French Christmas feast
Chef-owner Alexandre Lozachmeur teaches participants and shoppers how to whip up a French feast for Christmas
The second demonstration conducted by chef Alexandre Lozachmeur – chef-owner of Fleur de Sel - at the Bukit Panjang Plaza Fairprice Finest outlet on 3rd December, was centred around French cuisine.
With the festive season just around the corner, chef Alexandre prepared recipes that were perfect for hosting lunch and dinner parties at home. Extremely easy to prepare with ingredients that can be purchased from Fairprice Finest, the three dishes that chef taught that day were: Butternut Squash Veloute served with Croutons and Sour Cream, Beef Tartare, and Braised Pork Cheeks served with Sauteed Potatoes, Mushrooms and Carrots.
For this session, chef Alexandre demonstrated how to prepare the beer tartare first, which does not require any cooking. He simply diced up the beef tenderloin into cubes, before preparing the sauce comprising egg yolk, mustard, olive oil, shallot, cornichon, capers, parsley, tabasco, Worcestershire sauce and ketchup. Many shoppers and participants were pleasantly surprised by how simple this delicious dish was to prepare.
After chef finished his demonstration, the four pairs of participants went straight ahead to prepare their very own beef tartare, and everyone later shared that they had a whale of a time.
Next up, chef Alexandre prepared the butternut squash veloute, which was yet another tasty and fuss-free dish. While the first two dishes that chef Alexandre demonstrated were impressive, the last dish of the day - the braised pork cheeks – proved to be the highlight. Many of the participants and shoppers commented that the sauce, made with butter and cream, was very hearty and comforting, while the meat was succulent and tender. Big thanks to Fairprice Finest for making this delicious demonstration possible, and to chef Nicholas Scorpion and chef Alexandre Lozachmeur for their patience in clarifying doubts, answering questions and sharing helpful cooking tips. We look forward to seeing you at our next event!
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