Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Cooking With the Kiné


Weighing flour to bake a cake.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

One of my neighbours is a kiné. That's short for kinésithérapeute or physiotherapist. We have come to a friendly arrangement that involves him giving me the occasional physio session for my knee, in return for me teaching him to bake.

Chopping hazelnuts to top the cakes with.
Chopping nuts.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Our first session of baking was making chocolate cakes. This was a decision based on what he had in the house in terms of ingredients. He kind of sprung it on me,  but the cakes turned out fine using what we had on hand. The black silicone cannelé mould that we used to make cupcake sized cakes was found by him at a recyling centre.

Creaming the butter and sugar.
Creaming butter and sugar, baking a cake.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Sifting the dry ingredients, flour and cocoa, into the batter.
Sifting flour and cocoa into cake batter.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Apparently he's keen to learn how to make short pastry and a layer cake, but they may require a bit more planning.

Hamming it up.
Cake baking.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Baking and physiotherapy are conducted in English, as Raphaël has a Masters in English, but lacks people to keep up his language skills with. 

The finished cakes being plated.
Baking cake.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Raphaël took some of the cakes to work the next day to share with his colleagues, and gave me some.

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2 comments:

chm said...

Interesting symbiosis!

Susan said...

Not really symbiosis, just doing our bit for the sharing economy.

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