Monday, November 23, 2009

Tour de France - in the Kitchen

Yesterday, I attended my first cooking class. It wasn't so much a cooking class as a cooking club. 14 people met in the local community college to cook 6 dishes from various regions of France. On the menu:

Onion Soup - Paris
Endive Salad - Picardy (North East)
Quiche Lorraine - Lorraine (Mid-East)
Basque Chicken - Basque country (South West)
Gratin Dauphinoise - Dauphiné (South East)
Norman Apple Tart - Normandy (North West)

My "team" was responsible for the Endive Salad with Roquefort and Walnuts, as well as the Apple Tart for dessert. While I can't really say I learnt all that much about the secrets of French Cuisine, I certainly had an entertaining Sunday morning. And I got to eat 6 dishes from 6 different regions.

While I'm not a dessert person, and I wasn't blown away by the Gratin (it's scalloped potatoes without the cheese), there were some dishes that I enjoyed. I may have discovered a way to eat endives (I normally hate them). In the next few weeks, I have a feeling I will be making the Onion Soup, and maybe the Basque Chicken. I'll post recipes as well, so everyone can have their own culinary Tour de France.

This event was co-hosted by the Volkshochschule Heidelberg, and the 4th annual Französiche Woche (French Week).


Jhonny walker said...

cooking school sounds fun!

Murasaki Shikibu said...

This sounds like a good way to get other people to make other courses for you so you can have a multi-course meal. Looking forward to the recipe for the Basque Chicken. It sounds good already!

Erica said...

I would love to do something like that! Sounds fun :)

taste traveller said...

It was OK, not what I was expecting, but OK.
Murasaki: I think you're right - the point must have been to cook a multi-course meal in 1 hour. I'll post the recipe soon.

Amanda said...

I love the idea of a cooking club! I wonder if there are ''classes'' like this available where I live...or, I suppose I could start one myself! :)

Looking forward to the recipes you'll post!

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