Six months after setting off for France, Joe Cole has proven he's learnt a thing or two. John Foster went to find out more...
Lille loanee Joe Cole has used a brief visit to parent club Liverpool to show off his new culinary repertoire, whipping up an exemplary French toast that is said to have left his former team-mates Ã¢ÂÂdazzled.Ã¢ÂÂ
Ã¢ÂÂThis is a great opportunity to show the gaffer and the lads how much IÃ¢ÂÂve learnt in FranceÃ¢ÂÂ, Cole told FourFourTwo.com.
Ã¢ÂÂI used to think there was only one kind of toast,Ã¢ÂÂ he said, Ã¢ÂÂand you made it by putting bread in a toaster.
Ã¢ÂÂBut it turns out you can make toast in a pan with an egg and cream batter, a bit of maple syrup, some cinnamon, and a dusting of icing sugar.
Ã¢ÂÂSmall differences, but itÃ¢ÂÂs still toast at the end of the day.Ã¢ÂÂ
The former Chelsea playmaker explained that he felt his breakfasts were stagnating a bit in England.
Ã¢ÂÂEarlier in my career IÃ¢ÂÂd do things like try and make a smoked salmon kedgeree with crispy fried shallots and a mustard jus, when the most anybody wanted was a bun.
Ã¢ÂÂI found myself falling back more and more on pop tarts and supermarket muesli. It does the job, but itÃ¢ÂÂs not the sort of breakfast you want to serve up to people day in, day out.Ã¢ÂÂ
Pundits in England have long considered Cole to be more suited to a continental style of breakfast, though the player himself admits to having had some doubts before his move to France.
Ã¢ÂÂIt was a big step. I had to get a place to live. I had to learn the French word for whisk. I thought it would take me a bit of time to find the eggs, but it turns out thereÃ¢ÂÂs a special shelf for them in the fridge.Ã¢ÂÂ
Asked for his opinion on ColeÃ¢ÂÂs culinary skills, Lille team-mate Pierre Bosquet commented, Ã¢ÂÂCÃ¢ÂÂest magnifique, mais ce nÃ¢ÂÂest pas le toast.Ã¢ÂÂ
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