Les Loges du Parc
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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!!!
... 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 ...
... plus the rest of the bottle of wine , chatted to the English couple the next table , took our left overs with us for lunch and sans dinner but with cholesterol levels at stratospheric levels retuned to our lodgings.
A very good breakfast and a 45 minute chat with the proprietors wife started what was to be day day punctuated by as series of minor balls ups . First off a wrong turn set our trip to Villandry back 15 minutes or so . The next nail biter was ...
... 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 ...