Saturday was a beautiful, summer day and I was one of the lucky ladies invited to spend it at Maryam's lovely, comfortable home in San Diego. We were there in support of her charity, Cancer Coping Center.
Maryam provided an incredible, gourmet luncheon, a pastry class and a creative, fun swag bag.
The luncheon started with the most delicious chilled cucumber soup I've ever tasted. It continued with an incredible, delicately made salad, including vegetables, chicken, mouthwatering pork tenderloin and apricots, pate', biscuits and more. Dessert was an authentic, seven layer, French, chocolate cake. (I know there is an absolutely fabulous name for this cake and I wish I knew it.) Suffice it to say, my pallet was in heaven.
My descriptions of Chef Yves cuisine are rudimentary. I wish I could convey this exquisite luncheon in better terms. It was awesome!
The class was presented by Executive French Pastry Chef Yves Fournier. He is a fifth generation French Pastry Chef. Check out his website for further information on booking a pastry class for your friends, a dinner party or private lessons. You won't be disappointed!
Chef Yves not only taught us, but also provided us with the ingredients to make French Macaroons. We learned how to make an easy, yet phenomenal Chocolate Mousse and Crème Mousseline. All of these recipes are so versatile. Chef Yves gave us many different ideas and ways to use these wonderful dishes.
Of course, it wasn't enough to learn how to make them. We happily sampled everything.
Maryam is a natural born, wonderful hostess and friend.
I was delighted to be invited to share this time with her.