Before I get into the amazing French meal I had yesterday, here are a few updates from other months:
- Coupons. I got a free chocolate bar with a coupon today. My coupons are still helping me out! (Although a bunch of them have expired before I could use them, and I’ve stop checking my Groupon e-mails every day)
- Art. Another flash mob! The National Ballet School, in partnership with the Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture, is doing another flash mob – hip hop style. You don’t have to have experience and all ages are welcome. The performance will be on Sunday September 25th at a secret location. Rehearsal schedule is still being finalized. Sign up here if you are interested and they will add you to the mailing list.
- Dating. One more dating website to add to the list. Clique is a New York-based website launched last month that connects friends of friends. “In real life, you meet people through your friends. Why? Because you trust them. They know you. They know what you like to do, where you like to go, your passions and your quirks. And since they love those things about you, they’re going to have other friends who share the same interests—you just haven’t met them yet. That’s where Clique comes in. We surface those connections for you so you can date people who are only a degree or two from your immediate social circle, rather than complete strangers.” Click here for an interview with Click founder Christy Purlington. I’m not sure how successful this will be because the only way for it to work is if all of your friends join (you can join if you’re in a relationship as a “wingman”) or if you have friends who have time to devote to this site (how many people in relationships will actually spend the time playing matchmaker?).
Being cooked for is such a treat. Especially when it’s high maintenance French food! Being the sous-chef of our ‘cuisine’ I was taught how to properly chop shallots and mushrooms for the Chicken Supreme. I observed the master’s perfect slices of potatoes for the Gratin Dauphinoise. I scraped the hollandaise sauce out of the blender (see Julia Child’s recipe below) because I don’t own a spatula (bought one today). Dinner wasn’t served until 10pm because of the complexity of the recipes, but it was so worth the wait! The flavours and richness of the meal was divine. I couldn’t have it every night (or else I’d be the size of a cow), but it was such an amazing treat, and I feel a little more confident in the kitchen learning from the chef of the evening.
The French meal included Chicken Supreme (chicken fillets baked with shallots and mushrooms, then topped with madeira or port and cream sauce), Gratin Dauphinoise (thin potatoes, topped with swiss cheese and milk and baked), and asparagus with hollandaise sauce (egg yolk, lemon juice and butter).
Julia Child’s Hollandaise – a la blender:
2 TB lemon juice
1/4 tsp. salt
Pinch of white pepper
1 stick (4 oz.) butter, melted until bubbling hotPlace egg yolks, lemon juice, salt and pepper in blender. Cover and blend at high speed for 30 seconds. Uncover, and still blending at high speed, start pouring in the hot butter by droplets. Allow time for the butter to absorb and emulsify with eggs. When about two thirds of the butter has been added, you can pick up the pace a little more. Makes about 3/4 cup.
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