Hotel Le Regina
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... summarizes our day (and, to be honest, the rest of the week as well.)
The day was a bit of a whirlwind, In addition to enjoying ourselves, Sidney and Allison also want to make sure that we learn a lot while we are here. We jumped back and forth between making multiple different kinds of ganache and macaron shells, madelines, brioche, croissant and chocolate glaze and 3 kinds of meringue!
Alison showed us how to assemble ...
... creme brulee, vanilla amarula ice cream and the smoothest sorbet that I have ever tasted.
We created and sampled contrasting breads: soft dinner rolls (melt in your mouth) and fougasse (a great dipping bread). It was a great experience being able to directly compare (taste) different types of recipes to see how each could best be used.
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 ...
Day 25 - Monday, 29th September, 2014
We were out of Limoges fairly early today as we had a couple of things to do.
Firstly, we went to Oradour-sur-Glane, the scene of a Nazi atrocity on 10th June, 1944, where 642 of its inhabitants including woman and children, were massacred by the German Waffen SS. A German Panzer Unit was making its way north to counter the advance of the Allies at the D day landings. At the same time a ...
After a terrific thunder storm during the night, we left at 9.45 for the 83 miles to this Aire. It was a very different journey as the scenery was quite flat compared to the previous journeys. However, we arrived by 1205 which was good. This Aire is in the car park of the town and you are right outside the school. It says that ...