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... the piece de resistance, boning a whole chicken! Well, there was skin and bone flying everywhere, not deliberately! The whole point was to keep the skin intact, some didn't manage to get the chicken out of the plastic without stabbing it! Hilarious!
we then had to move the various bits of meat around to distribute the dark and white meat evenly, place the stuffing on too, the roll it all up i a parcel of skin,then rolled up ...
... easier than pate sucreé to make.
then over to Bernard's kitchen to make desserts: creme brûlée, yes including mega huge blowtorch!, creme caramel, and crepes, as well as a chocolate mousse to die for. Then a bechamel sauce too. Then back to David's kitchen to make the suzettes sauce for the crepes - looks dangerous, then some red wine reduction sauce and some Demi glacé ready for the mushroom sauce tomorrow - this is no holiday!
I have just lost the whole of today's blog for some reason, having spent an hour composing it! Not happy!
Summary only now, as nearly time for breakfast - sorry!
Made Pastry before leaving for market, pâté sucreé, really difficult to handle, sweet pastry, it was for later
Then off to market in Fleurance, ...
... up the leftover bits to make foie gras sausages wrapped in clingfilm, mine is the third from the right!
Also made cassoulet, lovely rustic bean stew, complete contrast to foie gras which is accurate to the last gram, cassoulet you can chuck it all in, and another half an hour cooking won't make any difference. But it is best eaten after a couple of days, so we eat ours on Wednesday.
Going to have to finish this later, time for breakfast and then we are off to the market ...
... prune festival! Saw a sign for an Ibis hotel but of course 'complet' this doesn't look good but the receptionist told us of another & they had a room. The manager at the Hotel Provence was the nicest man, helped with the bikes to the garage & couldn't help us enough. We got everything washed & headed off to the centre, on the way found an Indian restaurant - couldn't get any better. Actually ...