I have spent some time cooking in two restaurants; The Venue in Kansas City under Dennis Kaniger and The Marsh Tavern in the Equinox Hotel in Manchester, Vermont under Brian Aspell. Cooking was not a profession for me, I had to do it because my interest in food was so strong and I felt it was important for me to spend some time in a couple of professional kitchens. My interest is mostly in French and Italian Cuisine but I also have a strong interest in traditional Arabic and Indian and regional American cuisines too.
Posted by SWISS_CHEF
on 14 November 2017 - 09:26 PM
We were in Le Clerc today and Melanie notices this special window at the butcher's counter with 30-day aged Charloais beef. Now, normally such a thing is of little interest to me 😉 but I felt an obligation to keep my girl happy so we phoned our banker in Switzerland and surprisingly he OK'd our purchase.
Living in a Gite for the week, we had to make a few adjustments to the cooking process because the "grill" which at one time had four legs, now only boasted one and that one refused to be removed and the remaining refused to be attached, resulting in an awkward cooking surface so we had to improvise by pilfering the grate and using it in the fireplace.
Posted by SWISS_CHEF
on 27 October 2017 - 02:40 PM
So I put some chicken bones on a slow simmer to make a stock and after about an hour it starts to smell really nice. So I say "wow I can really smell my stock" and Mel (my wife) says WHAT? Smell your socks? That's gross! .... It's hell to be an old-aged foodie!
I didn't see a topic dedicated to the subject of cigars and Cognac so here it is!
Let me say from the get-go that I am no expert, only a willing participant. I am fortunate to live in Switzerland where we have no trouble obtaining Cuban cigars and because I live near the border with France and Germany I have access to a very wide range of Cognacs and cigars. I don't spent a lot either.... the most expensive cognac is €44 ($60). The cigars are an even better value at less than a buck each, but I assure you they have been perfectly kept and are moist and fresh very nice to smoke.
Here are the Cognacs that I have open at the moment They are (left to right) Beaubourg VSOP Jean Pierre Delatour XO Davidoff Classic Jules Gautret 3ème Reme Martin "Club"
The Cigars are Guantanamera's , Compay and Dècimos (Cuban)
PS: I think cigars and Cognac are as much of a hobby for women as men. Please feel free to post here too ladies.