YAY! My first complement from Chef C. My St. Honore pastry passed his high standards with a "Bon!" (Good!)
My pastry isn't perfect, but it is getting better. I am so glad I took the six-session pastry class at L'Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda -- thank you, Theresa. I know better when things are in the right stage, and I am even able to help people around me a little. I am celebrating my successes today with a half-bottle (ok, maybe the whole bottle!) of champagne, I just wish I had some visitors to share in the ridiculous amounts of pastry and the amazing champagne.
My palmiers (elephant ears) and apple turnovers turned out beautifully, even though I didn't really mix the puff pastry dough enough.
I am not that fond of dead animals, and thought that I wouldn't be able to stomach the cuisine track. The cuisine class in the kitchen before ours cooked rabbits today. And very nicely left the heads in a bowl for us as a present. I was the only one who could stand to move the bowl into the dishwashing room. So if I had an extra 40 grand, I think I could do it! In case you are wondering, rabbits heads look frightening like cat heads. I didn't take a photo, and promise to never post a photo of rabbits' heads here.
Still smiling after 12 hours in the kitchen!