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Tasting Paris through film & 2-for-1 haute cuisine

The association between Paris and ‘haute cuisine’ is intricate, deeply entrenched and etched into the sub-consciences of savants and lay persons (like myself) alike. The reputation of France and Paris for its culinary prowess endures long after Louis XIV worked to establish the reputation of France as a centre for luxury, decadence and as a standard bearer for good taste. Since then, what has changed is that haute cuisine has somewhat democratised since the monarchical days of old when good taste was the esoteric preserve of the extremely well-heeled and powerful. Over the decades, the secrets to fine dining have been progressively leaked and common folk, like myself, can access information on what makes for good food. We also have access to the food itself, depending on our levels of willingness and capacity to pay. At the same time, a few things remain antiquated : The domination of the professional culinary world by men for example. While it is true that a broader proportion of middle class folk can enjoy fine dining, the profession itself …

Moroccan Pastilla in Paris : Recipe (and Restaurant?)

It has been almost a month since I returned from a short break to Morocco but I dearly miss the food.I would return to Morocco simply to eat. And, in particular, to eat Bastiya/ Pastilla, the dish that I gorged upon in obscene quantities. Until my next trip to Morocco, I will have to bring Morocco to Paris and look for it here. One step that I’m taking is trading next Sunday’s Roast for Pastilla. I’ll trust this most delightful and educational video to be a guide to prepare next Sunday’s Moroccan style lunch: A dear friend who empathises deeply with the acute culinary fixation that I developed for Moroccan food also recommended the restaurant of the Grand mosque of Paris. Hopefully a trip to the Grand Mosque at 39 Rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire – 75005 Paris will prove to be as delightful as I already imagine it will be…Cannot wait!!

The real Salade Niçoise, apparently…

The sun is out and while it is premature to do so, it is difd it also stimulates the temptation to put together summer-y, French salad for dinner. One of my favourites has always been ‘Salade Niçoise’. Recently, I stumbled upon a recipe that is supposed to be one for ‘le vraie salade niçoise’. I’ll try it out tonight, see how it goes. I guess living in Paris is not at all about eating in restaurants – especially for students – but rather having an excellent collection great, easy and quick recipes! The city is a fantastic place to shop for ingredients and sharpen one’s home cooking skills. And, of course,needless to say that eating out is expensive for students on a budget. Here goes tonight’s recipe from the French blog, Le Menu du Marche: Ingrédients 200 g de mesclun 6 tomates 1 gousse d’ail 1 poivron vert 1 bulbe de fenouil 8 cébettes (ou oignons blancs) 8 radis 1 branche de céleri 150 g de fèves fraîches 4 œufs durs 1 boîte de thon …

The Artist – the score, oh my, the score!

So, ‘The Artist’ is all over the news after its history making winnings at the OScars over the past weekend. Among the barrows of awards that the film walked away with was one for the music score, which is quite beautiful – judging from the few pieces of it that h I’ve stumbled across. I think in this extract of the film’s score is a piece of ‘fantasie d’amour’. Good to see an improbable French experiment win both critical and commercial success. Bravo!

Reviving Recipes: Boeuf Bourguignon and Tart au citron

This past weekend I was in the role of nurse, and tried my hand at a few recipes to help my partner revive from a very bad cold. He is clearly much bette rnow because we had a fight yesterday. Good to see that he is back to his old self and strong enough to be catty. Well, in addition to being about him, I also enjoyed the dishes. Apart from a good, old chicken soup, a Beef Bourgignon and Tarte aux Citrons were two culinary highlights of the weekend. The former, fortified with protein and several vitamins and the latter overdosed with lemon for maximal nutrients. Recipes are as follows, en français: Boeuf Bourgignon Taken from 750grammes.com, a gold mine of French recipes INGREDIENTS Pour 6 personne(s) – 1,5 kg de boeuf pour bourguignon – 200 gr de lardons – 60 gr de beurre – 10 petits oignons – 2 carottes – 2 gousses d’ail – 60 gr de farine (4 c.à.s.) – 2 grands verres de vin rouge (50cl) bourgogne évidemment – 2 …

Pumpkin Soup for our Parisian Kitchen

This winter this pumpkin soup recipe has been an absolute winner in my partner and I’s kitchen. It is a definite one to be tried! I tend to add a bit of ginger as well to give it a bit of zest. The recipe is thanks to CuisineAZ.com a treasure trove of French food recipes. I’ve not translated the recipe as a sign of my pride in my increasing aptitude for French, and as a tribute to the power of google translate for anyone who might end up using this one: Soupe au poitiron et à la creme fraîche Pour 4 Personne(s) Temps de préparation : 20 min Temps de cuisson : 30 min 600 g de potiron 3/4 l de lait (75 cl) 200 g de crème fraîche 1 pincée de noix de muscade 40 g de beurre sel, poivre Découpez soigneusement la chair du potiron en très petits dés réguliers. Faites fondre le beurre dans une cocotte, ajoutez le potiron et étuvez jusqu’à ce que la chair se défasse un peu. Versez le …

“In Paris, everything looks like dessert”

You have to love the punchy opening statement of Susan Hochbaum’s pitch for her new publication on Paris and its strong link to dessert – “In Paris, everything looks like dessert” she asserts. Thereafter, she proceeds to provide evidence for her claim through a collection of images that demonstrate how all of Paris, is in fact, a gigantic collection of beautiful sweets and pastries. “Pastry Paris’ is her beautiful recent publication dedicated to a love for a delicious city and the sweet treats that it has to provide. Her website is worth a visit; the slideshow is fantastic!