Lamb bones just out of the oven...
And into a pot of sweated mirepoix, with chicken stock and beef stock made from the previous day.
One slab of pork belly stringed and cut into half before going into the pot above.
Heating sugar to make syrup and pralines.
Almond pralines. One of the rare occasions I'm prepared to put that much sugar into my mouth.
Yiyi also prepared home made ice cream. Here, he taught me how to know when heating cream and milk in a pot is ready. With your finger, draw a line across the wooden spoon. When the cream mixture does not drip into the dividing line, that's when it's at 84 degrees Celsius and ready.
He invested in an Epicurean bread making board and swears by it.
A Southern France bread - Fougasse (which means Focus) with sundried tomatoes and kalamata olives.
The starter dough was prepared the night before, and the process which needs 3 proofs took almost all day.
Fougasse is distinguished by its slashed holes, traditionally cut in a ladder or tree shape.
And yes, unfortunately, our young friend got over-enthusiastic and sliced off some of himself on a mandolin. We can now certify him a real chef who has said his farewell to the good life of a doctor, lawyer or engineer.