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Le Cordon Bleu, Week IX – Members Only

I remember the first day I slipped into the white jacket with blue piping and embroidered crest of Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa. It was a day that was two years in the making. It said to me that I was now a member of a private club; the fellowship of butter.
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Ching Wan Hung, Chinese Medicine - Food Gypsy

Essentials in the kitchen – Burn Treatment

When you work with fire, chances are, sooner or later you’re gonna' get burned. Ching Wan Hung (also written “Jing Wan Hung”) Chinese burn ointment. I have a big tub of it in my locker at Le Cordon Bleu which I apply liberally to the scorched, splattered, sizzled and fried flesh that arrives there.
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Grilled beef rib with compound butter - Food Gypsy

Le Cordon Bleu, Week VI – Crackin’ the Books

The daily walk to school through the city's core - over the Rideau Canal, past the campus of Ottawa U to the big yellow mansion that is Le Cordon Bleu - is my solace. I focus on the classes ahead and leave behind any unfinished business that is anything other than my culinary studies and dive headlong into the plan of the day.
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Souffle glace a l'orange - Food Gypsy

The Many Flavours of LIFE

“Tell me how it tastes... is it salty or sweet?  Is it bitter or is it bland?  Did you even... taste it?” When was the last time you slowly licked the bowl?  When was the last time you indulged in…

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Le Cordon Bleu pen - Food Gypsy

The most expensive pen… EVER

From the heart of Canada’s western fruit belt, the beautiful Okanagan, there came a sudden change in plan. I’d set my heart on further gallivanting, visiting and general merriment when there sprang to light the reality of living the dream. …

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