“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” ~ Harry S Truman.
Whilst on our Rhine cruise, we were given the opportunity to tour the ship’s galley. The first thing that struck me as I walked in, was how very hot it was in there. No wonder our chef’s face was so flushed.
This huge cauldron of what was destined to be potato soup, was bubbling away like crazy, and I couldn’t get too close to it because of the intense heat.
There was lots of peeling and chopping going on, and there didn’t seem to be much space to work in.
I wondered how long it took to peel this mountain of potatoes, and was glad I didn’t have to do it.
With a hundred and eighty passengers to feed, there was no time for slacking, but I did get a smile from this guy.
In here where they were busy making the desserts, it was rather chilly.
They were always delicious and beautifully presented.
They even found the time to make my Mom-in-law a birthday cake.
All the drinks were stored under lock and key, so no drinking on the job.
I was disappointed that there wasn’t much else to see, apart from these jugs and dishes,
and this hob and oven, which is far less fancy than mine.
I guess all the perishable food was out of sight in the massive refrigerator and freezer. I left that kitchen wondering just how they managed to come up with all the different and totally delicious dishes for three full meals a day for so many people. They certainly did deserve the applause they got on our last night aboard.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. I may not be around for the next few days, as my laptop has to go to the ‘Apple Hospital’. It needs a keyboard transplant, as I’ve worn out some of the keys. Too much blogging, I guess. 🙂
No such thing as too much blogging 🙂 Thanks for the peek into the ship’s kitchen. I would go mad. I can’t stand it when people come into my kitchen. They can sit on the other side of the work space, drink wine and chat, but that’s where they must stay! 😀 We have a friend who was a chef on a navy sub – that would do my head in 😆
PS – your MIL didn’t teach PT at Penzance Primary School in Durban, by any chance?
Hehehe….. I agree with you. I just wish I had more blogging hours in the day. Hubby is allowed in my kitchen because he does all the peeling and chopping for me. 🙂
No, my MiL has never worked since she got married in 1933, and a more unlikely PT teacher I couldn’t imagine. 😆
My nephew has been a chef on various ships as well as on a train. they get used to tiny spaces and that unbelievable heat
I don’t think I would ever get used to that heat, sidey. I wouldn’t be able to concentrate on what I was supposed to be doing.
I’m sure I would go muzzy in the head
Me too. 😯
Not the best post to view at twenty to six in the evening on an empty stomach AD, now my planned supper seems so ordinary 😦
Oops! Sorry, optie. 🙂
Geez, Adin! Why are bothering them!? Ooops I need to calm down. Ahihihi … 😀 😉
Part of what I do here in Japan is do checks for safety stuffs, and I have to go in the kitchen every week. I always get a Konichiwa coupled by a bow by at least one of the crews.
Darn those are delicious looking food!
They didn’t seem to mind my peeking into their kitchen, Rommel. I had to look up the word “Konichiwa.” I thought it was something nice to eat. 😀
It’s interesting to see what they can achieve despite the facilities. The food looks amazing. 🙂
Yes it is amazing, Inga. I do admire them all. 🙂
Wonderful birthday cake and your mom-in-law is adorable!
Yes she is, and the cake was a big surprise. 🙂
With only about a dozen galley slaves, it is amazing that they keep all that moving!
Imagine producing those masterpieces on a route where Rock ‘n Roll happened!
Hahaha. The only rockin ‘n rolling was on the dance floor. 🙂
That is truly amazing. How organized that crew mist be to feed so many, 3 times a day. That kitchen really does run like a well-oiled machine. Thanks for this glimpse behind the curtain.
Thanks so much. I’m glad you enjoyed the revelation. 🙂
If I had to sigh now, I bet you’d know exactly what it’s for 😉
Hehehe. I ate all those desserts. 🙂
We take so many things for granted. Ordinarily we would hardly spare a thought for the kind of responsibility chefs would have in large Cruise ships where more than 5000 people need to be catered for on a 24X7 basis.
I therefore need to acknowledge you for this post which did make me ponder on the above aspect.
This is so true, Shakti. The people behind the scenes really do deserve our recognition for all their hard work. I was so glad that this was the case on our cruise. Everyone was brought out on the last night, so that we could all show our appreciation. 🙂
Look forward to seeing you back soon with a rejuvenated Apple….
All fixed in double quick time. 🙂
No way I could be a chef! Can’t even flip an egg 🙂 Lost in admiration.
We’ll catch up when you’re repaired 🙂
Thought of you this morning when I was flipping the flippin’ eggs for breakfast. 🙂
Commercial kitchens are something else. Can you imagine if you were on the QE2 how big it would be?
Yes they are, Tandy. I’d love to see the kitchen on the QE2. It would be so fascinating. What a good reason for taking such a cruise. 🙂
Awesome and Delicious Post my friend , Love it 🙂
Thanks so much, Jake. 🙂
I prefer eating to cooking 😀
Yes, I know you do. 🙂
Amazing how they manage to keep everything so clean and tidy! Still can’t get over how young your mom in law looks!! 🙂
Thanks, Madhu. Yes it was all ship shape and sparkling clean.I wonder what it looked like a couple of hours later as they prepared for the Captain’s Dinner?
Sounds hot! So nice that they made a cake for your MIL 🙂
Scorching hot. Yes, she was really surprised when they came with the cake and sang to her. 🙂
They deserve the applause, certainly looks like hard work. Hope “Apple Hospital” finds a cure for your laptop:-). Have a great weekend AD.
