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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 ...
... at about 97%! AND then the rain came, in torrents, all night. We had to resort to the Hobbit, part two and we enjoyed that again. Now in the inevitable MacDonald's as our wifi deal with 3 using a mifi system is not working so Sue on Skype, 45 minutes so far, trying to get help. 3 have set up a deal with France (not sure which company) for a shared use but it is not being shared with ...
... 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 ...