Monday, February 27, 2012

Out with the big boys

NO NO NO... this is NOT about Claudie's recipes.
I don't have any.

It's about my Valentine gift to Randy this year. A day to hang out with 7 top French chefs from the Québec region. They were competing for a Micheline Star. No not a tire, a rating that is very "upetyup" in the cooking world. 
It started at 11:00 AM, yeah I made it, and ended with a 5 course meal at the local community centre in our little village of Plantagenet. Who knew we had such a thing going on around here... not me. 
My cousin Nicole found it. 
Randy and Kenny were very happy to be able to watch the creations come to life, taste test and drink wine at the same time. That's tough you know. Nicole and I were just happy to get out and drink wine, lol. Kenny is the chef at their house, and Randy is the chef around here when the mood hits.
I'm not really into food, I just eat to keep alive.
not our favourite. 
That arch thing is a piece of wood.
Non edible. 

The competition was held at "LA BINERIE"
 It's not a fancy place. It's where they make... you 
Yes, the one's that make you fart. 
But they are FRENCH farts, so they
don't smell, lol.

Details, details, details, holy macaroni. 
My cousin Kenny and Randy in the kitchen. 

Cute waitresses delivered the food to the competition table. 
One dish was for us to eat.  

They were judged on cleanliness in the kitchen, presentation, and of course taste and texture. 

EVERYTHING was in FRENCH, so Kenny and Randy didn't understand a thing.
Nicole and I were translating all day and night. 

This was my dish. Well, not this one... 
this was the sample. 
But we did get to eat all the samples.
 I'm not sure what people find fascinating about food really. 
But that's just me. I don't cook remember?
This won "BEST DESSERT". Phyllo with apple and soft Québec cheese with pistachios.
Admiring the goods. 

This was some sort of ice cream rolled up with funny things around it.
It was OK. 
This looks PRETTY, but didn't taste that great. 
The brownie things were tasteless.
I liked the creativity. Looks like a crown.
The creator. 

This was my dessert. That is a MACARON
Randy scooped me a couple more at dinner. 
So delicious. I could have eaten just the 

This dessert was lovely. 
She had dried ice in that little glass cup.
The little tree trunk was maple sugar... yummy 
This was an interesting dessert. 
Wasabi with bacon and sorbet on the side.
Not sure what the other ingredients were...
 but it was sweet. 
One of the judges. The one with the hat.
 Oh yes, and a little PINK chef.
At our table in the community centre. 
Cute centre pieces with lemons, cherry tomatoes.
Some had limes and oranges

Wendy, I have your bracelet on : ) 
They were all so particular about the presentation. OMG. 
This salad mix had edible flowers.  

This was mine... it didn't win, but it was good. 
That green slime is pea puree. 
The chef also had a smear of sweet squash that totally complemented the chicken.

The winning dessert. 
My yummy dessert. Crême brûlée, macaron
and a brownie.
Could have done without the brownie. 

This is Alain. He put the whole thing on and owns the BINERIE.
Nice guy, and HE spoke ENGLISH. 
 The awards and the winners.
Great night, great food, great company.
The winning chef is off to the Canadian finales. If he wins, he's off to Germany for the international competition.

"Good Luck Chef Pierre".


Sherry @ A Happy Valentine said...

What a sweet gift to give your hubby for Valentine's Day. Looks like you had a great time even if you're not much into food.

I love your vintage picture of the happy cook. I have a feeling she might do my favorite kind of cooking ~ home cooking! :)

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Fabbbbbbbbbbbb post!! What fun was this. I am going back and really looking at every shot. What a gift!!! And how cool it is that you got to watch him enjoy!!


Love ya


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Whast a great Mr. would of loved that. The food looks unbelievable! How sweet...

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Sounds like fun for you hubby! I like to watch the cooking shows but I'm no cook that's for sure and all that fancy food doesn't really suit me. Still if there was wine I would enjoy it!! hugs, Linda

Red Rose Alley said...

I've never had the macarons, and I've always wanted to try them. This post was delightful to me because my son likes to cook. In fact, he wanted to get into culinary arts earlier but changed plans. We watch Paul Deen sometimes hehe. The vintage picture was the best - loved it!
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Julie Harward said...

I would have loved that! My favorite shows are the cooking competitions! You two make such a cute couple! :)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Claudie ma belle,

Quelle spectacle! Et les chefs, tous, français?

You have such a way dear heart to present moments. MOMENTS that otherwise would be forgotten or not documented, but sweet times of family and friends, and everyday comings and goings. I need to bring my ideas to specific moments more often....I tend to think in the clouds and I need to think more about what is going on in front of me...lovely ma chèrie.....grosses bises, Anita

De tout, de rien said...

Quels délices!

