I cook for my family so I am used to preparing meals for 6, occasionally for 10 to 12 when the extended family is around. I can also feed a group of 20 to 25 people without much difficulty (the first time when I was in my 20s and I prepared paella for 20 at a friend’s house) but this is the first time I will be cooking for 50! And I don’t mean a single meal…
For Love and Affection… as well as to help hubby out when the meal provider did not materialize… I had to fix the menu and prepare the food for the staff and cast of 30 to 50, breakfast, lunch, AND dinner! On short notice at that!
At first it was only dinner, and I had that covered already since I already knew about it a good week before. But barely a day before, I was told breakfast and lunch were needed as well!
Talk about a mad rush!
Of course I didn’t have enough ingredients on hand! And to make things worse, breakfast had to be ready for ship out by 8am, and lunch by 10!!!!
I woke up wayyyyy to early and started preparations – thank goodness for an easy way to make breakfast for a crowd – the tray bake!!!
For once I was glad to have a collection of baking pans (thanks to my mom who passed to me all her baking stuff). I was also happy that I had traded in my tiny, tiny electric oven and got a decently-sized one that could fit a 14×10 pan! (Although I could always use the big gas-fired baby oven if needed!)
I was also grateful for the food processor… and a wonderful assistant, A-te J, and one of hubby’s helpers, Tita A., who was in charge of cooking the rice and packing the food into the food boxes.
For the first breakfast… Spiced Ham and Egg Bake!
2 cups low fat milk
700 grams spiced ham, chopped coarsely
24 slices of melty sandwich cheese
salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 375*F. Grease, line and grease again a 14x10x2-inch baking pan.
Mix the eggs and milk but don’t beat to avoid bubbles. Stir in the coarsely chopped spiced ham. Pour half the mixture into the prepared pan. Place 12 slices of cheese over the egg mixture. Pour the remaining half of the egg-ham mixture over the cheese.
Bake for 30 minutes then rotate the pan. Bake another 20 minutes (or until done) then place the remaining 12 slices of cheese on the top. Return to the oven and use the grill function (to melt and brown the cheese) for about 5 minutes.
Cool slightly then cut into 30 rectangles. Pack into food boxes with rice.
Meanwhile, as breakfast was cooking in the oven, I started slicing the meat into strips for the lunch meal…