Saturday, May 1, 2010

Cooking with the Chef

The other night we enjoyed a very special evening out with friends.  We had an amazing dinner but instead of being served, we actually prepared the meal with the help of a famous French chef. Here's Chef JP.
The players:

  We had to listen intently! He spoke very quickly and has a strong French accent. Talking was frowned upon!
The evening's menu, fancy n'est pas?


Getting to work....
The salad before the dressing. That little spoon on top is made out of artichokes and filled with artichoke mousse!  Don't take too much of the roasted red peppers, Chef will reprimand you (like he did my husband!)

Making the apple corn dressing.  Dijon mustard, olive oil, cider vinegar...
lots of freshly chopped up herbs...
Onto the main course, lobster thermidor with white saffron sauce.
We worked on the crabmeat stuffing while Chef chopped up veggies and seaweed(!). Mr Teacher's Pet got in on the action.


Hubs being very impressive in sauce making!
In his glory!
Taking a break for a photo op.

Can you believe this was the first time the other two couples had met?


Time for the important course: Dessert.
Hot chocolate souffle! My job was to melt these huge chunks of chocolate and mix with cream and Grand Marnier.  It was harder than it looked and it took four people to complete this task.

Look at the size of this chocolate bar!

Working on the eggs...

Chef took over all of the from time to time.
Pure chocolate bliss!

The great male equalizer....televised sports! All of our transgressions forgiven!

This was an awesome experience! Have you ever tried something like this? I highly recommend it, bring some friends and some wine and enjoy!


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12 comments:

Mel said...

oh my, how decadent! What a wonderful experience Heather, thanks for sharing it with all of us. Now I'm hungry :)

Life in Rehab said...

I'd have to go back and double check, but this may be your coolest post. Beautifully done, nicely written, and you just make it look like so much fun! Was this a Pampered Chef kind of thing?

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Thanks Mel..it was decadent but worth it for a special occasion.

Sunny..wow! Thanks....you're too kind! It was an independently owned place..that's all they do. Pretty cool!

Petie said...

Looks like so much fun! What a treat. Glad you enjoyed the experience.

Sarah @ Sugar Bananas! said...

This sounds like so much fun! Lots of great pictures, too. That big bar of chocolate would not last long around here ;)

Thanks for posting this - very inspiring!

~Sarah @ Sugar Bananas!

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Thanks Sarah!! That was a crazy huge, heavy bar of chocolate! It was hard to stir and melt! :)

Chelsea said...

How cool! What a neat experience. It looks like it would be tons of fun to do with a group of friends, too. Thanks for posting about it! :)

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Thanks Chelsea..being with two other couples really made the experience even more fun and memorable! It was great!
-h

Colleen said...

Looks like a wonderful and very yummy evening!

Colleen said...

Looks like a wonderful and very yummy evening. : )

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Thanks Colleen, it really was a great time..we're still talking about it!

Kim @ seven thirty three said...

Looks like fun was had by all! Thanks for sharing.

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