I don't like to cook either, but I definitely LOVE to eat. A little too much according to my scale, lol!

This looked like such an interesting event. I'm sure it was a nice change from the routine dishes most of us seem to tend to prepare on a rotating basis.

These chefs are so creative, both in their cooking and in their presentation. Too bad their creations take so long to plan and prepare and then disappear in the blink of an eye!

Grace said...

What beautiful pictures. Looks loke your Randy had a wonderful time with his fabulous gift! That was so nice of you to "suffer" through this food pressentation and eating. hahahaha You certainly have a flair with blogging. Very fun story. Grace xoox

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

What a fun experience! And what a great gift to your hubby Claudie.
And now I know how you stay so thin...your just not into food that much!
I used to be that way when I was younger, but I've changed. LOL.
It looks like you live in a fun town too!
I loved the frenchy bean story too, perfect!
Hugs friend,

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

What a fabulous gift to your hubby! I'm not much into gourmet food. Looks like he loved it!!!

Love and hugs,
Debbie xxoo

Barry said...

ha ha...everyone is making such wonderful comments on the food ect.

I like the whole French Farts concept ...he he he.
Gives it such a glamorous effect.
Next time I foo foo....I'll just tell Barry I am speaking in French.

I can imagine Randy loving this. The food displays are very creative. I guess if that's ALL you eat, you could loose a lot of weight eh. Not enough food there to feed a french fly.

Creme Brule...LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!
I have never had a macaroon...not like the ones you are always talking about.

I am glad you like your bracelet. I LOVED being able to surprise you with it.

You are exquisitly charming...and that's why we dub you THE CHARM gal.

I am finally feeling like my feet are back under me again after this last weekend. Whew.

wendy said...

OH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD...I just saw that Barry apparently had been using my computer and didn't switch it over.
SO...that is not my hunk a chunk of burning love that left you a comment...
it was Moi

Beverly said...

Girl, I am going to be laughing at "French farts don't smell" for quite a time. I can't wait to share this with my husband.

It does look like everyone had a wonderful time. I would have enjoyed this, too.

LuLu Kellogg said...

WOW! Food Porn!!!

Eeeeeeeeeeeek! I am wanting a macaron now! I made some faux ones and I even want to eat those!


Anonymous said...

Looks like a fun day at cooking
classes! I am sure Randy enjoyed it
and was "taking it all in"!! BTW, how did you "DO" wife, mother, girl
friend and love to entertain like you do and not COOK??? Tell me your
secret...I could have used knowing it!! Of course, you can tell you don't EAT, tiny little thing you are!!
I just love to read your posts!!
You have such a sense of humor (FRENCH FARTS don't smell..indeed!)
LOL You seem to know how to make everyone feel at ease and special and that is a gift, dear Claudie!
The cooks sometimes looked like they were as intent as if they were
performing surgery...giggle! It all
looked delicious and I am sure taste it, too.
My husband could not "boil water" when we married thirteen years ago, but health issues with me has cast him in the role of cook often
in the last few years, and I smile to myself, as I can see him start-
ing to get creative in the kitchen, too! Bless his heart (now you KNOW I am from the south!) I wonder how he would like a cooking class?! With the "felies jolie" as waitresses, he may enjoy it to no end!!
Have a fun Hump Day...Hugs, Francy

KIM @ Bluebirds and Butterflies said...

Hi there,
What a wonderful gift that you gave your sweet husband for Valentine's Day! I would love for my husband and I to take a cooking class together. Your husband will always remember this special day! xoxo Kim @ Bluebirds and Butterflies

Jo Ann said...

Wow! That looks like an amazing day! Nice to do something different; and something together too.

Brittany said...

Looks like you four had a really great time!!

It sounds like just the kind of thing that would be up Dad's alley. I think he really enjoyed the Italian cooking class we went to for his 50th. Italian farts DO smell ;)

jeanne said...

Here we go posted this on MONDAY??? I swan, this just makes me crazy. HA! Bob would say, "It's a short trip."

This is the most fun post and I loved it soooo much. Randy must have been beaming the whole time. I vaguely remember you saying you were off to a 7 course French dinner. Was this it?

The beauty of it all is stunning. So inventive and I hope mostly delicious. How does one make a bad brownie? That is beyond me. I trust your judgement though Claudie.

I am still going back to look at the photos again. How long did this presentation last? I would have loved being there.

Another one of your fabulous posts and next time tell me about it...PLEASE? I will talk to Beverly about the feed thing tonight.

Tomorrow we leave to visit my brother overnight. I won't take my computer. Sharon would be insulted. My SIL is a bit put off by the five sisters so I will give her my undivided attention. Smile. I can't wait to see my darling brother. He is a kind loving man who loves his wife. So I am very careful when I am with her...not to kid or anything. She has no sense of humor. Sigh! No HA's for the next two days.

