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Cooking this season – let’s call it vintage style: Cordon Bleu, Madhur Jaffrey & Edouard de Pomiane

The other day I found a complete set of the 1968 Cordon Bleu home course for sale online, and of course bought it immediately. It was designed by Rosemary Hume (founder of the Petit Cordon Bleu in the 30’s in London after she attended the Paris Cordon Bleu) and Muriel Downes, director of the school in the 50’s and 60’s. The course was organised over 72 weekly supplements, and I intend to do them as planned. Every Friday or Saturday night each week. I love the idea of this as it gives me something to look forward to and plan. We started two days ago and the menu was superb.

  • Potage Madrilène
  • Chicken véronique with julienne potato cake
  • Oranges in caramel w/ brandy snaps

Where has this potato cake been all my life? It’s ridiculously easy, beautiful to look at and just wonderful to eat. Julienne the potatoes (not long before, only when you’re ready to actually get going. You need starch for this to work, so no soaking!) Dry them. Generously butter a pan that can go in the oven. Press the potato strips into the pan. cover with a lid and give it a decent little fry on the stove top (5 minutes or so worked for me) to brown the bottom. Remember later you’re going to flip this over as with a tarte tatin (which means you can also make it fairly pretty if you have the energy to arrange potato slices.) Then put it in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes at 180º ish. Half way through pull it out of the oven and press down with a spatula so it all compresses into a proper cake. If you want the exact recipe, let me know and I’ll scan it and put it in the post.

Also in cooking I got Madhur Jaffrey’s Illustrated Indian Cookery, she’s my favourite for Indian food. And finally Edouard de Pomiane’s 1969 La Cuisine en 10 Minutes. Available in English as Cooking in 10 Minutes with a preface by Raymond Blanc. Every student, and to be honest every household should have this. Both are fab.

 

 

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44 comments on “Cooking this season – let’s call it vintage style: Cordon Bleu, Madhur Jaffrey & Edouard de Pomiane

  1. Steve Ruis
    September 10, 2018

    And when will the invitations be going out? (I have to save for the air fare.)

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    • The Pink Agendist
      September 10, 2018

      Our best food days are never with guests 😀 That probably sounds awful, but it’s true. For guests I stick to straightforward, easy food.

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  2. Kris Jennings
    September 10, 2018

    I am glad you found a weekly ritual involving food! Please keep sharing.

    We ordered Indian takeout this weekend. But I have never cooked anything, feeling intimidated and overwhelmed by all of the ingredients needed (esp spices). Find a simple one for me 😉

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    • The Pink Agendist
      September 10, 2018

      Many moons ago I was terribly intimidated by Indian food, but it was precisely watching Madhur Jaffrey which gave me the nerve to give it a try. It’s certainly more complex than other cuisines, but that’s mostly to do with layering flavours, rather than a complicated succession processes (like fine French cuisine.) I’ll have a look and come up with something easy for you to try.

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    • clubschadenfreude
      September 10, 2018

      I did a recipe from saveur for chicken korma. I ripped part the instructions and made my own which worked out better, at least for me. It does take a long time to make but it’s great! https://clubschadenfreude.com/2012/10/08/from-the-kitchen-murgh-korma/

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      • The Pink Agendist
        September 10, 2018

        Thanks for that! I always like the way you organise your recipes.

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  3. Bizzy
    September 10, 2018

    The potato cake looks like a baked version of hash browns, the cooking of which is a required skill for short-order cooks in greasy spoons — excuse me, coffee shops — all over America. They’re too good, especially if you add some onions. I’ve always eaten them with eggs, but with chicken, hmm, sounds excellent.I see a additional kilo in my future….

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    • The Pink Agendist
      September 10, 2018

      That’s a perfect description for it. When I read the recipe I was terribly suspicious – I thought it was too simple to work, but I was so very wrong. Browned onions, a dash of nutmeg and some pre-crisped lardons would probably all make interesting additions 😀 In for a kilo…

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  4. Helen Devries
    September 10, 2018

    I still have the Cordon Bleu set….I remember how it livened up our meals and how good the instructions were. I will hunt it out again, I think.

    Fellow students in our dingy digs – the Flattleship Potemkin – desperate for more than boiled eggs and Fray Bentos steak and kidney pie appealed to their mothers for recipes from home, thus an introduction to varied styles of Indian food and stuff from the north of China….and an introduction to the places to buy the ingredients.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      September 10, 2018

      Not in the least surprised you have this, Madam 🙂 The instructions are the best EVER. The way they lay everything out from the night before to dinner party organisation by hour starting at 5pm with serving at 8 is just perfect.

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      • Helen Devries
        September 10, 2018

        Took all the nerves out of the process….but looking back, how having people to the house has changed over the years. Then everything had to be just so, the food ‘interesting’….whereas now the conversation is more important than what is on the table so unless I have a rush of blood to the head the meals are pretty simple.
        I have de Pomiane too…but not the 10 minute one…makes enjoyable reading apart from the recipes.

