Defeated by the Lemon Tart, and a Scavenger Hunt – Day 77

TODAY’S TIDBITS Remove the pin bones from your fillet before removing the skin. The skin will keep the fillet in shape while you slightly mangle it trying to remove the pin bones. When having to drink a shot of green chartreuse on a scavenger hunt, the yellow label will not do. The green one has […]

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Lemon Tart, The Interrupting Fish, An Air Duster and the Jacques Torres Demo – Day 76

TODAY’S TIDBITS When zesting a lemon, turn the lemon as you move down the zester. This insures you get just the outer zest (no bitter rind), and is much faster (courtesy of Erik). Peel your celery before making a julienne of it – this removes those tough-to-eat fibers leaving a delicious flavor. In making a […]

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All You Need Is Love, and that darn Hollandaise – Day 75

TODAY’S TIDBITS To keep your Hollandaise hot, put it in a thermos (courtesy of Diana Colman) 3 times – this seems to be the magic number of times that ‘most’ of us need to really nail a dish, unless you’re A2. When pressing the final roll of fettuccine through the pasta roller, I have found it is […]

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The Battle of the Hollandaise, James Beard House, and Kitchen Vocabulary – Day 74

TODAY’S TIDBITS When rolling your pasta dough through the final time to create the fettucine from a wide piece, trim the ends so you don’t end up with spikey and uneven fettucine. If you cut your bread before service, put a damp towel over it to keep it fresh. Never close the oven with your foot […]

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Another Mock Final, The Trail Report, and dirty dishes – Day 72

TODAY’S TIDBITS Always shave before going to a “trail” (see note below). Rotate your profiterole pan in the oven half-way through the baking. You can really see the different hotspots in oven with a tray of profiteroles. Some definitely get baked before others, so it’s always a good idea to rotate anything you’re baking half-way […]

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The Sun Also Rises – Back on our feet – Day 71

TODAY’S TIDBITS Add the powdered sugar to your cream only after it starts to gain some volume. This results in a better whip. When cutting the tops of your profiteroles, align the bread knife parallel to the bottom of profiterole. It’s natural to align the knife with the top that you’re cutting off, but may […]

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The Hammer Drops: Blood, Sweat and Tears – Day 70

TODAY’S TIDBITS Powdered sugar through a cheese cloth gives a much finer “sprinkle” than through a sieve. Chives+chervil+Tarragon is a great combination of herbs for fish – beats the standard parsley by miles. (especially the tarragon). Gently tap the salmon skillets under plastic with the side of a butcher’s hammer to flatten them out so […]

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Chicken Grand Mere, Celery Root Puree, and a Smoking Gun – Day 68

TODAY’S TIDBITS You don’t need a trussing needle to truss a chicken. By making a cut in the skin near the end of the legs (where you eventually manchonner), the string can grab the legs and keep the chicken together – you can also loop the chicken legs instead. If you’re serving sliced grilled meat, […]

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Vacuum-infusing a Watermelon, Sous Vide, and Salade Nicoise – Day 67

TODAY’S TIDBITS Magic infusing liquid: Yuzu juice + Elderberry Cordial. This combination of sweet and sour tastes incredible. To instant peel a hard boiled egg – roll it around hard on the counter till it’s all broken like a web and you can peel it off in once piece instantly. “Snap” your green beans AFTER […]

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“Truth in Menus”, another Mock Final, and one more Fire Alarm – Day 66

TODAY’S TIDBITS Never try and put one over on the chef Yesterday, Chef Dominique told us all never to try and trick the chef. One student tried to say she had put sugar in her Crème Chantilly, but the Chef was pretty sure she didn’t. This brings up the topic of “Truth in Menus”. “TiM” is a […]

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Chitchat Chitchat – oops, look what I cooked, Skate Grenobloise and an Apple Tart – Day 65

TODAY’S TIDBITS Present a skate with the round side facing the customer, like a smile. Also, it turns out skate fish is not kosher. When reducing sauces or soups, it’s a better idea to add salt only at the end. If you add salt near the beginning, it might taste fine but as it reduces the […]

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Learning by Teaching, and being called “Chef” all evening – Day 64

TODAY’S TIDBITS Skate is a unique tasting seafood (think fish meets scallop), but goes bad fast. They urinate through their skin (like sharks), so they start to smell like ammonia pretty quickly – served fresh, seared, they taste pretty amazing. To evenly brown croutons, soak them in clarified butter and then sauté and shake constantly […]