This is beginning to look like a chapter in a book.
I love you bunches,
Jeanne xoxoxo

Kim @ Bluebirds and Butterflies said...

Hi Claudie,
Thank you soooooooooo much for the nice visit to my blog and for all the sweet comments. I left you a couple of comments on my blog but thought I would pop in and say thank you and visit you, too. I see you have a birthday coming up. My husband's birthday is March 5th...very near, so we will be celebrating a birthday, too, this month. I hope that you, Claudie, have a fantastic birthday with those you love. I have enjoyed visiting you at your blog. As you said, I do think we have a lot in common. Let's keep in touch. Have a beautiful day. I will look up Teresa in Bainbridge Island on her blog. Thanks for suggesting her blog to me. Love ya, Kim xoxo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour ma precieuse amie!

Yes dearest heart, I love to play with my gal pals too, but in the end, it is HIM who I love to cuddle up with, come home to, and play with on the weekends. We are crazy; we get ourselves into all sorts of projects and ideas, and I think this is one of the reasons why time has passed by so quickly. We never have enough time to get every thing done that we dream of doing!!!!!

How are you my most gorgeous one? SPRING IS COMING, and soon your pink cottage will be filled with the bright colors of flowers and happiness. Each day is a gift and you know how to enjoy it....peace and MOST OF ALL, LOVE TO YOU CHÈRE CLAUDIE!! Anita

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Well now I know how you stay so tiny.... you don't eat !!! That's okay because you know I make up for it.
What a sweet gift to give your hubby and the laughs you gave to us.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

That looked like so much fun! Makes me think of Top Chef, one of my favorite shows. Sweet of you to get hubs that nice gift.

Sandy Michelle said...

OMG I would love to try gourmet food like that! How is you son? Is the car drivable?

Sandy xox

Red Rose Alley said...

Good morning, my lovely friend. I wanted to tell you that we changed things around here and there on our blog this weekend, and we put your blog on our side bar as one of our favorites. Check it out when you get a chance. Your blog is not only wonderful, but I always love your comments when you visit us too. They are heartfelt, and always seem to connect with us in a special way. You have a zest for life, and that is so important. We all have struggles, but you seem to smile through it all. Happy Monday to you, sweeie.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

~CC Catherine said...

Hey Honee of a French Poodle friend...this looks like you all had a Valentine FOOD Blast! Randy and your cousin look like their in Chef HEAVEN! :)

I can't imagine how delicious all that was...and the Creme Brulee??? Oh my goodness, that sounds scrumptious. There's a little cafe near the Gone with the Wind Museum called "SUGAR CAKES". It's divine and they have on their menu "Creme Brulee French Toast". My friend got it - I will try it the next time. This time I tried the French Crepe filled with some yummy's for the tummy. We had a great time.

I "MISS" you my lovely friend. We must schedule a SKYPE call so I can both SEE you and TALK with you...and more importantly GIGGLE & LAUGH with you! xoxo

Deborah aka Miss Bee said...

Randy must have loved this gift. However, I must say, NONE of that food looked anywhere near as yummy as what Randy really cooks at home. How could you beat what he did for us? I will never forget it...even the 'firehouse' beef was wonderful! Really, I think about his eggs benny, bread, eggplant...all of it, all the time!

We just got back in town yesteday evening from visiting Leah and the boys in Virginia. Now getting ready to head to California for two weeks.

Still love you even though I don't keep in touch like I want to. You know I love you!

C'est moi Claudette said...

This is a test to see if that dumb double word verification is there

C'est moi Claudette said...

Nope it's not HURRAY!!!!

dana said...

OMG, Claudie....that was a fabulous post!! I love your "take" on cooking and food!! I am also not into cooking....I do it "to live" as you say and because I don't have a resident chef like you do!! :)

Besides the French Farts reference (I'll be thinking about that all day!! ) I so enjoyed the desserts!! Now, desserts are something I do love....especially creme brulee and macaroons! So, I would have been on cloud 9 for that part of the day!! I was, however, very intrigued by how hard those chefs work to present their food. They are artists for sure!

So, how come your cousin doesn't speak French, if you do? Did you grow up with it being spoken at home? I think that's awesome that you do!!!

Gotta head out for a wee little jog. I don't want to but I'm determined to get back to the 5K level....and I have a way to go. Our exercise teacher (at our gym) quit and I feel totally sluggish!!!! Gotta find another teacher to "push" my fat butt to work hard. Otherwise, I tend to not do it!! :) She's also a runner, so it was fun to "talk" that with her. :(

Have a great day. It's gonna be in the low 80s again here today. This is really scary. Our summer will probably be dreadful.

L, Dana

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