Chef Giacomello, his assistant, and our class. Carlo Coco (on the left, in black) expert in gastronomic history, guidebook and cookbook author. And Antonio (lower right), interpreter and Venice expert who guided us through the backstreets and historic sites of Venice.
Mr G receiving his Award.
We also learned how to prepare:
White Chocolate Heart with Passion Fruit Jelly
Terrine of Giant Prawns in Curry-Flavored Pastry Case with Pumpkin cream
Banana Mousse with Chocolate Heart and Caramel Sauce
Saffroned "Chiche" in Truffle-Flavoured Robiola Cream served in Parmesan Wafers
Duck's Breast in Honey and Chili Peppers with Whisked Potatoes and Ribbon-shaped Vegetables
Veal Fillet Medallions
Chef Giacomello taught us how to cook and bake with aphrodisiacs and 22 karat gold.
Each day we "tested" our recipes in Gritti's elegant dining room.
After our 4-hour stroll through Venice, each afternoon, we enjoyed a glass of Prosecco at the famous Gritti bar. Happy Valentine's Day to you, my dear Blogging Friends. Gina
Are brown eggs more nutritious, No, but it does matter what they eat. When you give them a lot of greens, the egg yolk will be darker and taste less sulphur like.
do they contain less cholesterol, Maybe. It is argued that Araucana chicken eggs contain less cholesterol.
do you think that a hen house needs a rooster, No, not for egg production.
do you know the body temperature of a chicken, Chicken body temperature normally runs about 102 degrees Fahrenheit. A chicken heart beats 280-315 beats per minute.
which breed of chickens lay the most eggs, Leghorns, the world record (1979) was set by a white Leghorn who laid 371 eggs in 364 days. In 1925 chickens laid an average of 100 eggs in a year.
which breed of chickens lay blue eggs, The Ameraucana and Araucana, from South America. They are beautiful but most roosters are mean.
why are grocery store eggs white, Because Leghorn chickens, who lay white eggs, are the most prolific layers.
what is a pullet egg, It's the first group of eggs laid by a young chicken. Bakers prefer to use these eggs because they are very fresh. Large eggs are stored for months before they are delivered to the grocery store. Pullet eggs are not stored.
what is a capon, A young, male chicken that has been neutered, a relatively simple procedure because a chicken is easily hypnotized and their high body temperature prevents them from getting infections. A caponized chicken grows to be very large and fat.
how many eggs does a chicken lay in a year, Around 250, but depends on the breed. Their most prolific laying time is in early Spring. The time when chickens are thinking about hiding their eggs and sitting on their clutch of eggs.
And most importantly, do they taste better? Every egg tastes different. Free Range chicken eggs are different from commercial eggs. Commercially raised chickens are fed a prepared meal and sometimes marigold flower petals are added to make the egg yolk darker. You are what you eat. Right?
Have a wonderful weekend my dear
And treat yourself to a big ole breakfast with steak and eggs and hash browns and home made biscuits with fresh butter and dollops of home made preserves.
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