These Amish women are adept at cooking for a crowd!
Two non-Amish women who work for Oasis were prepping the salads when I arrived, and they put me to work. (I'll just tell you behind my hand, Reader Dear, the hard parts had already been done. I tore up gorgeous fresh lettuce, already washed. Scooped from bowls full of onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, and sweet peppers, all freshly sliced. I had fun!)
Sixty salad plates were prepared, covered with Saran wrap, and put in the cooler. Then someone brought me a jar full of red beet eggs. This is a genuine Amish food, Dear Reader--hard boiled eggs marinating amongst pickled beets. "These should be sliced," I was told. "We'll put them on the salads at the very last minute." Those little eggs were such beauties! But then, so were the Amish children!
But me, as the clock moved closer and closer to noon,
I was pondering all the things that could go wrong.
Suppose I were to drop a whole tray of salads?
(We'd already come up a little short on lettuce, and the Amish woman who lived there had run to her garden and gathered more greens, washed them, and carried them to me.)
Teen-age girls were readying the bread baskets, the butter plates and dishes of jelly. Oasis folks were working on the cheese plates.
Now it was noon. Expected Time of Arrival.
A reporter and cameraman from the local paper had shown up.
Leroy (co-manager of Oasis) was giving them a run-down of the menu, with lots of garnishes thrown in! (Eat lard, all you women! It prevents wrinkles!)
Young Amish women were mashing the potatoes with
an Amish mixer.
Amish boys were filling the glasses with ice.
And Leroy's sister was frying the chicken croquettes!
Thus everything was at the ready when the bus full of chefs pulled in!
From AUSTRIA, Rupert Schnait, Chef in Charge of Official Receptions
CANADA, Timothy Wasylko, Chef to the Prime Minister of Canada
PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, Men JianZhong and Liu Qiang, Chefs to the Great Hall of the People in Beijing
DENMARK, Jesper Vollmer, Chef to Her Majesty Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark
FINLAND, Isto Tahvanainen, Chef to the President of the Republic of Finland
FRANCE, Bernard Vaussion, Chef to the President of the Republic of France
GABON, Charles Ferrier Richardson, Chef to the President of the Gabonese Republic
GERMANY, Ulrich Kerz, Chef to the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
INDIA, Machindra Kasture, Chef to the President of the Republic of India
ITALY, Pietro Catzola and Giovanni Santangelo, Chefs to the President of the Italian Republic
ISRAEL, Shalom Kadosh, Chef in Charge of Official Receptions
MONACO, Christian Garcia, Chef to His Serene Highness Albert II, Soverign Prince of Monaco
POLAND, Grzegorz Rzeszotarski, Chef to the President of the Republic of Poland
SWEDEN, Magnua Rehback, Chef to His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden
SRI LANKA, Anton Brinsley Rohan Fernandopulle, Chef in Charge of Official Receptions
SWITZERLAND, Gregor Zimmermann, Chef in Charge of Official Receptions
THAILAND, Norbert Kostner, Grand Chamberlain for His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand
UNITED KINGDOM, Mark Flanagan, Chef to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
UNITED STATES, Cristeta Comerford, White House Executive Chef
UNITED NATIONS, Dan Lopez, Executive Chef for the Delegates' Dining Room
Ah, Reader Dear...These folks were about to be served a meal in a barn!
(More to come...food, you know,