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Mock Final Exam – Day 63

TODAY’S TIDBITS On a gas stove, if you want to heat something but only ever so slightly, you can just use the pilot light flame. When flambéing, take the pan off the stove, add the brandy, then put the pan back on the stove tilting the pan so the flame just catches the brandy. Badaboom! […]

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The Stars Look Very Different Today – Day 62

Stopping at David Bowie’s apartment/vigil again this morning definitely set a different mood for the day for me, and either way there was definitely a different vibe in the kitchen today – “everything was under control”. We had all done our dishes yesterday and today was going to be different! For me I was in a “Zen” […]

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Level 4: Under Pressure – Day 61

TODAY’S TIDBITS Serve a pork chop ‘bone on the left’, so the customer can cut into it from the right. When frying a pork chop, fry the presentation side first – the first sear gets the best color. When frying a fillet, also fry the presentation side down first – in the case of a […]

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Ashes to Ashes: Level 3 is Dust – Day 60

TODAY’S TIDBITS Use Ghee (browned clarified butter) in your Indian dishes rather than butter. It adds a whole new dimension of nuttiness and even sweetness. Apparently the best curry is in London. Curry Powder is a British invention to mimic the “Indian colony’s cuisine” whose key ingredients are turmeric, coriander, cumin, mustard, and chili. Curry […]

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ACTION STATIONS – Day 59

TODAY’S TIDBITS Add the butter to the boiled cream ‘off’ the heat in an alfredo, to avoid the butter breaking. A restaurant trick is to use Grana Padano ‘in’ the sauce, and then top the pasta with Parmigiano. ‘Parm’ is over twice the price of Padano. When rolling pasta, you should be able to see […]

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CHARCUTERIE BUFFET, and then getting ready for Action Stations – Day 57

TODAY’S TIDBITS Hang the rinds of your cheese in your cream when reducing it for an Alfredo sauce – gives it additional flavor. Use “00” flour to make your pasta slightly stronger but silkier. Throw some Semolina flour in your pasta dough and the pasta will ‘grab’ the sauce slightly better. Today we finally got […]

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Pig’s Eared Julienned, Planning the Buffet – Day 56

TODAY’S TIDBITS Fill an egg carton with hickory, set it on fire, and put it the oven with your chicken, to get an incredible smoky flavour. (Maybe not try this one at home). Thanks Joanne so much for having filled in yesterday. Great job. And doubly thank you for this morning’s pre-exam flash card quiz […]

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Zen and the Art of Doing Dishes – Oh, and Brining a Pig’s Head – Day 54

TODAY’S TIDBITS The FDA recommends washing dishes at an uncomfortable 110 degrees to get rid of harmful bacteria. The hot water from the average ‘hot’ faucet is 110F. I can’t imagine being able to clean dishes in 100% hot water from the hot faucet. Ouch!!!! Never order a fish special on Monday – this is […]

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There’s Scallops In Them There Sausages – Day 53

TODAY’S TIDBITS Ice is used a lot in the kitchen – when we’re readying meat, it is always held in containers over ice. When we poached the fish sausages, as soon as they had reached the correct internal temperature of 145F, we immediately put them in ice to stop the cooking and to get the food […]

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Hot Dogs – Charcuterie’s most complex sausage yet…who knew? – Day 52

TODAY’S TIDBITS Italian Sausage is flavoured with fennel – take the meat out of the casing, fry it up with more crushed fennel, chile peppers, lemon, white wine and oregano. Tada – you have one of my favourite non-tomato pasta sauces. Spice Secret – Pimenton (which is a Spanish Paprika) – use both the hot […]

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Like Skin off a Duck’s Back – Duck, Chicken Galantines and some Meat Glue – Day 51

TODAY’S TIDBITS When roasting butternut squash – consider adding honey, it really elevates the taste. You can use meat glue (Activa) to ‘glue’ lamb and scallops together and get an amalgamated surf ‘n turf. Don’t be afraid to use bread crumbs in ground meat and charcuterie – they act as a binder, but also ‘lighten’ […]

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Cumberland Sauce, Mustard, Chutney, Pickles and 3 bricks – Day 50

TODAY’S TIDBITS If you sliced meat a little too long in advance of serving, brush it with a little olive oil and it will regain that juicy look. (I actually used this trick on one of my practicals, using butter instead). Cut chives with the top-half of your knife – using the handle-end crushes them […]

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Paté En Croute, Foie Gras, and Makin’ Bacon – Day 49

