This week began with the start of our cooking course. We learn the basics of cooking and making bread dough, pizzas, lasagna, a full roast meal and of course the all important chocolate cookies and vanilla sponge cake. Quest Intake 1 should definitely partake in Masterchef! On one occasion the creating of the food was a lot more enjoyable than actual eating…. Our last night of the course (Wednesday night) we had a potjie competition where both teams slaved the whole day in order to produce the winning stew – the prize being 12 castle lites. Unfortunately, we suspect the tomatoes used by both teams were a bit past their sell by date and many of the brave men of Quest had gut-wrenching stomach cramps the next day.
On Thursday morning we left at the crack of dawn to our new workplace for the next few days on a cattle farm, making a short pit stop on the way at the abitour to see just how our main source of protein ends up as the juicy steak we find on our plates. This was more traumatic for some than others, with the likes of Tim Rath having to go outside as we feared he may have a minor heart attack from the gallons of blood being spilled all over the floor. As well as being quite disturbing this was also very informative and interesting. After this we set off to the cattle farm. We arrived in the middle of nowhere to what did not resemble anything like a ‘campsite’ but we made do and pitched our tents. We spent the rest of the day driving around the farm and learning about the ins and outs of beef farming.
The next day we were split into three groups – all to do different jobs around the farm. The first group walked the veld looking for snares that had been placed by poachers on the farm, the second group was put in charge of erecting a new cattle ramp and the third group spent the day digging trenches in an effort to navigate the underground irrigation system. The sun was brutal on this day and most of us found ourselves with a bright red pigment at the end of a hard day’s work. Needless to say we were rewarded at the end of the day with cokes and doughnuts. On the final morning the groups swapped around and we were given a chance to partake in other tasks – we worked until about 11 o clock in the morning and then packed up and headed back to Quiet Waters, and Quest.