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Old 10-15-2009, 10:12 AM   #1
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Learning to cook!

Just wanted to share a cooking related experience I had recently. I'm one of those people who really enjoy cooking but are not necessarily very proficient, so I decided I should learn some techniques! I booked myself onto a cooking class at L'atelier des Chefs in London - they just do short classes, where you cook a meal and eat it afterwards. I went at lunch time - I spent half an hour in the kitchen and it was only 18 - a real bargain! The chef was fantastic and guided everyone through the recipe - I'm definitely going to try it again at home.

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Old 10-15-2009, 10:13 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums... what did you learn to cook?
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Old 10-15-2009, 10:13 AM   #3
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Welcome! Sounds like a fun class!
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Old 10-16-2009, 08:11 AM   #4
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Thanks! I cooked a chicken supreme with a tian of courgette and tomato - with fresh pesto. Now I know how to cook tomatoes so that they really retain their flavour. And the fresh pesto is so simple but so nice - will try not to use it from the jar again!
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Old 10-16-2009, 09:47 AM   #5
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Yup - once you've made your own fresh pesto, it's impossible to go back to the commercial jarred stuff. The commercial stuff automatically tastes oily & flavorless.
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Old 10-16-2009, 11:17 AM   #6
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So true! and the commercial stuff doesn't bring out the true flavour of the basil!
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Old 10-16-2009, 12:19 PM   #7
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Welcome to the forum. Why don't you describe the recipe and techniks for us in details. I', sure we can all benefit from it.
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Old 10-19-2009, 10:55 AM   #8
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Well, I peeled the tomatoes with a snazzy tomato peeler and then quartered them and removed the seeds. Theses tomato 'petals' went in the oven with some thyme, garlic, a bay leaf, lots of salt & pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. They went in the oven right at the begining of the class and didn't come out till the last minute. We sliced the courgettes with a mandolin and sauteed them in batches with some thyme and olives. The chicken was seared in the pan first before being cooked in the oven. i was surprised at how little time it needed. We arranged the tians using steel rings and drizzled the pesto over the chicken. Yum.
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Ok, can somebody, pleeease translate this into English. No wonder people have hard time learning how to cook. Who can understand this kind of explanation in the cooking class?
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Old 10-19-2009, 06:01 PM   #10
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Oops....Jennifer, read the thread before you ask silly questions.
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