LA CUISINE PARIS!
A French cooking class in Paris, is not something I would normally consider, but when a lady called Nancy from tripadvisor invited me to join her along with two other friends, Mary Kay and Jane, I thought it would be an interesting experience.
I wasn’t wrong. The chef took us though the preparation and cooking of classics, Gratin Duphinois,( potatoes in a creamy garlicky sauce) Fricassee de volaille au cidre et pommes caramelisees. ( fricasee of chicken and mushrooms with cider and caramelised apples) and finally Poire Belle Helene (poached pears in spices with chocolate sauce.
with a lot of audience participation after which we hungrily devoured the lot!
Lets get to the chocolate!
The lovely and knowledgeable, chef Julie kept her cool while about ten women snapped photos, chatted, networked and got distracted.
The one thing I learned was how to caramelise mushroom (and other things)
Have the food at room temperature before cooking,
Use a hot pan,
cook in small batches
add salt and lemon, just before taking out of the pan.
I also learned
…how to make chocolate ganache.
…how much cream and salt goes into French cooking.
..and how on earth do they stay so slim? !!!!
DeniseLove from Paris.
Highly recommended! and Julie also can be booked as a private chef!