Menu Provence: Lemon Sorbet

I’m not particularly fussed about extreme feminism (or extreme anything-ism for that matter). Having worked in a predominantly male environment during my analyst years I can safely say I have not been directly subjected to any sexism. I’ve been paid well, and at least equal to my male colleagues on the same level. My bosses … Continue reading

Salmon Tartare and Carpaccio Agrumes

I’ve had a good couple of days. Yesterday, my crab bisque was catastrophic- runny, bland, pale coloured, and I had a failed attempt at flambé-ing, but I am patting myself on the back for doing relatively well with the crab cleaving on my second attempt. I suppose it’s the familiarity, or perhaps knowing they’re not … Continue reading

Soupe de Poisson

To say I’ve had a dodgy start of the week would be an understatement. As sous-chef this week I’ve already made some major boo boos, my Crudités sucked, and I looked totally uncool while dealing with the fish today. Dealing with a whole bunch of vegetables and herbs is not too complicated. So while arranging … Continue reading

Consommé de boeuf brunoise and Soupe à l’oignon gratinée

Yesterday was tough. It was so frustrating, I couldn’t even pin point towards what exactly was screwing everything up for me. Was I taking too long to prep the veg? Was I totally freaked out by all the random bits and pieces of cows and chickens to feel up and hack up for the stocks? … Continue reading

Potage Saint Germain avec Fond Blanc de Veau

I’ve always thought using stock cubes is kind of half-arsing it but convenience has overruled any ambition of doing it all from scratch. And now, having done my first stock from scratch using the feet and other unidentifiable parts of baby cows I can safely say that the gag reflex is another very valid excuse … Continue reading

Tarte aux Pommes avec Pâte à Foncer

Our first patisserie class today had a very different atmosphere to our usual cuisine frenzy – sifting flour calmly, people humming along while rolling dough, slicing apples leisurely…all very different to the rush, speed and fervency of the cuisine kitchen, but having its own pleasant energy. And there were some super cool gadgets in there … Continue reading

Potage, Potage et Plus de Potage

The first week has just whizzed past me. I’ve experienced various emotions during the past five days: 1. Anxiety: Monday morning I had a number of doubts going through my mind – Am I doing the right thing? What if I am totally hopeless with a kitchen knife? What if I wretch all over a … Continue reading

Chicken, Chorizo and Rosemary Risotto with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

I’m getting really bored of scouring every corner of the world wide web for affordable bedside tables in Paris that don’t cost three months rent. Furniture shopping is RIDICULOUSLY expensive in Paris. The same gorgeously sensous, come-sink-in-me-and-let-my-big-dark-brown-leather-arms-and-fluffy-feather-cushions-engulf-you-in-clouds-of-comfort couch that was an astronomical €4,500 in the snazzy showroom in the Marais, was found for less than … Continue reading

Beetroot and Goat’s Cheese Risotto

I think my calves would taste like overcooked chicken drumsticks right now – hard, chewy and dry. Under any other circumstances I’d be feeling rather smug about them, being hard and all, but right now I’m walking like a bent compass and it’s very painful. The new Parisian pied à terre is on the 3rd … Continue reading