Beef Bourguignon

Stew is one of life’s easiest dishes.  All you do is brown the meat, add vegetables and broth, put it in the oven, and come back a few hours later to a delicious dinner.   That is how our family has made stew for generations.  But we are not French, we are Irish.  Today, I am […]

From Humble Spuds to Pommes de Terre

As Week Four winds up, the first course is halfway completed. Looking ahead at the syllabus, almost every practical has a side dish of potatoes.  Hurray! This should be familiar territory, allowing me to concentrate on more complicated parts, like the main dish.  My heritage is Irish, and the humble spud was an almost-daily dinner […]

A Matter of Time – A Typical Day Part 4

The Finished Product The last phase is always a little hectic as everything I’m serving needs to be hot and not overcooked.  When I’m finished, and ready to plate, I clean and warm up my presentation plate with the Le Cordon Bleu, Paris seal on it.  Again I refer to my notes to see how Chef […]

A Matter of Time – A Typical Day Part 3

The Morning Routine The next morning is where the discipline is really important.  Each morning I get up at 5:00 and either go for a jog or review my notes.  During the morning is my last chance to prep for the day.  I make sure each page is in a plastic sheet cover (to prevent […]

Stuffed Quail and Potatoes Dauphine

A Matter of Time – A Typical Day Part 2

Home Prep When I arrive home, my Le Cordon Bleu day is still continuing, I’m just changing locations.  My bike ride home is quick as it’s all downhill in this direction.   I get home before my husband and four teenagers so I have a few moments to unpack and set up.  My first task […]