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... then proceeded to demonstrate a few 'over the top' presentation techniques that illustrate the precision, creativity and finesse exhibited by professional pastry chefs.
Sidney put a layer of glaze on Tuesday's layered mousse dessert that looked like a chocolate mirror. All of the components that we have been working on over the course of the week are starting to come together. Can't wait for the grande finale tomorrow night!!!
... 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 ...
... France, other atrocities and the circumstances and result of the atrocity of 10th June, 1944.
The museum was very interesting and informative.
We then entered the original village which is a very sobering experience. Everything has more or less been left as it was after the massacre became known to the world. There are burnt out and rusted cars in the streets and in garages. The bakers shop still has rusted scale ...