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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Taste of France

"A Taste of France"

French cuisine is extremely diverse, with only the Chinese having similar variety in their food. This variety is supported by the French passion for good food in all its forms, France's extraordinary range of different geographies and climates which support the local production of all types of ingredients, and France's long and varied history. In many ways, an understanding of the culture of French food and recipes is an understanding of France itself.

Meals range from the very basic, such as the traditional baguette plus cheese plus inexpensive wine, to very elaborate affairs than can involve a dozen courses and different wines consumed over several hours. Obviously, the latter type of dining is exceptional for most people. However, it is this more sophisticated dining which is typically found in "French restaurants" outside France, giving many foreigners the mistaken impression that French food is heavy and complicated. In fact, much of the French cuisine is fairly simple, relying on high quality fresh ingredients and loving preparation rather than complex recipes.

This class will be held every Tuesday @ 11am and 6pm

Menu will include such dishes as:

*Salad Lyonaisse ~ Frisee lettuce with bacon, homemade croutons and a poached egg. Topped with a zesty stoneground mustard vinegar dressing

*Traditional French Onion Soup

*Chicken Pillards over a bed of greens and mandarin oranges

*Coq au vin

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A Taste of India

"A Taste of India"

One country, more than forty languages and roughly 1600 dialects! India is diverse to say the least and its languages are just one aspect of this diversity. Every state has its own traditions, culture, lifestyle, food…. It is ironic then, that when the rest of the world thinks of Indian food, the one word that comes to most minds is ‘curry’. This is perhaps the greatest understatement ever as ‘curry’ does not begin to sum up the amazing variety that is to be had in Indian cuisine. Not only does every state have its own style of cooking, even individual households differ in their preparation of the same dish. Most have their own secret recipes for the powders and pastes that form the backbone of the dish. What unifies all Indian dishes is the spices that bring them their characteristic fragrance and flavor.

Delicious and healthy too!
While some Indian food is traditionally packed with ingredients like oil and ghee that most of us avoid for health reasons, there is almost no comparison anywhere in the world to the vast variety of fresh fruit and vegetable dishes that form part of its repertoire. As such there is no reason why even the most waistline-conscious among us cannot enjoy good Indian cuisine. The keywords though are ‘in moderation’.

This class will alternate on Wednesday's with other cuisines at 11am and 6pm
Menu will be posted every Tuesday.

Some traditional dishes we will be creating will be:
Chicken Tikka Masala
Indian Spiced Potatoes
Eggplant Curry
Coconut Rice
Lemon Rice
Coconut Curry Chicken
Butter Chicken
and much much more....

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