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Newsletter November 2011

In Association Culinaire Francaise on November 14, 2011 at 19:51








Majorca / Hurlingham via Marseille , only good things may take place.

In Association Culinaire Francaise, Food, Travel on October 18, 2011 at 11:50

At around 8am , the sun is very much appearing as a big bright orange (high up it is scorching although we are soon to be flirting with the winter frosts), sending us all his best kisses , warm and comforting , like bouncing off the surface of mother earth as if by amusement , making his stand up also known as rise , this elegantly , allowing us seeing through the aurora so to ripen the fields of olives , almonds and much more , giving us another wonderful day this time to return to our not so monotonous but different , filled with working days and e-mails of justification , approvals …etc normal life in other terms…

I feel having been away for so long ,as if my travel had included a period through time , I now return to the much larger city of Palma going through the traffic that always leads us to it , as if dragged , sucked in.

I enjoy very much what is then being felt , having loved now and then sipping a fruit cocktail through a straw and being kept apart from much of all reality , but that at time , also is reality.

Sobressada de Majorca made from black pig is “something” to spread on a chunky slice of deliciously toasted bread (wood fired if you still have your BBQ at hand) as this onctuous and rich , red of paprika and spices “paste” is pushed into this not so elegant , rather rustic “tube” (Or its many variant such as Longaniza , Rizada to name a few) made from the pork intestine is delicious either spread onto bread or even slowly melted before adding a rice into the cooking pot , instantly coloring and perfuming the dish in ways real food lovers only may understand , feel and even sometimes smell although my wordings are simple and only describing the reason my mouth is now running its juices made of an excitement I only get from memory , desire but also experience and expectation.

There are a few other items one may squeeze amongst his luggage when travelling so to remind himself the pleasure only recently felt and discovered such as the Crema de Almendra , found to be used (as per recommendations) dissolved into warm milk during the long and cold nights of our winter or used into cakes and various patisseries.

Dulce de Leche or “Milk Jam” beside being local and “tradicional” , has this toffee consistency with the beating powers of “elbow pushing” Nutellas and other lookalike off the markets shelves.

Closer to “our” Mediterranean shores , in the Marseille region , has seen the appearance of what I would describe as subtile creation not only by its ingredients but its presentation being so adequate , so “branche d’Olivier”

L’esperantine de Marseille (avec l’accent s’il vous plait) was created in 1999 for the 2600 years of the city of Marseille and obtained immediately high recognition amongst the great chocolate “haut de gamme”. I must say myself I am loving its down to earth concept  (almond,mint,orange and extra virgin olive oil) but equaling its place amongst my favourite in terms of love , design taste and originality, thus beside the like of Bubble Chocolate Lenotre or its “L7g” cube of 7gr of pure chocolate bliss aspreviously reported.

As the ACF Annual Black Tie Event is just around the corner (Friday 21st October 2011), its purpose in promoting our industry is being constantly worked on , wishing not only its success but also perpetration , a “happy cooking” motto always is in order as has proved its latest competition , having brought together a few professionals of various levels , all brushing shoulder with one another.

Annual Black Tie Dinner

In Association Culinaire Francaise on October 4, 2011 at 00:30

La Langouste de Cuba by Monsieur Jean.

In Association Culinaire Francaise, Blablabla, Uncategorized on February 19, 2011 at 15:26

As we all are  impatiently awaiting  for spring to show us his first signs , starting to gently warm up our face and slowly bringing back smiles after the cold has pulled our skin so tight that not a wrinkle appears and thus keeping us as young as if time had suddenly stopped for the past six months now (Yes I know but the winter is rather long in the Uk) we all anticipate new menus , ideas and how this summer’s first barbecue should take place , which marinade , seasoning or zest will be added to the soaking rib eye, middle neck, or prawns…….did I say prawns? why not shrimps while I am at it……”let’s be extravagant and throw a few lobsters or langouste on the red hot charcoal”, lets dip our lips and surround them with a few tickling bubbles, the recession has hit us all very hard, and we are paying the hard price of it every time we go for our daily trip to the supermarket, at the pump or simply around the corner to our local pub for a moment of “detente” as we all deserve a little time for ourselves.

However, I will try to keep us out of the “rumble” as I would rather talk to you about France and the past few days events that I have come across or was involved with or simply stumbled into it on the streets of north London , that keeps me close to my “people” , my root , my love , as if they were following me without giving me away nor abandoning me for the unknown and unchartered territories , like protecting and keeping a close eye over me. Thinking this way allows me to feel the freedom and being much less vulnerable.

And that is when……….Tataaaaa….I am having a deja vu , right before my eyes, this legend as I have named him was there on the broadway of Muswell Hill, representing “La France” (dans toute sa splendeur) and like Monsieur Jean , who was at the time going from one restaurant of central London to another , riding through the streets of Mayfair, always on time with his seasonal Artichokes or Fresh Garlic  hanging around his neck , his bicycle covered with bunches of the most flavoursome onions , he has never forgotten to take one for the road before heading and rolling through the Michelin Stars of the Capital. For those who have never seen him must have been at least told the great story once in their lifetime and thus not without a cracking joke or laughter to twist your intestine….this is his moment from me, like a dedicace,  as he has always been and always will be with me, riding his bicycle alongside.

“Papa Blanc” was in the Observer Magazine last Sunday ,on the cover as well as inside of course and talking about , I let you guess ,see the clue above pictured… food and France or France and food, whatever order you prefer. Maman Blanc of course was mentioned as well his ex wives but never his mistresses, why? because his fidelity has always been his pride along with his roots and of course his great work ,as Raymond Blanc IS a pillard of nowadays catering industry in the Uk, along with only a few that would be holding in one hand and one hand only and not by the size of their ego that is nor their success . Le Manoir au Quatre Saison ,Oxfordshire  has been Mr Blanc proud and joy for over 25 years now and still carrying the “Bleu, Blanc,Rouge” flag as if the days of running through the fields of  “La Grande Dame” (France that is)had just gone past, still having left behind the delicious smell of the Tarte aux Pommes gently cooling down by the window, attracting the honey bees by its sweet odour of caramelised apples and flan. mmmmmmmm

This month , the first page of the Secours Mutuels was posted on the Association Culinaire Francaise de Londres website and thus for the very good of our members, giving the possibility or the “tool” as this would  be called nowadays, to offer the ACF members the help needed in the case of invalidity or incapacity to work .

Feeling now satisfied that the matter has been put  into place  and in motion , although tweaking or alteration in order to offer a better help and service is continuously needed  , I am now having an urge and cannot stop myself of thinking…

“What’s next” ?

Association Culinaire Francaise de Londres

In Association Culinaire Francaise on February 2, 2011 at 21:50

The Association Culinaire Francaise de Londres was established in 1903 by Emile Fetu and Georges Auguste Escoffier. Under the patronage of His Excellency the French Ambassador , tradition is being perpetrated throughout the numerous events, competitions and fund raising organised alongside with the very hard work of a dedicated team striving for its legacy to be maintained and accomplished.

I hereby present you with its second “Pastry Day”, an event organised to promote patisserie with an English “twist”, avis aux amateurs (Students) et Professionels (Professionals).

The day will be completed with demonstrations by professionals and expositions of chocolate, foie-gras and other fabulous item we all love taking down at the Diner table.

We are welcoming all applicants willing to take this opportunity and fabulous learning curve that the competition brings to one beside the prestige and fabulous price being offered and wishing all the best of luck to the participants as nowadays levels and stakes are high but so much worth the challenge.

Happy cooking ! 🙂

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