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Life as a pastry newbie - Auvergne

auvergne  Life as a pastry newbie   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceLife as a pastry newbie is Elaine’s blog about her experiences of starting a new career in pastries by going to pastry school in Yssingeaux which is about an hour and a half away from Lyon.

The blog starts in October 2010 when Elaine says Bonjour from France.

And then it’s Start of pastry school and Elaine starts to learn all about… “costing, drawing, hygiene and security and something they call food technology.”




The Yssingeaux Bits…..

“Every Thursday morning the town of Yssingeaux comes to life at the weekly market. “

So starts First Thursday Market in which Elaine has a wander round the market before suffering a freezing day at school.

She mentions that… “They even sell live chicken, rabbits and pigeons in cages at the market.”

Nice! Chicken, Rabbit and Pigeon pie anyone?

And then it’s a Beautiful day in Yssingeaux which ends up, inspired by fresh air and sun, with some yoga!

Now, many people have remarked that I could do with doing some yoga to help me slim a bit. And I would give it a go, you know….

If only I wasn’t so fat!

The Exploring bits…..

Of course, when Elaine isn’t too busy making pastries and doing yoga she does get the chance to explore a bit.

Starting with First Weekend – Trip to Lyon where she does some shopping but all she… “got was a sweater, socks, snow pants, ear warmers and a pair of ugly snow shoes.”

Sounds the sort of getup that I wear to bed in frozen Brittany!

Never mind Elaine; at least you got to see the gastronomical capital of France (and thus, the world – if not the universe?)

And then there’s the trip to Toulouse where Elaine refrains from buying an ugly snow shoes but does have a breakfast to die for!

The next day sees her visiting Bordeaux where she stays in a luxury hotel, sneaks into the Opera House without paying and manages to take this photo of a really rather cute macaron display.

And then there’s the Field Trip to Capfruit and Valrhona where, after an excellent lunch, Elaine gets to visit the factory where her pastry school’s chocolate comes from.

I’m not going to mention the chocolate dress that she photographed. Too tempting…….

Finally, there is a Day at Claremont Ferrand with the obligatory X-Rays and peeing in a cup (buggered if I’m ever going there if that’s what you have to do!) before a lovely yummy meal of a lamb shank with ratatouille and semoule.

And, at the Christmas Market it was all washed down with some Vin Chaud!

Nice! Perhaps that does make up for all that peeing in a cup stuff?

The Pastry bits……

Now lets take a look at the really interesting stuff….

The bits all about pastry!

There’s a recipe for Brioche that sounds really rather nice (although I’d be tempted to buy mine in the Christmas Market just so that I could wash it down with a nice glass of Vin Chaud?)

And then in a Crazy week of labs before the winter break it was… “all about making chocolates, ganache and bouches (log cakes for Christmas.)”

Elaine says that… “I don’t like making chocolate. It is very messy and very very temperature sensitive” and I tend to agree with her…..

I do like eating it, though; I’m really rather good at that!

In Let us in… Elaine talks about making Macarons and Palmiers.

She also mentions being locked out of the class at 6am because someone has overslept.

And, although it has absolutely nothing at all to do with Pastry, I would be really rather remiss in my duties as Editor in Chief at A Taste of Garlic if I failed to mention the post all about My Walk to School.

Because here Elaine discovers that…. “I have yet to walk through snow but I have had to walk through dog poop. The people here do NOT pick up after their pets and it’s really disgusting to see all this poop along the roads wherever we walk.”

Welcome to France, Elaine!

Welcome to France!

So, summing up…..

An interesting and different blog, Life as a pastry newbie is tasty alternative to many other Life in France type blogs.

Elaine writes intelligently and engagingly and man people will find the mixture of recipes and real life, to be found here, and addictive combination.

So, if you have the slightest bit of a sweet tooth (or think that you might like to develop one), why not pay a visit to Life as a pastry newbie as see what tickles your fancy?

And me? Well, I’m going to take a look at The week of catching up on sleep.

I need my beauty sleep (or so most people tell me!), I do!

All the best

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