Kitchen Tales

Dear Kermit - We both knew this would happen sooner or later. Cooking at a French school, we were bound to encounter the distasteful task of cooking frog. To be more exact... frog legs....

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Le Cordon Bleu students, Susan Douglas & Nicole Diotte - Food Gypsy

Le Cordon Bleu, Week VII – In the heat

November 22, 2010 | 1 Comments

“If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.” ~ Harry S. Truman No question that enrolling in Le Cordon Bleu is among the most challenging and rewarding things I’ve ever done.  Past the...

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Grilled beef rib with compound butter - Food Gypsy

Le Cordon Bleu, Week VI – Crackin’ the Books

November 15, 2010 | 4 Comments

The daily walk to school through the city's core - over the Rideau Canal, past the campus of Ottawa U to the big yellow mansion that is Le Cordon Bleu - is my solace. ...

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Hollandaise Sauce Ingredients - Food Gypsy

Homework – Hollandaise Sauce 101

November 12, 2010 | 3 Comments

Crakin' the books. Have to admit I can't find fault with making hollandaise sauce as homework. Thought I'd share, one never knows when on might be pressed into sauce making. Emergency brunches spring...

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“We don’t teach you recipes, we teach you techniques.” – Chef Gilles, Instructor, Le Cordon Bleu. So, down to brass tacks.  It’s lovely to go off on a soliloquy of foodie swooning… warm buttery walls...

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Souffle glace a l'orange - Food Gypsy

The Many Flavours of LIFE

October 26, 2010 | 4 Comments

“Tell me how it tastes… is it salty or sweet?  Is it bitter or is it bland?  Did you even… taste it?” When was the last time you slowly licked the bowl?  When was the...

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Week Two at Le Cordon Blue (Basic Cuisine) is decidedly different from the first.  The first required nightly emotional bolstering and large quantities of wine.  I found myself completely lacking in all those food stuffs...

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Roatan, Honduras.  No plans.  No reservations.  No local currency and not a care in the world.  I never travel like that.  I’m a planner.  I like to know.  I like to think about it and...

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Mrs. Dolse Conner, Roatan - Food Gypsy

Roatan, Honduras – Island Cooking

October 10, 2010 | 18 Comments

Deep in the Caribbean in the Bay Islands off Honduras is a living gem – Roatan, Honduras. A day of adventure and Island Cooking....

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Day Three – Le Cordon Bleu, Ottawa (BASIC CUSINE) First day in the kitchen and our first day with new knives. The first day I heard the butter sing....

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Chef Silvano Cruz, Cuba - FG

Feeding a Four Star Army

August 21, 2010 | 3 Comments

Chef in Profile: Executive Chef, Silvano Cruz - Sol Cayo Largo, Cuba On the shores of Cuba’s Cayo Largo de Sur - a tiny island in the Caribbean off the south west...

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Le Cordon Bleu pen - Food Gypsy

The most expensive pen… EVER

August 15, 2010 | 9 Comments

From the heart of Canada’s western fruit belt, the beautiful Okanagan, there came a sudden change in plan. I’d set my heart on further gallivanting, visiting and general merriment when there sprang to light the...

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