French Cooking Class Singapore
French cuisines are fancy. They conjure up images of romantic date nights, company-sponsored dinners, and once-in-a-lifetime trips to beautiful Paris. Yet, it doesn’t have to be just that. With the right techniques, ingredients, and dining mentality, you can create an amazing French multi-course meal on an average weeknight at the comfort of your own home!
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French Cooking may appear complicated, but it’s not exactly rocket science. Ultimately, this is about crafting a harmonious dish that elevates the quality of the main ingredient.
For example, different regions in France may have different treatment of their chickens. Burgundy makes Coq Au Vin, the Basque region makes Chicken Basque. Yet, amidst the differences, this is still all about the chicken.
Fine food is all about building flavours, and the French do that really well.
In the soup-, stew-, and sauce-heavy cuisine, dishes often start with a base of mirepoix, which is a combination of diced celery, onions, carrots, and garlic. Wine is then carefully added into a hot pan, allowing the concentrated flavour of the alcohol to come through. Then, browned meats are added, intensifying the layers of flavour.
Finishing the dish with fresh herbs adds that final punch.
A Multi-Course French Gourmet
French Starter (Une Entrée)
In France, the starter course is called an entrée. French entrées are served at the start of the meal and is an essential step in most dinners. They are a chance for diners to relax and slow down a little, ensuring that the big main course isn’t eaten in a big hurry.
French Main (Le Plat Principal)
The main course is the focal point of any French meal and comes in a great variety. Given the numerous regions and cultural influences within France, the cuisines can range from simple to complex with a variety of meat, poultry, and vegetable ingredients used.
The French didn’t spend centuries perfecting the art of pastry for nothing. They know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to dessert preparation. From wonders filled with crème pâtissière to fruit tarts to French macarons, every item is simply mouthwatering and delicious.
French Cooking Styles
Mastery of French cooking techniques empowers you the ability to whip up any French cuisines, from Cassoulet and Steak au Poivre to even Bouillabaisse, without breaking sweat.
To sauté is to cook food quickly over high heat in minimum amounts of fat. ‘Sauté’ literally means ‘to jump’ in French, which describes how the food reacts when tossed quickly in a hot pan. This technique ensures that the food turns brown, lending richness to meats and produce, all whilst retaining the natural flavour, texture, and moisture of the food.
Flambéing is a technique usually employed towards the end of cooking, in which alcohol is added to a hot pan to create a surge of flames. By rapidly burning off the volatile alcohol, flambéing embellishes a dish with greater aroma and flavour, whilst moderating the harshness of raw, high-proof spirits. The word flambé means “flamed” in French.
This French style of cooking involves the simmering of foods in liquid slowly. Common liquids used are milk, stock, wine, or water. Poaching is done because some foods dry out or fall apart easily. The relatively low temperature of the liquid minimises any agitation, thereby making it ideal for the cooking of delicate or fragile food items.
Why Learn French Cuisine from ChefTales?
Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup. Eat well, laugh often, love abundantly
There are few cuisines in the world that create as romantic and classy an ambience with their presentation and taste as French Dishes do.
Performing basic techniques well, layering flavours, and taking pleasure in dining are principles you can easily introduce at home.
Easy to Learn
Equip yourself with the skills necessary to prepare several authentic French Dishes in the comfort of your very own home!
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100% hands-on from scratch; you will learn how to cook up these authentic French Cuisines with the ingredients provided. Learn the skills, techniques and knowledge of crafting different French Cuisines! Learn to cook up Beef Tartare and Mesclun Salad with Mixed Fruits in this class!
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“The classes are easy to follow, it’s completely hands on, you get to eat what you make, and depending on the class, you leave with some of the fruits of your labor. Thank you SGCookingLessons for this great experience!”Xavier Lim
“I highly recommend the cooking classes at SGCookingLessons. I had one of the best experiences with the Chef and assistants. They have all of the ingredients for each dish set up for you so that they can show you and have you practice the various skills such as knife skills to thinly slice or shave vegetables to get a restaurant qualify finished product. I had expected to learn some recipes, but I left having learnt real skills!”Pan Chen Ting
“I truly enjoyed the cooking class! I found that I learned new things that I did not know before and confirmed things that I was doing right. I thought the chef was very personable and knowledgeable. I can’t wait to make the recipes at home and I appreciate that they are simple, easy to manage and healthy!”Kathy Phua