems like most days, I leave starving (except the days I cook). I usually don’t like the yucky stuff other people make, so I just wait until I get home.
I actually pride myself in the family meals I make. I like to experiment with different dishes (with what is available). And coworkers actually enjoy and look forward to when it is my turn because they know they won’t be served crap. I am interested in hearing about the family meal situations in other kitchens.