TODAY’S TIDBITS Charcuterie relies on getting the proper fat to meat ratio, generally 30% fat. That clear jelly like substance on many charcuterie preparation is aspic (basically gelatin and flavouring). It keeps out air and bacteria, keeping the cooked meat fresh. Charcuterie came about from a need to preserve meat through the winter, and from […]

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Mickey Mouse, and the Shape of Things to Come – Charcuterie: Day 48

TODAY’S TIDBITS Lean meat is often encased in dough (eg. Paté en Croute, or Beef Wellington) to preserve the flavor and moisture. I fluked out and nailed my first beef wellington this summer at the cottage, and you could literally cut the meat with a fork it was so tender. Apparently, hundreds of cats get […]

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Last day with Chef Ben, BBQ Chicken, Potato Salad, Panzanella and a film debut – Day 48

TODAY’S TIDBITS Make sure to apply potato salad dressing to WARM potatoes, they grab and absorb the dressing much better. Be careful in covering hot food with aluminum foil – this will react with any food that is acidic. Often catering companies put an intermittent layer of plastic between the food and the foil. Don’t throw out […]

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Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Broccoli Rabe and a mighty fine lookin’ line – Day 47

TODAY’S TIDBITS Buttermilk is a magic ingredient imho – use it in dredging fried chicken or smelts: buttermilk slightly tenderizes the protein, coats better, and adds a light acidic element. Use buttermilk (or sour cream) in puréed potatoes – it makes them pop. Add cheese rinds when boiling your polenta for added flavor – you […]

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Mexican Family Meal, Chayote, and the Head of a Pig – Day 46

TODAY’S TIDBITS A secret to making tasty beef for enchiladas are Ancho chiles and Spanish paprika “La Chinata” Use Meyer Lemons to ‘amp up’ your citronette. Meyer lemons are a cross between a lemon and a mandarin. Don’t use cumin in Mexican food – lots of restaurants use it, but really it’s rarely used in Mexico. […]

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Asian Influences, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum and Togarashi – Day 45

TODAY’S TIDBITS The later you add your eggs to fried rice, the ‘stickier’ it will be. The Maitre D’s most important role is to make sure customers don’t all order their food at the exact same time. Yuzu juice rocks!!!! I was nervous about today, because while Alton and I were only responsible for coleslaw, […]

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Meatless Monday, Quinoa Patties, Beet Salad, and Yuzu Juice – Day 44

TODAY’S TIDBITS Bottled Lemon/Lime juice is cloudy because it has been pasteurized – this changes the flavor profile, to something much less desirable – yuck – use fresh lemon/lime juice. Eggs in Japan have a much shorter expiration date – because Japanese use a lot of raw eggs in their cooking, so they need to […]

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75 Liters of Chicken Stock, Roasted Chickens, and a little less Chaos – Day 43

TODAY’S TIDBITS The best way to reheat potato puree is the microwave (I know, a sin for most cooks). In a fast-paced kitchen, no bowls unless you need to toss or whip. They waste too much space – use square boys. Tortilla chips are simply tortillas, cut into 6ths, and deep fried. Today was breasts, […]

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Hanger Steak, Tortillas, Roasted Corn Slaw and Prep Lists – Day 42

TODAY’S TIDBITS Order “the line”: 1) starch 2) veg 3) protein. By the time people get to the protein, they’ve filled their plates, and so don’t take too much expensive protein. Cafeteria-style restaurants always put the desserts first, so people take them, which they wouldn’t if they were the last item in the line. You […]

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Family Meal Craziness and a Jacques Torres Buche – Day 41

TODAY’S TIDBITS (Also see Jacques’ below) If you rip basil ‘along the grain’, then you can do it a long time before service, because it doesn’t tarnish. If you rip it against the grain, it will wilt quickly. Fry Rainbow Chard stems separately from the leaves – unless you want to overcook the leaves and […]

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Level 2 Practical & Written Exams: Quarter a Chicken, Fillet a Fish and show me some Crème Anglaise Love – Day 40

TODAY’S TIDBITS When the vanilla bean seeds are floating in mid-suspension – your crème anglaise is done (also when the foam has disappeared and the it passes the ‘nappant’ spoon test) To feed 200 people, you need about 1 gallon of dressing, 2 gallons of sauce, 10 lbs of polenta, 20 lbs of pasta, and […]

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Wine Day: 6 Whites, 5 Reds and 8000 Years of Human History – Day 39

