As Dame Edna put it so beautifully on the Great British Bake off for Comic Relief last week, today we had a room full of tarts. And then some. I did a little sneaky practice yesterday and made the Normandy Pear Tart.
Today, however it was the turn of the Apricot and Frangipane tart. I am a fan of these tarts (quelle surprise you might say), and really enjoyed putting it together.
And I think I might even put a tart on my final exam menu. Of course it would be foolish to take such a bold step without practicing them all again.
We also showcased smoked fish today as a starter, and I was particularly happy with my presentation of one of my plates.
I particularly liked the smoked trout. The intense flavour married very well with the more subtle smoked tuna.
And the finished article
We had sirloin for our main course, and the teachers emphasized how expensive good cuts of beef are, and also what to look out for when buying steak. I remember when in Kevin Thornton’s restaurant in Dublin, while filming Heat! how he showed us how to trim the fillets so carefully, and to really take your time trimming the meat.
So we ate quite well today, considering it was a Monday. I even managed to squeeze in a taste of Gran Marnier Souffle, which was completely devine. And I mean that, even after tasting all the tarts.