Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Flambé et Brûlé

Bonjour LIFEers! Today we welcomed back our favorite French Professor and all around funny-man, Georges Detiveaux, who we learned was Knighted in France! Georges received the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques for his excellence in academics and teaching the French language and French culture. Congratulations Georges! Perhaps by teaching a few French cooking classes you can be elevated to the the title of Officer... Our LIFE class will always welcome you back, especially after today's success.

Georges explained to us some of the basics of French desserts, focusing on the classic dishes of crème brûlée and bananas foster. Crème brûlée means "burnt cream" in French, but we like the way it sounds in French better. Did you know that vanilla beans actually come from an orchid plant? Did you also know that you can cheat at a Crêpe Suzette recipe by buying the crêpes already made at the grocery store? Both are true, but you probably don't want to say the latter to a French cuisine connoisseur. Also, feel free to use a kitchen blow torch or a candle lighter to light your bananas foster on fire. You are less likely to burn your house down using that method over the traditional tilt-the-pan method.

Check out some of the famous French recipes at Georges' website below, and be sure to celebrate National French Week this November 8-14th.

Your funny for the day: when asked if he had any sugar-free French dessert recipes, Georges replied, "You're asking the wrong person. I don't do anything for free." Thank you Georges!

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