TODAY’S TIDBITS When uncorking the bottle, always try to face the label to the guest for the whole process. Salt, acid, fat, and protein in food all lower the acidic and tannin taste of wine. Sweetness increases the tannin taste as does spicy food, which also increases the alcohol taste. Olive oil also contains tannins […]

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“CHICKEN OUR WAY” – Day 38

TODAY’S TIDBITS Put a little brown sugar in your chicken deep-fry batter – wow, amazing! (courtesy of Rachel) Deeply brown your chicken bones and trimming and add them to your sauce before straining – this adds a massive dimension to the taste. Slice your chicken breast rather than serving whole – it looks better, and […]

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Pasta Day: Gnocchi, Ravioli and Lasagna – Day 37

TODAY’S TIDBITS Don’t put oil in your pasta boiling water – it really has no effect, and can prevent the sauce from sticking to the pasta. Taste your pasta boiling water – most people don’t taste the water, but the saltiness is important. Make sure to press all the air out of your ravioli’s before […]

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Cheese Day: Little Miss Muffet and her Curds and Whey – Day 36

TODAY’S TIDBITS It takes 10 pounds of milk to make 1 pound of cheese – so no more whining about the price of cheese. A top from an opened can be used as a ‘diffuser’ by placing it between a pot and a flattop burner to prevent burning – particularly useful if you are simmering […]

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Wild Striped Bass with 5 Types of Mushrooms, and an Endive Salad – Day 35

TODAY’S TIDBITS When sautéing mushrooms in butter, throw in a sprig of thyme and a clove of crushed garlic before the mushrooms. This adds one more element to the flavor. For an added punch, add finely diced shallots near the end of browning. Use your fish spatula to rest your fish after cooking – saves […]

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Spaghetti Squash, Falafels and an Oil Fire – Day 34

TODAY’S TIDBITS Consider putting a bit of ground flaxseed at the bottom of a fruit tart – this adds a unique sweetness as an added dimension When cutting a large object with a knife (e.g. squash, water melon), cover the back of the knife tip with a hand towel and push down. You get a […]

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Striped Bass & Lentils, some unique flavors, and a Nutrition Primer – Day 33

TODAY’S TIDBITS A dab of butter is often added to a sauce prior to serving (monter au beurre) – however, if you brown the butter first and then add it, the sauce will taste “oh my goodness!” Never put your rolling pin in water, it will eventually warp In France, you start culinary school at […]

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Crepe Suzette, Banana Beer Fritters, and a Bande De Fruits – Day 32

TODAY’S TIDBITS Don’t egg-wash the sides of puff pastry, this will hinder the layers puffing out Put puff pastry in the fridge/freezer and then straight into the oven – the freezer helps seals the crust, and holds in the steam better, making for a bigger “puff”. Use a pastry brush to wipe the flour off […]

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A Genoise, Lady Fingers, and a Bloomingdale’s Christmas Window Gingerbread House – Day 31

TODAY’S TIDBITS Make a notch up your cake, so when you divide it in three, you can line up the notches after you’ve iced it. After filling your cake pan with batter, spin it on the counter, and the batter will fill out the pan. After you’ve buttered your cake pan, use some of the […]

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Apple and Pear Tarts, Quiche Lorraine – Day 30

TODAY’S TIDBITS Use a melon baller to core apples, it creates a nice shape when you slice the apples. Always turn your dough so you’re only rolling front and backwards. Rolling sideways creates uneven thicknesses in your crust. Use your knuckle to push your dough into your pie plate, and then use a floured piece […]

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Mousses and Soufflés, Pate a Choux and The Exodus – Day 29

TODAY’S TIDBITS Butter your ramekin with upward strokes, this gives the soufflé ‘channels’ along which to rise. Preheat your oven 25 degrees above the called for amount. Opening the oven door reduces the temperature by at least this much, often more. Then lower to correct temperature. Whip cream over an ice bath for quicker better […]

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Meringues, Fingers in Boiling Sugar and a Farm – Day 28

TODAY’S TIDBITS (Courtesy of Chef Fischer) Vegetables loose 50% of their nutrients within 3 days of harvesting Squeeze lemon juice from a lemon through your fingers, so you catch the seeds. Oysters start out male, and then change to female after 3 years. We learnt about frozen desserts and meringues today. There are three types […]

