Tuesday, 31 May 2016

“What's not to Love!!!! cooking & eating in la belle Bretagne!”


 
May 30, 2016
monimitc (1 review)
Toronto, Canada
Fun! Fun! Fun! My week at the French Dining School in Brittany was extraordinaire! The setting, a restored country house in a tiny Breton village, is truly a piece of heaven. Combine that with a great cooking/learning experience, followed up with wonderful, convivial dining along with afternoons exploring the environs, and you've got a recipe for success!

Poul & Niall are generous, welcoming hosts who put us all at ease right from the start and their delightful dog, Scooby, was for me the icing on the gateau!

A truly memorable respite from Real Life! 

Monica/Toronto

Friday, 27 May 2016

Trip Adviser Award

We are delighted to have received the doll award from Trip Adviser. Thank you to all our students who made it possible. 

Friday, 13 May 2016

Culinary life

Lobster 
Beef Wellington 


Kerrouet House

New graduates 

Gastronomical awards 

Globe singers

St Malo water glasses

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Walking the dog around Kerrouet

Scoobeaudoo needs at least two good walks a day. Actually he prefers to run and that is another story! It's a busy morning at the school as we have six very enthusiastic Norwegian students attending our cooking course. Norway is too cold for harvesting nettles so they have requested a foraging tour here as nettle soup is on the menu for lunch followed by white asparagus with sauce hollandaise. 


Pot of nettles

The final product 


The locals harvest everything and so it is a common sight to see sheaves of old Fuchsia drying out in the hedgerows. This will be used to get the fires started with the lovely perfumed smell of fuchsia.

 

It's a lovely time of the year with all the flowers bursting out. Here a a few photos but now I have to return to the kitchen!







The students also cooked a Parmesan soufflé 

Which wend down very well with a few glasses of rosé. Dinner this evening was a nice combination with Langoustins for starters 

And rabbit in a mustard sauce with fennel green beans and new potatoes 

And following the cheese board we finished with home made poppy seed ice cream with caramelised strawberries!!


Friday, 4 March 2016

A trusted recipe for Walnut Bread and a Poem!





The rising dough is slow to grow
The yeast being such a clever beast
Give it some time and do not dread
The tasty miracle  of walnut bread!

Standing proud now in full show
The heady smells of fresh baked dough
Transformed to make us salivate 
As we eye up the walnut bait

The happy baker has given birth
To walnut bread with generous girth
A texture rich in crumb and crust
Thanks to a recipe one can truly trust!




Trusted recipe (over two days)

Ingredients

350  ml water
20 gram yeast
1 small tablespoon  salt
ca. 650-700 gram flour
100 gram chopped walnuts

Put the walnuts into a pan with water and boil, chill the water and nuts.

Pour the water and nuts in a food processor bowl, add the yeast and let it mix for a minute
slowly adding the flour and when the dough is not sticking to the bowl, the dough  has enough flour.
(If you have stock water /vegetable water use that instead of plain water for best results)

Put cling film over the bowl and let it rest for an hour; put it in the fridge until the next day.

After the dough has rested, pour it out on a table and knead the dough.

Make the dough into breads and let it double in size. Meanwhile heat the oven to  220c degrees.

When the bread is ready to be baked, put it in the middle of the oven, pour a little glass of water
into a tray in the bottom of the oven , do the same process again 5 minutes later
and bake the bread for 25 minutes more.

Once baked, remove from oven and wrap in a clean tea towel until cool. This helps form a nice crust on the bread.




Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Green Pea Soup - Soup Ninon



This classical gourmet soup is a real saviour. Like a get out of jail card, you sneak a packet of frozen peas from the freezer and within a few minutes you have a delicate and absolutely delicious soup the likes of which will simply amaze your guests and impress even the most die hard gourmet critic!
It looks great. It tastes great. What more can I say? Let's do it!

Ingredients for six people

1 ltr light chicken stock (no tomato purée)
150 ml cream
3 table spoons of crème fraiche
1 table spoon of unsalted butter
500 g small green peas (fresh or frozen)
Salt & Peper to season
To serve
1 table spoon of finely chopped fresh chives 
A little whipped cream

Method

Boil the chicken stock, cream and crème fraiche for three minutes. Add the peas and boil for one minute longer. 
Blend the soup then strain it.
Add salt and pepper to season as required
Add a dash of butter.

Bring back to almost the boil and serve in a warm bowl with chives and whipped cream.

If you really wish to blow your gourmet critics mind, add a little champagne or sparkling wine to the soup just before serving it. Bon appetite.