I often say, “I just eat to live” rather than “I live (!) to eat”. However, maybe I am in denial. I keep blogging about food and doing “food” experiences like today.
In Tripadvisor.ca, one of the top experiences (actually #12) is to do a French cooking class at “Le Foodist”, located at 59 Rue Cardinal Lemoine in the 5th Arrondissement.
I actually signed up to do the Market Visit and Cooking Class and it lasted from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. With Fred, the owner/host/chef and 8 others, we went to an open-air market to pick up the ingredients for the lunch we would be making. We also visited Laurent Dubois Fromager, given the honour of Meilleur Ouvrier de France (French award for one of the best craftsmen in the category of cheese).
After spending about 3 hours preparing our lunch, we sat down to a truly delicious meal with red and white wine. We ate like the French—-taking our time enjoying the food and company.
I will be getting the exact names of each dish and the recipes so please forgive me if I don’t give the dish the appropriate name.
What was unique about this experience was that it was more than just about how to prepare the meal. Fred regaled us with many stories about food, and the culture history of France and Paris. So, it was very educational too! Once again, I have to say I could have licked the plate, particularly at desert-time. Everything was home made, including the vanilla ice-cream. Here was the menu:
Salmon tartare on marinated turnips
Mashed potatoes with carrots and turnips with chicken coq au vin
Poached pears with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce
I am very happy I did this experience and highly recommend it to others. Now I need to rest for tomorrow’s 20 km race!
Le Foodist: 59 Rue Cardinal Lemoine