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Production Kitchen, LBC - Food Gypsy

Food Gypsy TV has Arrived!

December 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

Welcome to Food Gypsy TV. In this a rare (hilarious) behind the scenes glimpse into Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa, from the heart of the college; the Production Kitchen with Food Gypsy (Corinna Horton) as...

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Graduation Pin, Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa - Food Gypsy

Le Cordon Bleu, Graduation Round 1

December 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

On December 17, 2010 we gathered in Ottawa’s National Arts Centre as one, student body.  We were fewer than when we began three months ago – wiser for the experience and slightly thicker around the middle. ...

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Sharpened Knives - Food Gypsy

Le Cordon Bleu, Exam Day

December 13, 2010 | 3 Comments

It all boils down to this.  How much have you learned?  How far have you come?  Can you now step up and be confident enough, solid enough within yourself and the new knowledge imparted over...

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Basic Cusine, Kitchen Brigade(Photo Credit - Juan Carlos Araya Salazar)

Le Cordon Bleu, Week X – BREATHE!

December 8, 2010 | 1 Comments

Forgive my (uncharacteristic) brevity.  Had a horrid weekend as I cram for finals for Basic Cuisine, plagued with self doubt, when a friend reminded me –  “Gypsy, it’s just cooking!  Hell, you’ve done that DRUNK!”  So...

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Le Cordon Bleu, Week IX – Members Only

December 3, 2010 | 2 Comments

I remember the first day I slipped into the white jacket with blue piping and embroidered crest of Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa. It was a day that was two years in the...

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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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Ching Wan Hung, Chinese Medicine - Food Gypsy

Essentials in the kitchen – Burn Treatment

November 19, 2010 | 5 Comments

When you work with fire, chances are, sooner or later you’re gonna' get burned. Ching Wan Hung (also written “Jing Wan Hung”) Chinese burn ointment. I have a big tub of it in my...

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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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Duck Fat, Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa - Food Gypsy

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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