Daily Archives: September 20, 2013

Thursday 19th September Part 2. the P.M

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I went to another class at La Cuisine this one was just as enjoyable if not more so. The Chef Eric was very funny , engaging and handsome. I think I learnt more little tips at this one. There of course was another token Australian ,who as per, what seems to be the norm, not shy. This time we made

Chèvre chaud aux pistaches hachèes ( pistachio covered goats cheese)Image

Poisson du jour, Coulis de poivron jaune and Artichauts Barigoute

(cod with a yellow pepper couli and a traditional artichoke dish with carrot, onions and wine and butter)

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 If I never have to “turn” another artichoke I will be very happy.  It was interesting learning the skill though. No wonder pickled artichokes are not cheap. There is a bit of work involved. I learnt an interesting way of not getting things to stick to the pan. ( add oil and of course a bit of butter and a sheet of baking paper add more oil)

 

Dessert was

Tartelette au Chocolat Chantilly Cafè. Chocolate tarte with coffee chantilly creme

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I had the one with not much cream, as cream keeps me up at night feeling a little ill.

Eric’s way of saying please was “s’il vous please” which was tres cute. 😀 There were people from Argentina, Texas USA, Canberra, UK and a couple from Norway in France to get married at the Norwegian Embassy the next day. We tried to invite ourselves but they changed the subject HA.

I would go back to another of their many classes next time I am in Paris

Eric also was courteous enough to ask us all if we knew how to get back to our lodgings. This stood out to me as very nice as I had a bit of a bad experience after the champagne tour at the start of my holiday.

I did not want to tell it at the time so as not to freak out family members. The champagne tour was meant to be pick up from door get dropped back at door. My street is one way and pokey. I offered to be dropped at the bottom/top of my street. Instead he dropped me at Hotel De Ville and said walk 200 metres and then turn right. I had been tasting wine since 10.30 in the morning, been in Paris for less than 48 hours and carrying two bottles of champagne and a flute ( in a box). I managed to get find my way home but it is not 200 metres from Hotel de Ville and it was not a nice experience.

Now Hotel de Ville is one of my landmarks to navigate me 😀 So some good came out of it 😀

I thoroughly recommend La Cuisine Paris they are professional, friendly and fun. It is nice to meet people from all over the world and as a team make a meal. 😀

Thursday 19th September Part 1 -the A.M

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Yesterday I had a bit of a break from museums. I did very little during the day except go to Marche des Enfants Rouge for lunch, a quick trip to BHV ( their version of Myers or David Jones) and then back to Enfants Rouge for some tomato salad for breakfast. I went out with the Lily in the evening , she gave me a very captivating tour around the 2nd and 1st arrondissements . So much fascinating history! I find it all very interesting. We stopped off for a wine at a restaurant called Verjus. I had that on my list of places I wanted to go so I was a little excited about that. :D. We walked some more and went to a nice cafe for dinner. I have really enjoyed meeting Lily , I hope it is the start of a long friendship.

Photo taken by Lily from www.jetaimemeneither.com

Photo taken by Lily from http://www.jetaimemeneither.com

This morning I slept in again. a little too late to be going to anywhere that requires you getting there early. I set off for Musee de Cluny it is just a short Metro ride away to the  left bank. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Maybe my favourite so far! Some of the artifacts are so old that it is rather moving. It isn’t as crowded as the other larger museums which made for a very pleasant change after Musee D’Orsay. Even the age of the building is breathtaking. Here is some info on the building.

Saint Denis

Saint Denis

This is stained glass from around 1100. it is possibly of Saint Denis getting his head chopped off (but I am making that part up).

This is stained glass from around 1100. it is possibly of Saint Denis getting his head chopped off (but I am making that part up).

I think these were from 400AD I may be wrong.

I think these were from 400AD I may be wrong.

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These 7 heads were taken off the Notre Dame after the revolution. Someone "stole" them and they were found buried in a backyard in St Germain in 1977. The figures that represent these on the Notre Dame are recreations.  Lily had told me this story on one of our walks so I was quite thrilled to see them. As they had been buried they were in very good condition there was even remnants of the colours that they had been painted.

These 7 heads were taken off the Notre Dame after the revolution. Someone “stole” them and they were found buried in a backyard in St Germain in 1977. The figures that represent these on the Notre Dame are recreations. Lily had told me this story on one of our walks so I was quite thrilled to see them. As they had been buried they were in very good condition there was even remnants of the colours that they had been painted.

These Roman bath date back to the 3rd century. They were nice and cool. It was the aim that they were to be cool.

These Roman baths date back to the 3rd century. They were nice and cool. It was the aim that they were to be cool.

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There some incredibly intricate alter pieces. Not being a religious person I had never seen any before.  I marvelled in their brilliance ( not enough to turn me though)

There were some incredibly intricate alter pieces. Not being a religious person I had never seen any before. I marvelled in their brilliance ( not enough to turn me though)

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There was a room of artefacts found on the bottom on the Seine when the dredged it in the 1900s. They did not know how so many wonderful things came to be thrown off bridges into the Seine.

There was a room of artefacts found on the bottom of the Seine when they dredged it in the 1900s. They did not know how so many wonderful things came to be thrown off bridges into the Seine.

I wasn’t able to get a worthy photo of any of the tapestries  they were so big and detailed I wondered how long it took the people to make them. There were choir pews with every one with different carvings on them. I wish I could have taken a photo of them but there was no flash allowed.  I could have stayed all day but I wanted lunch and to see the Panthéon. The Panthéon was way too crowded for comfort so I ventured off to find a cafe. I stumbled across a tiny Greek deli in St Germain that also served lunch. There was a pretty high profit margin on the lunch but that was fine. It was so yum and quick and yum and well yum. The “old” man serving it spoke no English so we got by on the little French and Greek that I know. ( I learnt a tiny bit of Greek at primary school). As I was leaving he called me “kookla” which I think in Greek translates to cheeky girl. ( once again I may be wrong 😉 ) . I wanted to go to one of the Islands to check out a bar for Celia so off I went. I was approached by my first and hopefully last aggressive beggar. I have a few coins in my pocket saved for these situations but he was such a wad I just couldn’t bring myself to be bullied into giving them to him on the premise that he was the representative of some obscure religion. As I walked away he yelled out ” go away and die” . Now after years of working in hospitality, the T.A.B and public health such taunts now no longer upset me so much as make me go

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Perhaps what I heard wasn’t  “go away and die” and was some French word sounding similar that means “that scarf really suits your eyes” but I doubt it.  Family members and my numerous mothers don’t worry  if he had’ve got more aggressive I would have given him a couple of coins. He just reminded me of some “god botherers” that bother on Chapel Street they come up all nice and when you politely say no they wish death upon you or call you ugly. Any god that has gatherers out there speaking to anyone like that doesn’t impress me. So I may have some extremist voodoo hex/curse on me but it is more likely I don’t 😀

I made a brisk walk home and went back out to my next cooking class at la cuisine ( post to follow)