AFC: 36 Ways To Live

Its been an awesome Monday. Had a sneak peak of AFC Original Production "36 Ways to Live" today. The highlight was of course catching up with Chef Emmanuel Stroobant again and perhaps the creme de la creme was tasting his cooking. 

36 Ways to Live premieres on Wednesday 12 September at 9:30pm. Chef Emmanuel Stroobant returns to AFC and shares how he lives, eats and enjoys his life to the fullest! In this new production Chef Emmanuel invites some of his closest VIP friends and media personalities to his home and whips up 36 of the most important life recipes that have marked his life. Featuring simple dishes that he makes at home to his successful signature dishes at his 5 restaurants, all dishes are inspired by his Belgian heritage, his love for healthy and nutritious foods, and his extensive travels.

The 12 episodes 36 Ways to Live promises to be fun. We were treated to Episode One today where Chef Emmanuel whips out a classical French feast for his dining guests. The other episodes include a tour of the kitchens of his successful restaurants, a picnic trip and even a yoga session with his staff! I can pretty much say that you will be charmed and enthralled by Chef Emmanuel’s skills, techniques, personality and his view on life and food!

On the set of 36 Ways to Live at Signature Kitchen in Kota Damansara, we were treated to watching Chef Emmanuel whip out a dish for us. An utterly decadent Pan Fried Foie Gras with Caramelized Apples were prepared smack in front of us...and of course we had the delightful experience of savouring on the spot. I'll share the recipe with you and if you do make it, I appreciate an invite t share your meal:D
• 1 foie gras
• 100g tempura flour
• 1 stick of celery, peeled
• 1 stick of carrot, peeled
• 1 shallot, peeled
• 1 sprig of thyme
• 200ml of veal jus
• 20ml of balsamic vinegar
• 2 green apples
• 20g of sugar
• 50g of butter
• 20ml of olive oil

Instructions: Sauce
1. For the sauce, cut carrot, celery and shallot into 2cm cubes.
2. Heat a knob of butter in a medium sized pot. You will know that the pot is hot enough when the butter stops sizzling.
3. Once the butter stops sizzling, add vegetables and thyme. Cook them till they turn soft.
4. Add a sprinkle of sugar and cook for a further 2 minutes.
5. Deglaze with balsamic vinegar and let the liquid reduce slowly.
6. Add veal jus and simmer for 30 minutes.
7. Strain the sauce and reduce until sauce thickens.
Instructions - Foie Gras and Apples
1. Peel the apple and cut into 3cm x 3cm cubes.
2. In a non-stick fry pan, heat the sugar till it starts to turn into a light amber colour.
3. Then, add 1 tablespoon of butter and apples.
4. Cook the apples for 1 minute on each side. Set aside.
5. For the foie gras, cut the lobe at an angle, and into a 2cm thickness slices.
Always cut with a warm knife for a clean cut
6. Lightly dust with tempura flour.
7. Using a frying pan, heat half portion of the oil and butter.
8. Once the butter stops sizzling, place the foie gras in the pan and turn the heat to medium.
9. Once you see a nice brown edge on the foie gras, flip it over to cook the other side.
10. Remove and place onto absorbent paper.
11. To plate, place a piece of caramelised apple on the plate and transfer the foie gras on top.
12. Bring the sauce to a boil, strain them in a blender.
13. Add a tablespoon of butter and blend the sauce.
14. Drizzle the sauce around the foie gras.
The day concludes with catching up with Chef Emmanuel whom I last met when Dino Ferrari was named the winner of E&O Search For AFC’s Next Celebrity Chef (read it here Hello Dino Ferrari). This year he's been busy with his restaurants Saint Pierre, Rocks Urban Grill + Bar, Brussel Sprouts, Picotin and Sque Rotisserie & Alehouse. Other than practicing yoga to stay fit (and I swear he looks much fitter compared to our last meet 8 months ago), Chef Emmanuel has been spending time travelling. He should be hitting the road again quite soon...
He is seriously nice and fit!
We caught up with him about the Super Chef Summer Camp that he ran recently. 40 kids aged between 6 and 14 years old went through a fun and eye opening camp on cooking and food. Bringing the kids back to basics about eating good and healthy food. Amazingly, he hared that the kids during the 4 weeks were also able to whip out meals for 100 pax!
I don't know what to make of this expression but I find it charming.
And more recently, last week Chef Emmanuel has started operating a canteen. Now you must think I am mad to use the term canteen. But yes, it is a canteen in Stamford American International School. He is a healthy person never mind that you see him using generous amounts of butter in his dishes and all. But he seeks that kids eat healthily and naturally. An example that we chatted includes mashed potatoes should be made from fresh potatoes not some form of powdered potato or potato flakes that we add water to. Chicken should be fresh not frozen. Hopefully this healthy canteen idea or approach takes off even in our Malaysian schools that in my opinion serves junk food to the kids. Sooner or later, its not that our kids are obese, lazy or stupid (how an kids study when they are sleepy after a sugar laden meal), its just that we're feeding them the wrong food including excessive sugar, salt, fat and processed carbs!