Thanks, Cocoa. I’m most impressed. I had my Mac back the same day and it’s like new. No charge either. 🙂
can’t think it is a regular occurrence for them to have a passenger celebrating her 100th birthday 😀
They said it was the first time. 🙂
Nice behind the scenes pics! Have a great weekend and hope your apple is on the mend soon
Thanks, Dallas. Apple service is great. Only took a few hours to replace the whole top cover, keyboard and track pad. They also gave me a new power supply. All under warranty. I’m a fan for life. 🙂
I’d rather prefer being in the cool side where the desserts are made for sure AD. 😆 I can’t stand the heat and take my hat off for that chef and everyone in that hot kitchen for sure. Great shots and thanks for sharing. 😀 *big hugs*
Thanks so much, Sonel.:) I was shocked at how hot it was in that kitchen. It was like being right next to a furnace. I have great respect for those chefs. Hugs back to you. xx
AD such sharp well composed photos, bringing the kitchen into life. Fascinating post. Thanks
Thanks so much. I appreciate your kind comment. 🙂
I loved the quote too dear AD. Photographs made me hungry now 🙂 I haven’t had my breakfast yet…. Thank you, have a nice day, love, nia
Thanks, Nia. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. 🙂 xx
The quote is perfect. I think that the chef and his staff are heroes. Amazing how they manage to feed such a big group daily.
Thanks so much, Imelda. They did a great job, and always with a smile. 🙂
Too much blogging is never a bad thing! 🙂 Love the tour of the galley. I find it fascinating how they do all they do and so beautifully. Wow!
I agree with you, Angelia. 🙂
Thank you for sharing this. I have been wondering the same how they manage to do this. In away, it is amazing (I assumed the taste is not compromised).
You’re welcome, YC. Everything tasted wonderful. 🙂
Interesting, I was almost once working on a cruise ship as I was in the hospitality business. Nice of them to let you have a look and take pictures. I would have loved to be in the desserts kitchen…… hmmmm and they all look gorgeous.
Hahaha…. I don’t think you’d be allowed to help yourself to the desserts, Ute. 🙂
Pretty cool that you got to go behind the scenes.
And- how nice of them to make your mil a bday cake 🙂
Don’t have to tell me twice to stay out of the kitchen. Especially after having go up in flames once already!
Oh, that sounds rather scary, RoSy. You do sound like a bit of a liability in the kitchen. 😀
I am. And- I can’t believe that a cousin invited me to her holiday tamale night just after Thanksgiving. That should be interesting.
It may make for jolly good blog fodder. 🙂
Amazing that you got to take a tour of the kitchens. I’m also astounded at the small space they manage to work in. You do have the most delightful adventures. The cake for MIL was a wonderful touch.
Yes, I was thrilled to get a look at the galley. My MiL was so surprised when they brought the cake in after dinner. We were all stuffed, but had to have a piece each. 🙂
What a gleaming kitchen 🙂
It certainly was, Gilly. 🙂
I think I would more enjoy working in the cooler bakery section for a variety of reasons. 🙂
You don’t surprise me at all, Phil. 🙂
Thanks, Cindy. 🙂
How cool! I love behind-the-scenes peeks.
Thanks so much. 🙂
Those guys must work so hard! I might go work on the ships, but it will not be in the kitchen, that I can guarantee 😉
have a good weekend AD!
I’m sure they do work hard. I think everybody who works on the cruise ships is busy from early morning till late at night. i wouldn’t like to do it.
lucky you, I always saw the Rhine River Cruise ships only from outside 🙂
Yes, I was very lucky. My MiL treated us all. 🙂
I thought the kitchen would be much bigger for some reason. But it is amazing that they can whip up all those tasty dishes in such a small space.
Me too. i was amazed when I saw how small an area they had to work in.
prima cosa ancora complimenti per la nonnina…certo mi sono persa la festa del compleanno durante le mia vacanza, ma appena posso andrò a rivedere i vecchi post, poi, da persona attenta e sensibile quale ti sto conoscendo hai giustamente voluto rendere omaggio a coloro che lavorando rendono più belle e serene le nostre giornate di svago, bravissima!
a presto Ventis
first thing again congratulations for the granny … sure I lost birthday party during my vacation, but as soon as I can I am going to review the old posts, then, by careful and sensitive person who I’m knowing you have rightly wanted to pay tribute to those who worked on the most beautiful and serene make our days of fun, very good!
See you soon
Thanks so much, Ventis, Glad you enjoyed this. 🙂
Looks like a big production. They must be working round the clock since they serve that much food for that many people. Thanks for the tour 🙂
Yes, they work very long hours, Gracie, and did an excellent job. 🙂
Imagine all this ‘cool’ food coming from the hot kitchen…really enjoyed this post. 🙂
Thanks so much, Opalla. 🙂
That was an interesting tour in the kitchen ! … Incredible that they are able to cook all this food for so many guests, on such a small place … // Maria 🙂
Ps / Good luck at the ” hospital ” / Ds
Thanks, Maria. 🙂
All the chefs I’ve met are as mad as cheese – and it’s no wonder 🙂
Hahaha……. Yes I agree. I do love cheese though. 🙂
Cruise kitchen crews work so hard. Simply quite the operation. I wonder how much fresh foods they get at each port.
Yes they must do, Frank. I saw food deliveries coming in every time we were docked.