Friday, June 15, 2007

Learning to Cook the French Way

After all the eating, I thought it'd be pretty cool to take some classes to learn how to cook some French dishes. I signed up for a couple classes through L'Atelier des Chefs ( and the first class was today. It was a relatively small group of seven of us in the lower level of Lafayette Maison (home store of the Lafayette department store). The class was mostly in French so I didn't quite understand all of the things that the instructor said but could figure most of it out. We were making a pan-seared seabass dish with a medley of vegetables. I was responsible for cutting up some fennel and bell peppers while others chopped up other veggies such as eggplant, zucchini, shallots, tomatoes, etc. After all the prep work, some of us stir-fried the vegetables while others seared the fish and made the sauce (combination of tapenade, tomatoes, shallots, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, etc.). And then we plated everything up and enjoyed our hardwork with some bread and wine. It was absolutely delicious! (Of course, since we made it ourselves!)

The class was certainly a lot of fun and I can't wait to try the recipe out at home. Given that, I figured it would be nice to try my cooking out on some guinea pigs (uh, I mean, guests). I know many of you have been following my blog regularly and I thank you for that. I especially want to thank Marc and Chi-Mei for always leaving me encouraging comments. I know there are more of you out there since you do email me your comments. Therefore, to encourage more comments, I would like to offer to cook for the first person (and a guest) who leaves me a comment to this post (sorry, you would have to live in the Bay Area). Even if you are not the first this time, don't worry, I plan to offer more "rewards" in the future so keep reading and keep eating! :-)


ingrid said...

With your delicious offer, I have to leave a note now. Love sea bass, glad that you got to learn French cooking first hand. Maybe I"ll get to taste it this August when I visit Europe.

Unknown said...

I should get some food toO! I am the one cracking the whip on her to update her blogs! ^_^

Chi-Mei said...

These recipes sound fancy! I have a feeling that you will be busy cooking for all yoru friends when you return to SF...

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous thing to do - taking cooking lessons while in France. First out doing ballroom, now cooking lessons - you are setting the bar so high on "the coolest vacation".

I might have mentioned to you some time ago that before my first sabbatical from work, my original (though never realized) goal was to go to Paris for cooking school. I'm impressed that you are doing it. I'll enjoy it through you.

I love sea bass - the food sounds great.
Ingrid - seems like you won the challenge!!! Enjoy your meal with Ms. Lin!!

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