Friday, 8 April 2011

Here Comes the Girls!

Yesterday I spent a fantastic day with 7 other ladies, an Italian chef, and a very distracting French chef having fun on a "Here comes the Girls" day, cooking at the Jean Christoph Novelli  Academy in Hertfordshire.

This gift was a 40th birthday present from "bruv & sis" and they did very well!....
The Academy is set in JC's home, with the academy kitchen being a space he uses frequently, in the quaint village of Tea Green. With the sun shining and spring flowers blooming it couldn't have been more perfect!
Felice was a chef for the day, with JC popping in between gardening to see how we were doing. With 8 ladies in a kitchen it did get quite loud with laughter on several occasions!
I learnt so much during the day not just from the demo's but through the real hands on experience.
Here Comes the Girls ~ Menu
  • Walnut & Date Bread
  • Worcestershire rarebit
  • Four cheeses raviolli with asparagus cream sauce
  • Seared sea bream on a bed of roasted vegetables with wild mushrooms and potato cake
  • Sweet pastry tartlet with creme patisserie & red berries
  • Set lemon Cream & chocolate truffles
Day kicked off with coffee & shortbread, followed by some bread making!... never made bread from scratch but loved it.. the walnut & date bread would become our base for rarebit brunch!... whilst bread was proving with learnt how to make the lemon cream (similar to creme caramel).. back to bread baking and then on to fillet the Sea bream!.. (you do get your hands dirty!)... fish filleted, sweet pastry made for dessert, vegetables prepared for the fish, it was then onto making the pasta for the raviolli!.... this proved highly entertaining...

Lunch was served which was amazing... 2 foods I would never pick off a menu, as my previous experience with asparagus hasn't been great and sea bream, because i'm not very confident with fish. They have been added to my food list now as they were gorgeous.

The remaining afternoon was spent baking the tartlet case, making the creme patisserie, eating the chocolate truffles! and filing case with fruit...
Afternoon complete with an informal Q&A from JC, certificates and pics!.... a fabulous day, thanks to all the ladies who were with with me, Felice and finally JC ( who is very distracting on the eye!!) and as lovely as when I saw him in December.

Off now to buy  a pasta maker, visit the fishmonger and pick up some yeast to make some more bread!

2 comments:

RosieP said...

Wow, what a fantastic present, looks like you had a fantstic day.

Hugs Jill x

Joana said...

wow what a lucky girl ( I'm soooo jealous ... :) )

glad you had a good time
hugs
Joana

Friday, 8 April 2011

Here Comes the Girls!

Yesterday I spent a fantastic day with 7 other ladies, an Italian chef, and a very distracting French chef having fun on a "Here comes the Girls" day, cooking at the Jean Christoph Novelli  Academy in Hertfordshire.

This gift was a 40th birthday present from "bruv & sis" and they did very well!....
The Academy is set in JC's home, with the academy kitchen being a space he uses frequently, in the quaint village of Tea Green. With the sun shining and spring flowers blooming it couldn't have been more perfect!
Felice was a chef for the day, with JC popping in between gardening to see how we were doing. With 8 ladies in a kitchen it did get quite loud with laughter on several occasions!
I learnt so much during the day not just from the demo's but through the real hands on experience.
Here Comes the Girls ~ Menu
  • Walnut & Date Bread
  • Worcestershire rarebit
  • Four cheeses raviolli with asparagus cream sauce
  • Seared sea bream on a bed of roasted vegetables with wild mushrooms and potato cake
  • Sweet pastry tartlet with creme patisserie & red berries
  • Set lemon Cream & chocolate truffles
Day kicked off with coffee & shortbread, followed by some bread making!... never made bread from scratch but loved it.. the walnut & date bread would become our base for rarebit brunch!... whilst bread was proving with learnt how to make the lemon cream (similar to creme caramel).. back to bread baking and then on to fillet the Sea bream!.. (you do get your hands dirty!)... fish filleted, sweet pastry made for dessert, vegetables prepared for the fish, it was then onto making the pasta for the raviolli!.... this proved highly entertaining...

Lunch was served which was amazing... 2 foods I would never pick off a menu, as my previous experience with asparagus hasn't been great and sea bream, because i'm not very confident with fish. They have been added to my food list now as they were gorgeous.

The remaining afternoon was spent baking the tartlet case, making the creme patisserie, eating the chocolate truffles! and filing case with fruit...
Afternoon complete with an informal Q&A from JC, certificates and pics!.... a fabulous day, thanks to all the ladies who were with with me, Felice and finally JC ( who is very distracting on the eye!!) and as lovely as when I saw him in December.

Off now to buy  a pasta maker, visit the fishmonger and pick up some yeast to make some more bread!

2 comments:

RosieP said...

Wow, what a fantastic present, looks like you had a fantstic day.

Hugs Jill x

Joana said...

wow what a lucky girl ( I'm soooo jealous ... :) )

glad you had a good time
hugs
Joana