French Cooking Lessons
New At Old Barn Gallery this summer—French Cooking Lessons!
This Summer Gallery Owner Carol Rivoire and talented friend, Helene Amiable –visiting from France with be offering demonstration cooking classes with tastings.
Our First Lesson was a huge success!
The class is only $55 for 2 hours + of learning and tasting. Everyone agreed it was the bargain of the century.
So, if you’re interested, please contact me (Carol) at 902-386-2304 for reservations. Bring a friend and have twice the fun and learning. –
What always fascinates me with Helene’s French culinary expertise are “les petits trucs” as the French say (the little tricks that mean so much to the finished dish). She shared a lot of them in her first lesson and will continue to do so.
The two dishes she prepared and we tasted were “Les Cruditiess” (a platter of varied grated vegetables each dressed with a specific, homemade sauce)
As Helene explained, this is the PERFECT first course when you’re serving a heavy main dish; for instance, beef.
The second first course she prepared was sauteed scallops with a chiffonade of lettuce on the plate dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette. – Absolutely to die for.
We’ll do another course next TuesdayIF we have the minimum number of students, which is four. – If not, we’ll do it the following Tuesday.
We had a great time and so did our students.
Emphasis is on French Family Cooking that uses lots of vegetables and is healthy, easy to prepare, and inexpensive.
Helene is a talented cook. She is Parisian born and bred, and has been deeply steeped in classical French cooking and food preparation her entire life. — She’s an energetic, vibrant soon to be 80 years old. – No one would ever guess her age from her looks, her energy level, her flexibility, her strength, her spirit, and intellectual interests. (politics, history, philosophy).
Helene has not only cooked for a family of six, entertained endlessly for large parties - Everything from 6 course dinners to a pig roast in the garden. Helene has also taught cooking in France, as well as here in Nova Scotia at Beaver Dam Farm. – She is personable and enthusiastic. – She does not speak any English, but Carol Rivoire of Old Barn Gallery at Beaver Dam Farm will be translating.
Both Carol and Helene are particularly interested in teaching young people how nice it is to cook REAL FOOD and enjoy the pleasures of the table. – Helene has some wonderful advice for young mothers as well. She’s eager to impart her “secret’ of introducing real, natural food to babies - things like garlic in a potato puree. – Children raised in this very natural way grow up to have good sense as well as good taste in the food they choose.
Tuesday Mornings, next lesson… June 18th 10 – 12:30
Cost of the course is $55
Space is limited, to sign up call, (902) 386-2304 or email