... or more like a creative challenge...
Got that right,think I have put on a few pounds I blame on the excellent bread,wine and cheese
Bryan, you are so right about the French not having cakes. Every time we visit the UK I MUST have some carrot cake, my favourite. Having said that it's probably not such a bad thing for my figure that the French don't do it. :)
I make cakes too, everything from Christmas cake to millionaire’s shortbread, cup cakes to ginger Parkin. There has to be a “little something” to have with our afternoon cuppa at 5pm.
thanks Jane... we have a really good patisserie in Vaison and it's such a treat to buy their cakes - so i leave puddings to them
but demi-glace is a brilliant idea - just the sort of thing to try and attempt in the freezing snowy weather we have now!
I am a chef ( retired) over the years I have worked the likes of Albert Roux and a few other well known chefs. Since being in France I miss a good curry or a nice plain cake. The french probily make the best pastries in the world what they don’t make are cakes like lemon drizzle,ginger,good old Dundee,Ss that’s my Sunday job a cake a week. The ingredients can be pricey though like glacé cherries or mixed peel.lucky our lemon tree has produced well this year so lemon drizzle has come out oven a good few times. As for curry about once a month I have a good old cook up we have an Asia super market close so the ingredients are easy and cheap.
I love making desserts. We had our neighbours round for dinner the other night and I was extremely pleased with my Bakewell Tart(pudding). It looked as though it had come from a French patisserie and was pronounced delicious.
Like you I used to cook professionally, but we live in southern Burgundy, so I cannot cook seafood as often as I would like.
My real challenge would be to devote the time to making demi-glace and freezing it. I used to do it, but if you are mostly cooking for two, it is rather an effort.