Back to 36 Ways to Live. Remember to catch the exclusive premiere Asian Food Channel, Wednesday, 12 September on Astro Channel 703. For more information:
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Hari ini saya sungguh gembira. Dapat menonton sneak preview Episod pertama 36 Ways to Live. Ini adalah satu siri baru ekslusif oleh Asian Food Channel. Kemuncak kegembiraan saya ialah apabila dapat bertemu semula dengan Chef Emmanuel Stroobant dan makan Foir Gras with Caramelized Apples yang dimasak oleh dia.

Kamu mungkin teringat dengan Chef Emmanuel yang lebih terkenal sebelum ini sebagain Chef in Black. Kini Chef Emmanuel Stroobant kembali ke AFC dengan siri baru 36 Ways to Live yang akan  mula ditayangkan pada Rabu 12 September di 9:30 malam. Dalam tayangan 12 siri ini, kita akan dapat melihat bagaimana  makan dan menikmati kehidupan dengan sepenuhnya! Chef Emmanuel juga menjemput beberapa rakan VIP dan media personaliti ke rumahnya untuk menikmati resipi yang dia gemari. Ini termasuk resipi yang dia masak di rumah dan juga di 5 restoran terkenal beliau.

Petang tadi, saya dapat menonton Episod Pertama 36 Ways to Live di mana Chef Emmanuel menghidangkan masakan klasik Perancis untuk tetamunya. Dalam episod-episod yang akan datang, Chef Emanuel akan menunjukkan behind the scene di dapur restoran dia, sesi yoga dan satu outing berkelah. 

Saya juga dapat melihat dengan mata sendiri Chef Emannuel memasak di Signature Kitchen, Kota Damansara. Ini sebenarnya lokasi perfileman 36 Ways to Live. Dengan tentunya kita juga dapat makan apa yang dimasak oleh Chef Emmanuel. Sungguh sedap sekali. Resipi terkandung di atas (maaf kerana saya tidak fasih untuk menulis resipinya dalam Bahasa Malaysia).

Selepas makan dan bergambar, saya catched up dengan Chef Emmanuel yang saya tidak berjumpa selama 8 bulan. Kali terakhir kita berjumpa apabila Dino Ferrari diumumkan sabagai pemenang E&O Search For AFC’s Next Celebrity Chef (boleh baca blog saya Hello Dino Ferrari). Tahun ini Chef Emmanuel masih sibuk dengan 5 restorannya  Saint Pierre, Rocks Urban Grill + Bar, Brussel Sprouts, Picotin and Sque Rotisserie & Alehouse. Selain dari kerja, Chef Emmanuel agak mementingkan kesihatan dan banyak beryoga. 

Chef Emmanuel dalam masa 8 bulan yang kita todak berjumpa juga ada berlancong. Beliau juga sibuk dengan satu projek baru yang mungkin dianggap pelik of segolongan orang. Namun, Chef Emmanuel baru sahaja memulakan operasi kantin sekolah. Saya tidak bergurau. Memang benar yang Chef Emmanuel baru mula beroperasi di Stamford American International School di mana dia dan krew mengendalikan kantin sekolah tersebut. Beliau percaya kanak-kanak seharusnya makan dengan tabiat yang sihat. Umpamanya bila mereka dihidang dengan mashed potato, ianya sepatutnya dibuat dari ekntang dan bukannya dari serbuk kentang yang dicampur dengan air.

Beliau juga baru habis mengendalikan Summer Camp Super Chef di mana dia mengajar 40 kanak-kanak berusia antara 6 dan 14 tahun bagaimana memasak. Saya sungguh kagum bila diberitahu yang kanak-kanak ini dalam masa 4 minggu tersebut  dapat menyiapkan hidangan untuk 100 orang! Dalam masa 4 minggu itu, kanak-kanak tersebut juga diajar mengenai cara pemakanan dan memasak dengan sihat.

Cukup saya berborak di sini. Ingat untuk menonton 36 Ways to Live pada Hari Rabu 12 September 9:30malam  di Astro Channel 703 ~ Asian Food Channel. Untuk maklumat lanjut:

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