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To quote The Simpsons: Best. Day. Ever!
Today we tackled 4 of the biggest M's in pastry:
- Madelines and
Desserts often require the production of multiple individual components that are brought together into a delicious creation at the end of the process. That statement ...
... pastry was used to create a classic Napolean (or Mille-feuille). After lamb shanks (in Morrocan inspired sauce, falling off the bone) the passion fruit creme brulee was served with a raspberry sorbet - the contrasting flavours played beautifully against each other. To me, a well prepared creme brulee is absolute and undeniable perfection.
What a fantastic first day!
After a breakfast of freshly baked croissant, aromatic French cheese and saucisson, we dove right into making a praline pastry cream.
What followed was a tour of the major players of French pastry - puff pastry, pate sablee (to make a creme brûlée tart), choux pastry, profiteroles and crouqembouche. We even made a sourdough base bread (from apples!) to use later in the ...
... our change in coins we were off.
Villandry is famous for its garden ,huge formal and to give you an idea 52 kms of box hedge , 14 full time gardeners , lots more casual and 2 hours for 2 tear stained garden lovers to walk around , every thing was perfect from the lawns to the vegetable " patch" it really did make you want to weep. We gave the building a miss.
Back to Loches to have look at the chateau etc in the town finished our dinner from the night before and walked ...
... was being held by the French Resistance. The Germans decided to take retribution against the inhabitants of Oradour. On the above date, they sealed off the town and gathered up all the males and led them to a barns where they were all shot in the legs. When none of them could move they were covered with fuel and burnt alive. The woman and children were taken to the village church and an incendiary device was ignited. When they tried ...