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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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Le Cordon Bleu Week V – Le Petit Canard

November 6, 2010 | 5 Comments

There are few things more intoxicating than the smell of butter. Melting, sizzling, baking, butter has been my great love for many years, along with its companion… cream they simply make life worth living. That...

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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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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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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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