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... back for a BBQ and a few glasses of well earned vino. Tomorrow it's off to our friends Ellie and Derek's in Linxe for a couple of days about 4 hours south of here for her unmentionable birthday party, hopefully we can hook up to her wifi and upload this, cos the internet here is free, therefore you can't get on!!!!The wind got up, the clouds came over, we spent half an hour discussing if it was goina rain, it's 30 degs hot and humid but giant spots are coming down, yup it's ...
... spots to perfection. Literally every 5kms along country roads, there is a pull-off spot complete with shade trees, picnic tables and benches and rubbish bins. On the motorways, there are very elaborate rest stops (called aires de service) about every 50kms, complete with gas stations, restaurants, bathrooms, stores, ATMs and outside picnic areas.
We disembark from the Ferry at 8.00 and set off for Poitiers. We stay at the hotel Clos de la Ribaudiere in Chasseneuil du Poitou just north of Poitiers. We nave a dinner, bed and breakfast rate which includes a beautiful four course dinner. It also includes a glass ...
... 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.