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CUSTARDS & DOUGHS – Day 27

TODAY’S TIDBITS Use the egg yolk AND egg white if you want the custard to stand by itself i.e. crème caramel (the egg white’s albumen holds it in place). Otherwise, just use egg yolks. Add a little bit of sugar to your milk to prevent it from scalding. Vanilla extract taste pretty close to using […]

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EGG DAY: Poached, Scrambled, Baked, Stuffed, and Two Omelets (flat and rolled) – Day 26

TODAY’S TIDBITS A ‘dozen’ eggs is a retail term. Restaurants use eggs delivered in 30 egg flats. They’ve never heard of ‘a dozen eggs’. Egg whites can foam to 8 times their volume. Spin an egg on the counter, if you stop it and release it and it starts spinning again its raw, if it […]

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Stuffing: Chicken Paupiette, Vegetables Farcis, Farce a Gratin – Day 25

TODAY’S TIDBITS Food costs are 20%-35% of the price a dish. 20% for a food stand, and 35% for a higher end restaurant. While high-end restaurants charge more, they tend to use more expensive ingredients (reduced sauces, alcohol, shaped items, etc…) When making sausages – generally use 75% meat, 25% fat. Stuffings are a great […]

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Braising – Rabbit Ragout and Lamb Shank – Day 23

TODAY’S TIDBITS When buying a whole skinned rabbit in the older days, they included the head so you could tell that it wasn’t a cat. The regulations are better nowadays. Score (brief cut “like a paper cut”) your lamb shank before searing – this gives more surface area to brown and enhances flavor. Don’t puree (mash) […]

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Veal Blanquette and Pot-Au-Feu (Sauce Raifort) – Day 22

TODAY’S TIDBITS Scrape the bone flakes off the side of your shortribs – these are there as a result of the bandsaw used to originally butcher them, and can be unpleasant to eat. Never lean over the dish you are serving, for hygienic reasons – which I found happens quite a bit because you want […]

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Roast Chicken Grand-Mère, and Sautéed Venison Loin Bordelaise – Day 21 (Day 1 of Level 2)

TODAY’S TIDBITS Sear against the grain of the meat, you get a better sear. When presenting meat with sauce, put sauce on the seared parts, but leave the cut parts un-sauced so you can see the doneness. No mise cups (small plastic cups) of sugar in the kitchen, they get mixed up with salt too […]

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3 Exams and The Scent of A Rose – Day 20 (Test day)

TODAY’S TIDBITS Always bring a pen to exam day (nudge nudge Erik) Roses are now bred with no/reduced thorns, but these roses have very little scent. You have to use roses from the Middle East / Turkey to smell the real scent of a rose, and to properly infuse a rose taste into food. Seedless watermelons […]

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The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway – Day 19

TODAY’S TIDBITS LAMB is the meat from a one year old sheep or younger. MUTTON is the meat from a sheep over one year. Lamb neck is an inexpensive under-rated cut of meat, and can be made into a succulent stew. Cooking meat leaving the bone in gives you more flavour. Have a mise cup […]

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“Always Be Touching Your Meat!” says Chef Joe on Pork Day – Day 18

TODAY’S TIDBITS One pork tenderloin yields 4 servings Lard is simply rendered pig fat Don’t use the expression “sweating like a pig”…pigs don’t sweat. Add a few drops of vinegar to your sugar/water syrop to prevent it from crystallizing. Cutlery is always stored and cleaned face down – no touching the parts that go into […]

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Dinner? No thanks, just ate Filet Mignon and a Grilled Steak for Lunch – Day 17

TODAY’S TIDBITS Pepper your steak after grilling, charred pepper become bitter tasting. When sharpening your knife on a stone, angle the blade so the back is a penny’s thickness off the stone. The ‘best’ stew if made from the shin, or the tail. These are very well worked muscles, so they have lots of collagen, […]

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Chicken Poached a la Mediterranean, and Sauteed Chicken Chasseur – Day 15

TODAY’S TIDBITS Briefly fry your spices before using, it brings out their flavour significantly. Removing the wishbone when quartering a chicken makes it much easier to carve the breast. When plating sautéed chicken, don’t cover the nicely browned skin with sauce. Never boil meat, simmer it. Simmering water is at 195, boiling water is at […]

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Lobsters, Mussels, Scallops, Clams, Oysters and a Snail – Day 14

TODAY’S TIDBITS Shuck your oyster with the round side down, this way when you finally get it open the juice stays in the “cup”. When soaking your mussels before cooking, throw in a spoonful of flour, they actually absorb/eat it and become much more plump. The ideal lobster weight is 2-3 pounds. Below one pound […]

