Last night's dinner featured recipes from Thomas Keller's Bouchon cookbook. The book is named after Thomas' Bouchon restaurant, located next door to his other famous restaurant, French Laundry, in Yountville California.
First up we served a winter soup of Puy lentils and herbs, garnished with crumbled goat's cheese. Puy lentils are considered by many to be the best lentil because of their unique peppery flavour and the fact they hold their shape during cooking. They are the only lentil to be identified by area of cultivation – grown in the Le Puy region of France.
For dessert we served chocolate bouchons (small, circular brownies which resemble a cork) with chocolate sauce and coffee bean ice cream.