Among the two days of food photography taking for the school, there was also a lot of eating. There were obviously the tasty dishes prepared, cooked and photographed for the school's website.
There also was an amazing meal at Out of the Blue. I really love seafood and going to a restaurant that only serves this on its menu was truly fantastic (you will not actually find anything else than seafood courses on the starters and main courses menu). Having been raised on the seaside in France (Atlantic Ocean side), I was really excited when I saw the menu that evening as a lot of the dishes sounded very familiar to me. I chose to have two starters as they were very appealing. First, we were greeted with a little taster of a pan seared scallop on a delicate bed of spinach puree. Scallops are my favourite seafood so this was a great way to start the meal. It was followed for me by a most flavoursome langoustine bisque with sauce aïoli. This produced a big smile on my face, I could have easily had a second serving if I had not ordered another dish. I have had bisques in the past that were either too salty or did not taste like the seafood it pretended to be. This langoustine bisque was just perfection. My second starter was a monkfish cheeks vol-au-vent. Delicate layers of puff pastry with melt-in-the-mouth leek, beurre blanc sauce and the wonderful monkfish cheeks. Monkfish is an ugly looking fish but it is oh so delicious!
Describing those dishes and speaking about Out of the Blue has made me crave for more. I am really looking forward to my next trip there!
And then, there was the ice cream!
I was already very familiar with it since there is a shop in Dublin (check out Miss French Foodie in Dublin's visit there last year). On the drive back, we were all chatting away after a day's work and I suddenly got very distracted by the sight of the Murphy's Ice Cream shop. The car was promptly parked across from it and it was decided we should all go for ice cream. This somewhat started a little ice cream addiction for me that week. That evening, I chose two scoops of the Dingle Gin and lemon curd ice creams, how divine together! We went back the next day and this time, I had butterscotch and silky smooth chocolate.
Back in Dublin, I was nearly unstoppable. I just needed my fix of Murphy's ice cream. I dragged E. there one evening before meeting a friend of us and tried the buttermilk and blackcurrant sorbet combination. The following day was sunny, yet another excuse this time to have my favourite combination: raspberry sorbet and sea salt ice cream.
I think this must have nearly been enough to last me a while though since I do not usually eat ice cream that often.
What a very delicious week indeed!