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Goujonettes de Limande Aux Deux Sauces…. or…. Fish and Chips! – Day 13

TODAY’S TIDBITS ROUND fish yield 2 fillets, FLAT fish yield 4 fillets (smaller of course). FLAT fish are born with their eyes on both sides, but one of the eyes migrates over to the other side, so they end up on the same side. When ‘battering’ (i.e. flour-eggs-breadcrumbs), put your seasoning (salt, pepper, etc) on the […]

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Trout Grenoble, Bass Papillote , with a touch of Gravlax – Day 12

TODAY’S TIDBITS The two broad fish categories are ROUND (muscly, fatty: = because they swim far in heavy currents: trout, salmon, tuna), and FLAT (lean, thin, both eyes on one side: because they live at the bottom where there is less current and don’t swim far: sole, flounder, halibut). Add salt to egg whites, and […]

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Potatoes, Potatoes, Potatoes and a Duck – Day 11

TODAY’S TIDBITS Add salt to fries immediately after frying – the heat melds the salt flavour. Also, potatoes suck up a lot salt, so put more than usual. When you want potato slices to stick together in a dish (e.g. in scalloped potatoes), don’t wash them after cutting, the starch will keep them together Rubbing […]

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Salads, Vinaigrettes and Olive Oils – Day 10

TODAY’S TIDBITS Always dry your salad ingredients prior to tossing, or the dressing won’t grip and will run off the leaf onto the plate. The water will also dilute the carefully balanced vinaigrette. The word vinegar = sour wine (vin aigre). Most vinegar is made by fermenting wine. You should be able to eat a […]

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Curing, Pickling, Duck Confit, Gravlax and Bacalao – Day 9

TODAY’S TIDBITS If your salmon has thick white lines in it, it is farmed (which almost all salmon is). Those white lines are Omega-6 fat, not the much-desired Omega-3 which are found in the wild salmon. Use pink salt in your paté or it turns a pale grey Bacteria need a certain water percentage to […]

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Soup Mayhem – Day 8

TODAY’S TIDBITS Use frozen bread slices to cut your croutons prior to sauteeing – you get a perfect shape. Use a wooden spoon to stir your soups, you can ‘feel’ the consistency much more accurately, you don’t scratch the pan, and the handle don’t get hot Add a pinch of sugar to your mayonnaise and […]

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From Mayonnaise to Sabayon – Day 7

TODAY’S TIDBITS The average restaurant guest takes 10min to eat each course. The average restaurant guest gets antsy if they have to wait more than 7 minutes between courses Woody Allen used to play clarinet at Elaine’s, where they introduced the strawberry Sabayon. Elaine’s wasn’t a great restaurant, but was very popular because of Woody. […]

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White Wine, Bechamel, and Chateaubrian Sauces – Day 6

TODAY’S TIDBITS When skimming stock, swirl from the middle and then skim the edges, you end up removing very little stock and lots of gunk Use a square of spongy drawer liner to hold your cutting board in place A “demi” glace is a stock reduced by half, a “glace” is a stock reduced by […]

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Garniture Bouquetiere and more Stock – Day 5

TODAY’S TIDBITS No salt in the stocks, the cooks will put that in as needed later Sauté pans have slanted edges so that any steam quickly is out of there, sautoirs have straight edges so that the steam will curl back in If you have a gas burner, buy pots with not only a thick […]

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Stocks and Tournage – Day 4

TODAY’S TIDBITS If possible, put an odd number of a vegetable on a plate: it looks more symmetrical but creates a tension Add salt to fried potatoes at the end or the salt starts to interact with the starch Mussels ‘moules’ can be a big money maker, a 15 pound bag will serve 15 people […]

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Ratatouille and Timbale – Day 3

TODAY’S TIDBITS Add salt to a vinaigrette BEFORE the oil, as oil can prevent the salt from dissolving Sweat onions for a while BEFORE adding salt, the salt will dry them out too fast Serve a free canapé, you’ll sell an extra drink (where all the profit is) Endives and white asparagus are made by […]

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Servsafe – Day 2

TODAY’S TIDBITS The pasteurizing of milk can actually make it MORE vulnerable, because often the natural bacteria give it defence. Many cheeses in Europe are un-pasteurized and taste better, they’re not allowed in North America however. Cooking will kill parasites, and bacteria, but not their toxins, not all viruses, not all spores. If you’re going […]

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