Cooking

When I left France as a young student aged twenty to go to London in order to better my English, it is fair to say that cooking was not a skill in my bag. I knew about two or three recipes at most, pancakes being the main one, and of course I knew how to open a packet of ham, slice open a baguette, butter it, slice some tomatoes and a Brie, season the whole lot and 'et voilà' I had a sandwich on the go for lunch, then jazzing up some pasta would do in the evening. My Mum, who did all the cooking in my youth, slaving by the stove, gave me a parting present: a cookery book larger than the bible saying simply that I may find this handy. Hoping for a better present, at that time a game boy game of some sort or the latest novel, disappointed, I vowed not to open the book. But with my cooking skill being virtually nil, being on a student budget which didn't allow many Take Away, finding out that beans on toast can make you fart in the worst places like pick hour in a congested tube, I reluctantly opened that cookery bible two weeks later. From then on, it was a learning curve when a succesful 'gratin dauphinois' made you suddenly the best 'Chef' in the house. I grabbed the cooking bug taking it as a necessary skill which I could not be without. But I see cooking as a pleasure, being a foodie. I enjoy that time spent in the kitchen baking muffins while watching TV and sipping a glass of wine. For me cooking is all about love and sharing the love and care on a plate. 

Home-made Celery soup
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Baking
Baking Methods.
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Braising
Braising Methods.
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Candy Making
Candy Making Methods
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Curing
Curing Methods
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Deep-Frying
Deep Frying Methods
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En Papillote
Cooking en Papillote
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Fondue Methods
Fondue Methods
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Frying
Methods of Frying.
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Glaze
Glaze Cooking Technique
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Grilling
Grilling Methods
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Hibachi
Hibachi Style Cooking Methods
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Infusion
Infusion Methods
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Juicing
Juicing Methods
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Making Bread
About Making Bread
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Making Stocks
About Making Stocks
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Marinating
Marinating Methods.
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Outdoor Cooking
Outdoor Cooking Methods
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Pané Methods
Pané Methods
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Poaching
Poaching Methods
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Preserving Methods
A Selection of Preserving Methods
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Roasting
Roasting Methods.
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Sautéing
Sautéing Cooking Methods
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Sous-Vide
Sous-Vide Cooking
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Steaming
Steaming Methods
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Stir Frying
Stir Fry Methods.
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Tandoor
Tandoor Cooking Methods
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Wok Cooking
Wok Cooking Methods