Steppin it up

I survived intro to sauces, stocks and soups!  My hollandaise on the other hand had a painful curdling death. Will need to practice this more, but on the bright side my arm muscles are getting an unbelievable workout. 15 minutes of brisk whisking everyday, I’ll look like Madonna in a few short weeks. I attempted to re-create my bearnaise which you can see to the left. Not a bad first at-home attempt, but I was glad I made a backup bordelaise sauce for my guest.

This week we started to learn all about the different methods of cooking which include poaching, braising, pan fry, deep fry, grill, simmer.  Oh what deliciousness from glazed carrots, to New England boiled corned beef and poached salmon.  We made stir fry and veal with white wine and lemon, culminating with my favorite steak au poivre and lyonnaise potatoes.  I look very professional below lighting the sherry on fire, don’t I? And yes that is my arm! What you don’t see is my fear stricken eyes.  Please DO NOT attempt this at home.  Admittedly, it was scary but I take comfort knowing a professional chef is watching by unfazed.

Fire Burning

Steak au Poivre

Aside from cooking, I’m taking some other fascinating classes. One being Product Identity where we learn all about different categories of food from produce to meat. This past week was dairy week and we got to sample eight different kinds of domestic cheeses including a ridiculous 4 year old aged cheddar and mascarpone with raspberry to fresh mozzarella. I’m going to attempt to make homemade mozzarella in the next couple of weeks – I will keep you updated so keep on reading! Stay tuned this week for tips on buying spices, browning meats and eating out!

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2 Responses to “Steppin it up”

  • Jamie Says:

    I just love, love, love your site. I love that you decided to follow your passion. And am learning so much from you. Keep it up. And thanks for all the great lessons.

  • admin Says:

    Thanks so much for your feedback Jamie! Its people like you that inspire me to keep on going! Enjoy reading and please let me know if there is anything in particular you would like me to write about!

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