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Question.... Regarding Black Lives Matters...

I understand there is a 10 point Manifesto....Is there an author to these points? If not....how were they adopted? A friend was asking and I'm clueless. DU is always spot on top of such issues.

It's here!!!! My dear friend, Francois de Melogue has finished his cookbook!!!!


" Cuisine of the Sun"

features simplistic, delicious cooking techniques and Provencal recipes.

Please visit the kick starter page and see his video clip. He did everything himself....now in the final phase. Pledge your support and get a first edition, signed copy.

Oh, I must add....he is a HUGE Bernie Sanders Supporter. Francois trained at the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont where now my Brett attends. Francois has been pivotal in guiding Brett as he has also done for Beau MacMillian who is featured in the video clip.

Game of Thrones: Episode 9 Dance of Dragons....***Speculation Spoilers below.

Well, Stannis has just failed the test of what kings are made of.....apparently he has to cheat to win. In light of his most recent choice of battle strategies, it makes me sense that he will die very soon at the hand of Brienne of Tarth from the pointy end of Oathkeeper. I think the show has built-up to this possibility. Brienne talking/sharing with Pod the Squire about her bond with Renley in earlier episode and her first oath was promised.....I just hope that Ramsey and the Boltons are snuffed out before that happens.

I was thrilled with Dany riding Drogon as this is who she is..." Mother of Dragons" ; glad to see her back on task....Tyrion is just awesome.....Jorah has been redeemed but what the hell is going to happen with the greyscales? That said, it was discussed in previous episodes that Stannis did seek out all the Maesters in the land to cure his daughter...which was a success. So, maybe Tyrion will recall the incident.

Jon at the Wall....I think he is going to have his "awakening" moment. I am a fan of the Prince who was Promised.

Okay...what say you?

I'm throwing this OP post out here to get feedback...

I know we have to wait for the autopsy report etc,,,, I always want to understand what happened. I'm just speculating....like anyone else.

I think the Baltimore cops were cowboying around resulting in the fatal injury to Freddie.

I listened to Rachel Maddow....

Sounds to me it was a combination of events.. I sense initial injury of a cracked spine/ vertebrae occurred at the chase take-down. Then he got a "rough ride" in the van, unrestrained and handcuffed which extended and displaced the spinal cracks into fracture shards cutting the spine. Fractured larynx from an impact hit to the throat during a toss in the van...probably hitting the bench while handcuffed and striking his neck area during a toss when brakes applied to van. Hitting the bench at the larynx area also could of extended the spinal cracks in vertebrae...making complete fractures and severing spinal cord.

That's my sense of breakdown scenario. Rachel gave no injury speculation but did give details of the transport phase. It's just my look at the options...

I think the rough ride was done because they were pisst after having to chase him for several blocks.....No intentional harm but always dangerous for obvious reasons. The ride to the jail was only 30 minutes...they admitted to making I believe, 3 stops. Maybe the term cowboying around does not fit...I don't see malicious/ malice either....

Should there be a movement to boycott the NCAA Final Four? Related to the Indiana discrimination law

The Final Four will be held in Indianapolis Indiana. Home viewers can go into "blackout mode"....I enjoy the Final Four but will support a TV blackout if it is in vogue.

John Legend accepted an Oscar for "Glory".... Why was he not listed as a nominee?

I'm confused....

Son is doing his first culinary internship in California.

This is an amazing opportunity for a 19 year old who desires to become a fine Chef. He attends New England Culinary Institute in Vermont.

The Chef is very much a dynamic teacher of the French Culinary style using, local, sustainable ingredients. He will work this intern to his limit...that's a good thing.

It's a 6 month internship.

Friend and Chef, Francois de Melogue is currently published in the UK.....


Bourride – ‘Provencal Sunshine’

Words & photography by Francois de Melogue


The Origins of Bourride

I am surely going to piss off my Marseille family and bouillabaisse purists alike with this one. To put it simply, bourride is bouillabaisse’s troubled half-sister. While they certainly share a common lineage, there are stark characteristics that differentiate the two. Classically, both start with a pureed broth made from onions, fennel, garlic, orange peel, saffron, tomatoes, olive oil and small rockfish.

Eating bouillabaisse is a carefully choreographed religious ceremony, usually requiring 24 hours notice, whose consumption is performed in two sacred rites ending perhaps with genuflexion to the sacred cauldron. Bourride, on the other hand, is more like a courthouse marriage done on a whim over an office lunch break, still a covenant and very satisfying but with far less ceremony and planning.

Bouillabaisse is traditionally served in two courses starting with the broth ladled into warm bowls and served with garlic croutons, shredded Parmesan, rouille and aioli. After seconds are offered, the whole fish poached in the broth are presented to the table, than fileted and served glistening in more broth. Bourride is made from fish filets cooked in the broth and enriched by a liaison of egg yolks and aioli whisked in at the last moment.

According to Alan Davidson in the ‘Oxford Companion to Food’, the first mention of a bouillabaisse-like soup of French origin appears in print in ‘La Cuisine de Santé’ authored by Jourdain Le Cointe in 1790. He describes a scene where fishermen and their wives are on a riverbed boiling a cauldron full of ingredients very reminiscent of bouillabaisse. The recipe given is called ‘Matellote du Poisson’. It’s not until 1830 when ‘Le Cuisinier Durand’ is written that we get a dish actually called bouillabaisse.

Traditionally, bourride is an emulsified fish broth made from small unsellable rock fish thickened with Aioli, but I prefer making a lighter broth and thickening with rouille. Provencal flavours are bolder and more assertive than in other parts of France. Rouille just adds an extra kick of spice I love. I make the broth far lighter by leaving the vegetables julienned and omitting sieved rockfish. A mentor once told me “people do not eat methods, people eat results.” The result is an easy to make and share version of a Provencal classic.


Use whatever fish you can find at your local fish market. I generally like to find at least one meatier fish and some kind of shellfish.


For the marinated fish:

1 codfish, cut in four pieces
1/2 bay scallops
1 Manila clams, scrubbed
1/2 shrimp
60 ml olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
big pinch saffron
small handful basil
1 orange, zested/juiced
60 ml pastis

For the broth:

1/2 fennel bulb, julienned
1/2 onion, sliced
2 thin carrots, julienned
1/2 pepper, julienned
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tsp saffron
4 San Marzano tomatoes, chopped
480 ml white wine
950 ml fish broth
120 ml Pastis

For the rouille:

2 egg yolks
2 tsp sea salt
Large pinch saffron
2 tsp sweet paprika
2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp Blis hot sauce
2 tsp red vinegar
120 ml canola oil

To finish:

1 egg yolk
8 new potatoes, boiled/peeled
12 slices baguette, toasted

The full article will provide more narrative and cooking method.

My friend, Chef Francois de Melogue has a food blog...

I encourage you fine chefs here at DU Cooking to visit the blog. He is in New York City this month and is knee deep in truffles!

Enjoy his adventures... He was the winner on "Guys Grocery Games" this past October 26th, 2014...won $18,000... More TV adventures to come.

"Eat Till You Bleed"

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