Today, I spent a couple of hours learning the secrets of French cooking at one of the best French restaurants in the Sacramento area with two friends. The best word to describe our class was delightful.
The setting was perfect.
In the class, our clearly knowledgeable instructor demonstrated how to make the 5 mother sauces of French cooking: bechamel, aoili, remoulade, hollandaise, and bernaise. To his credit, the instructor made these sauces look easy to prepare. I somehow suspect it will not be quite so easy in my kitchen. 🙂
The class ended with a lovely meal featuring three sauces made in class.
Overall, a wonderful experience.
Cindi May wrote an interesting article in Scientific American entitled, The Inspiration Paradox: Your Best Creative Is Not When You Think. To summarize, creativity seems to benefit from lack of focus. Therefore, a person’s most creative times are when they are not at their peak alertness.
I wonder if somehow the moments when we are not at our peak lessens the barrier between our conscious and subconscious minds?
I spent last Saturday at the zoo with my family, but what really caught my eye was little signs of spring.
No, I don’t know what to make of it, either. But, I made time to get my paints out, and that has to count for something.