I went to Lycee le Castel with my sister to learn how to master French macaroon technique. Chef Michel, was one of the instructors who taught my sister during her study there, was really kind. He taught me his technique how to make French macaroon and showed me the school.
I was really excited when he showed me the building that Gustave Eiffel, who designed the Eiffel Tower and created the internal frame of the Statue of Liberty, used to live. The building is very nice. There is a wine learning center in this building too--so cool. At Lycee le Castel, they have a restaurant and cafe that open to public twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday. I plan to have lunch at the cafe and dinner at the restaurant soon.
Talking about French macaroon, although the texture was really nice and I loved it, I couldn't get the feet to rise. Chef Michel told me that he should reduce the amount of cocoa powder in half so that the batter wasn't too heavy. Also it needed to rest for a day before going into the oven. Since I didn't have much time in the class, so I only rest it for an hour. One interesting thing was people here tend to make French macaroon in one flavor. When I asked Chef I wanted to make chocolate shell with lemon filling, he was a bit surprised. I confirmed back that it gonna be delicious even though he wasn't sure yet--ha ha ha!!
While I was waiting for the skins to form, I did observe a student who is going to complete the sugar work competition next month. She is a talented girl, and a top twelve in class that will be graduated this summer. It's not easy to get to this point although the school doesn't charge student any money. The way it works here is the school will accept 24 student, then reduce the class in half after 2 years. There will be only 12 student to continue to the third year. Although the curriculum is similar, but the way they teach is totally different from where I graduated. Here is more detail and technique. I wish I could speak French and attend this school in full program.
I really enjoy visiting my sister this time. I've got to eat and learn so many things that I missed last time. Every day I buy different baguette from different shop, check out cheese and French macaroon, learn something new from locals etc. It's just fun fun fun. Oh, I have an appointment to go into a boulangerie's kitchen and see how they make their baguette. Don't you love that to be able to see their secret. :))
I'm planning to visit Barcelona with my sister and her husband this Monday. We plan to drive to Lyon and spend a night in Marseille before continue to Barcelona and stay there for 2-3 nights. It's going to be fun. I'll blog about it after the trip. Anyway, we're heading to Beaune to visit my brother-in-law's grandpa and grandma this afternoon. I'll post the recipe sometimes soon--stay tuned!