|Beef Bourguignon Skewers|
Italian sausage sizzling, onions and red peppers crackling, corn on the cob slowly heating atop foil-wrapped potatoes placed carefully atop the edges of the charcoal grill. Barbecuing was my father’s specialty and even now, every bite, every scent and sound of grilled food takes me right back to my childhood.
Last week, when I learned to make Parisian Mumbai Salad with marinated grilled chicken at Le Cordon Bleu Los Angeles, I created a new culinary memory, one with a burst of Indian and French cuisine tossed in! Now, each time I replicate this dish, I will find myself reliving the moments this amazing experience and my fondness for THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY movie that led me there.
|Kitchen classroom in Le Cordon Bleu Los Angeles|
Entering the famed cooking school campus, I could feel the creativity emanate from every pot, pan, cutting board and gas burner in the building. Thousands of culinary triumphs have lined the counter tops, mountains of moments are steamed into the very fabric of the building. You are not just stepping into a classroom, you are stepping into the place where Béchamel sauces and Crème Brulee dreams spring to life daily.
After receiving a tour of the facility and a brief overview of the instructional programs, we were treated to some tasty treats including a Beef Bourguignon-inspired skewer and a delightful Quiche Lorraine.
(We’ve recently featured both of these recipes on Rural Mom as part of our #FoodieFridays series, be sure to add them to your recipe file!
Quiche Lorraine: https://www.ruralmom.com/2014/06/quiche-lorraine-recipe-100footjourney.html
Beef Bourguignon a la Hassan https://www.ruralmom.com/2014/05/beef-bourguinon-a-la-Hassan-Recipe.html)
The highlight of the event, though, was the taste-bud tantalizing Parisian Mumbai Salad we learned to cook at Le Cordon Bleu. (Stay tuned, I’ll be featuring this recipe in our upcoming #FoodieFriday!)
Inspired by THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY, the Parisian Mumbai Salad is a fusion of Indian and French cuisine. Every bite of this amazing dish took me on a wild culinary journey, yet still had me finding the familiar tastes of home in the marinated grilled chicken.
|Parisian Mumbai Salad|
In THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY food plays an important role, not just in the lives of the chefs who create culinary art. Food is in essence part of the expression of the souls and the journeys of all the characters in the film.
If you are not familiar with this fabulous film that will hit the big screen August 8, be sure to check out the trailer below and mark your calendar to catch it opening day. This is a must-see movie that will absolutely warm your heart and wet your appetite!
Having the chance to cook at Le Cordon Bleu made me feel even more connected to this amazing film. Catching a glimpse of the training the aspiring chefs go through and the dedication to their craft was quite a thrill, and I truly feel richer for having this exceptional experience alongside some of my favorite blogging friends including Linda from NYCSingleMom.com, Lisa from MyThoughtsIdeasandRamblings.com, and Mitch from GayNYCDad.com (pictured below.)
|(Left to right) Linda, Lisa, Me and Mitch|
What bites take you home? Have you embarked on any new culinary adventures this summer?
|Live cooking demonstration at Le Cordon Bleu|
Disclosure: I received an exclusive trip courtesy of Disney to attend various events including a tour and cooking session at Le Cordon Bleu. I’m under no obligation to report anything other than my personal experience, thoughts and opinions.