Cooking class ended at 5:00 today but I wandered around for a few hours in the old hood and got home just about an hour ago. Ha, I say the old hood. Westfield shopping center is now there and it's amazing.
Check that out. I still can't believe it's in Shepherd's Bush. But, on to my class. It was an amazing day with cooking in the morning and demonstration in the afternoon. We started with a pear and amaretto loaf cake. I just had some for dessert and wow is it good, if I do say so myself. I won't be providing recipes but all you have to do is go and get Pru Leiths cook book.
Our next task was choux cream but it was in the form of a base for a truly gorgeous aubergine (eggplant), prosciutto, basil and cream filling. I had one, ok, one and a half for lunch and finished them up for dinner at home tonight. For lunch we accompanied the pies with a salad I would have never conceived. It was simply a mix of about six herbs - mint, chervil, parsley, coriander, basil and dill - just stripped the leaves from the stems and created a vinaigrette and we were off and running.
The afternoon was all about cooking meat - all demonstration but a true learning experience. What I did learn about myself this afternoon is that I DO NOT like pigeon. I struggled to keep it down, honestly. And I can also say that I am still on the fence about lamb. Was not wowed by the leg of lamb stuffed with feta - no problem with the recipe just the taste of the lamb. But, I loved the lamb daube. Now, that was fantastic.
What will tomorrow bring. Well, I know it will bring a terrific day of cooking and an amazing show in the evening. Can't wait until tomorrow!