Week One of Edinburgh New Town Cooking School

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Or ENTCS for those in the know 😉 . Week One in a word: blissful-chaos. Ok, that’s two words, but I used a little hyphen so we’re good.  A quick rundown of the techniques and dishes we were responsible for this last week:

Knife skills (cutting perfect veggies)

Basic egg preparations

Basic pastry types

Basic chocolate

Creme Anglaise

Poached pears

Creme caramel (yum!)

Mayonnaise (by hand – dread, dread, dread)

Vichyssoise and other soups

Chocolate profiteroles

& Quiche Lorraine!

My guess is that most students only managed laundry and sleep over the weekend, but I could be wrong.  There are some beautiful places to visit here and currently lovely weather so hopefully there were some adventures had as well.  I pretty much kept to my neighborhood (New Town).  I, of course visited ‘my wine guy’ at my local wine shop and schmoozed him with my leftover profiteroles.  I’m hoping to get the nod to some wine tastings and other grape related activities. Then I was unsuccessful with my shoe shopping – I wound up in some high-end crazy expensive designer shoe place looking for a Converse retro and was surrounded by Italian twee, the least expensive being £180 !! Then off to lunch at Brown’s.  I like their atmosphere in general and today they had live piano which was very nice.  I tried a cocktail there on the name alone: You Rang M’Lord. It was pretty good; it had Tanqueray, Lychee liqueur, lemon juice and Elderflower cordial.  I would have preferred half the lychee and twice the gin.  I thought of my sister JoAnne and toasted to her, as she digs the elderflower something fierce.

Next week we have a heap of new techniques and recipes to explore.  I hope to see everyone back in the kitchen and keep a 0 dropout rate.  Next week I’ll include a recipe or two that I think is great and very reproducible at home.  Until then…

6 thoughts on “Week One of Edinburgh New Town Cooking School

  1. You Rang M’Lord…shades of the British Empire. More recipes and techniques please…the school looks very clean and organized. You look happy and as delicious as ever… Now I’ve got to try that cocktail…Chop, Bloody, Chop….Thinking about it, the latter would be an excellent name for your next cocktail.

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