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  5. Esme upon the Cloud
    September 10, 2018

    I love potato cakes. Potatoes, in general, are an ultra fabulous vegetable.

    – Esme nodding upon the Cloud

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    • The Pink Agendist
      September 10, 2018

      I’ve organised a network of volunteers to sneak bacon into your potato cakes. This has been going on for two years now and you still haven’t noticed. Surprise!

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      • Esme upon the Cloud
        September 10, 2018

        This would be possible only if I were an American, as potato cakes round these parts have no gritty bits of gristle – I’m afraid they have all been lying to you, but to be fair to them, I do pay them far more to add wee to all your drinks.

        – Esme Cloud bowing

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  6. poshbirdy
    September 10, 2018

    Looking forward to hearing more of your Cordon Bleu adventures. I adore doing Indian food and I LOVE Anjum Anand’s versions, which are less loaded with ghee but still wallowing in flavour. Oh dear, I’m getting cravings now

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    • The Pink Agendist
      September 10, 2018

      I remember Anjum Anand from tv. She’s fantastic. It was something like easy Indian or quick Indian, wasn’t it? She’s actually probably better for people to start with than Madhur.

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  7. Anony Mole
    September 10, 2018

    A fresh take on Julie & Julia. All you need is a Meryl Streep stand in…

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    • The Pink Agendist
      September 10, 2018

      How depressing! No, no, no! Mine is elegant, hers was desperate 😛

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      • Anony Mole
        September 10, 2018

        I’ll wait until the photos and reviews are in to judge that. Could be a significant project. Document well and you could turn it into a movie deal. Maybe get Alex French Guy Cooking to help.

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  8. Bela Johnson
    September 10, 2018

    Fun! I do so love a fabulous meal.

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  9. clubschadenfreude
    September 10, 2018

    I got a copy of Escoffier thinking I might try to work my way through it. Dear gods, I’d never get through the sauces 🙂

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    • The Pink Agendist
      September 10, 2018

      Do you like Fanny Craddock? She’s my favourite and most of what she did was based on Escoffier.

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      • clubschadenfreude
        September 10, 2018

        I’ve never heard of her. Off to Google!

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      • poshbirdy
        September 12, 2018

        Anyone remember Johnny saying that ‘all doughnuts should look like Fanny’s’ ROTFL

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      • The Pink Agendist
        September 12, 2018

        LOL 😀

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      • midihideaways
        September 17, 2018

        She was totally outrageous – I recently watched her instructions on choux pastry on youtube – she must have been hell to work with, but she’s so entertaining! 🙂

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    • Helen Devries
      September 10, 2018

      And when you think his watchword was ‘faites simple’….

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  10. Swarn Gill
    September 11, 2018

    Madhur Jaffrey is good. I recommend her Indian cookbooks to all those who want to learn how to cook authentic Indian food. Most of what I know how to make has no recipe so it is always difficult for me to give people a recipe, but someone gave me her book as gift one year and I loved it. Because it explained techniques in a way that made me understood what they were actually for, and thus I was able to expand my repertoire quite a bit, and also learn many recipes that I hadn’t been taught from my dad, but are things I ate regularly growing up.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      September 11, 2018

      I think she changed the way the British saw Indian food – showing it was something much more interesting and refined than *takeout*.

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  11. acflory
    September 11, 2018

    Me, me, me! The Offspring doesn’t like potatoes but I do so this sounds like something we could both enjoy.

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  12. A new life in Lille
    September 11, 2018

    I look forward to enjoying tales of the food you have cooked… and for me, it is all calorie free…

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  13. karenjane
    September 11, 2018

    The julienne potato cake looks good, so I will try that. I was hoping to make it tonight, but I was tired and so we had frozen mashed potato instead. Shocking I know, but my mash is always lumpy, and using a potato ricer is messy. Madhur Jaffrey is wonderful, I have one of her books that is well used. Enjoy your cooking.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      October 18, 2018

      Oops, missed this comment 😀 have you tried the potato cake? If not I’ve just put the whole recipe in the post.

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  14. midihideaways
    September 17, 2018

    I love my Pomiane books – he’s so precise in his instructions, and even though the books are totally outdated (put a pan of water on the stove to boil, before you even take of your hat), the why’s and how’s are still as valid as they were then. Another good one is “Cooking with Pomiane”, if you come across it! Well done for starting on the cordon bleu course, it’ll be fun!!

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  15. rabirius
    September 21, 2018

    Sounds so good…

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  16. jane
    October 18, 2018

    I am searching for the cordon bleu recipe for chicken veronique with the julienne potatoes. Would like to cook Mum’s family favourite recipe from my childhood on a special occasion. Please could you photo the original recipe?

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    • The Pink Agendist
      October 18, 2018

      Hi, Jane
      Just added the recipe to the bottom of the post itself. Just right click on the image to print. I also added the recipe of the potato cakes, just in case. They go very well together.

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  17. Judi Castille
    December 26, 2018

    Madhur Jeffrey book is on my cook shelf. Indian cookery is a little complex by it’s simplicity..All in the spices and being very patient.

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