Posts from 2009


Read More Confusion!

Posted on Wed, 02/12/2009

I took this photo of my husband earlier this week, as we had our normal start of the day, cup of coffee on the restaurant deck - discussing as we are wont to do, what we have coming up during the week. It is the first...>>>

Read More Casualisation of restaurants

Posted on Fri, 04/12/2009

This article blames the  trend towards the dumbing down of restaurants in America to blogs written  about how people don't want all that goes with fine dining anymore. But I suspect is has a whole heap more to...>>>

Read More Julia Childs on David Letterman in 1987

Posted on Sat, 05/12/2009

This is an amazing video clip that shows Julia Childs addlibing on the David Letterman show when the element she has to cook a hamburger on  doesn't work. As he says towards the end of the clip, she is 'very inventive...>>>

Read More The work of a chef

Posted on Tue, 08/12/2009

This blog is by a female chef who is working in one of New Yorks top restaurants. I started reading the blog when she was working in Paris - and find her descriptions of what her day involves to be lucid and fascinating. In...>>>

Read More Christmas Series

Posted on Wed, 09/12/2009

We had the last class in the Christmas series today. We started this series back in Sept so it feels as if we've been doing it for awhile now, and I confess that I'm not too distressed by the thought that I won't be sitting...>>>

Read More Life after Julie/Julia for Julie Powell

Posted on Thu, 10/12/2009

Contrary to the impression I may be giving I am not obsessed with the Julie/Julia movie ( although it has been a useful reference point, when people got twitchy about the use of 'butter' in the last cookschool series. We...>>>

Read More Christmas rush

Posted on Sat, 12/12/2009

Have just got changed again for what feels like the umpteenth time today, as I switch between the various hats ( figuratively speaking!) that I've needed on, to get done what I needed too... About to go and get a couple...>>>

Read More Molecular cooking - Herve This

Posted on Sun, 13/12/2009

I am not a chef. I'm an enthusiastic home cook, and I have always considered my role in the cookschools to be one of interpretation. Rick is a restaurant chef with a much higher practical skill level to me, and also most...>>>

Read More Making macarons

Posted on Wed, 16/12/2009

David Lebovitz is a food blogger and cookbook author that I refer to alot. He lives in Paris most of the year, and talks about his passion for pastry and dessert cooking in an approachable manner that I really enjoy. I've...>>>

Read More An owl

Posted on Wed, 16/12/2009

Totally unrelated to my world really - but an extraordinary video sent by Chris, thats just, well, amazing.......>>>

Read More The Daily Beast

Posted on Tue, 22/12/2009

I'm just about to head over to the restaurant for dinner service, but have been sitting at my desk answering some emails, and catching up on some  reading, and that led me to this website, which is one I check in on...>>>

Read More End of the restaurant year

Posted on Thu, 24/12/2009

We've just been for a bush walk down below. We don't often take the time to mooch thru the bush and that is a shame becos its beautiful down there. A bit muddy underfoot in places from the natural springs, and the dogs are...>>>

Read More Nigel Slaters pick of top cookbooks

Posted on Sat, 26/12/2009

One of the long standing jokes in the cookschools are the slight tweaks and modifications that  Rick suggests people make to his recipes. Becos we repeat the classes a number of times, Rick sometimes evolves a slightly...>>>

Read More Christmas 09

Posted on Sat, 26/12/2009

    Christmas Day on the beach! God we live in a beautiful place!...>>>

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