Monkfish in Spicy Tomato Sauce with Ginger Spinach

I have a few of those days every now and again, when just one of the things required in setting up the business takes longer than it should and sets me off. Juggling all this together, plus handing in notice to move out and start house-hunting again, oh and the wedding, does result in some … Continue reading

Spaghetti Gambas in Garlic Tomato Sauce

Hi again! If you were planning on spending some of your summer in Paris, don’t. The weather is hormonal (it actually feels like a Mumbai Monsoon today with a torrential downpour that’s leaking onto my bed through the attic window), a lot of the restaurants (including where I work) and bakeries are closed and the … Continue reading

Prawn, Scallop and Courgette Curry

Simple but not spectacular would be a fitting description for this dish. Madhur Jaffrey’s recipes are generally indulgent, decadent, spot on, but this one is very basic, and very easy to put together with pantry items. And simple is what I’m after. It’s hot like hell in Paris. We had to splash out on an … Continue reading

Menu Perigord: Cabillaud dans tous ses états

My favourite fish is black cod or butterfish. Butterfish or black cod? I’m confused. Googling hasn’t helped either. They taste the same, or similar at least. Black cod miso…yummm, seared butterfish with honey glazing…yummm. The best I’ve had has been at Roka, London. It doesn’t come cheap, and after a three course meal I felt … Continue reading

Dorade Sauce Vierge avec Gratin de Courgette

I would hate to make a post just about the disastrous coquelet (little chicken), so I’m just going to revisit why last Tuesday went so atrociously. After being told I must speed up my act repeatedly I decided to power steer my way through dressing the Coquelet a l’Americaine. Grilled split carcass and oven cooked … Continue reading

Fish Week: Salmon, Sea Bream, Lemon Sole, Hake and Trout

This blog, a portal of Shmii’s ramblings about life and cooking as she sees it, has garnered a lot of interest as of late and it’s about time the non-obligatory disclaimer was pulled out: This blog is based on actual events. In certain cases incidents, characters and timelines have been changed for dramatic purposes. Certain … Continue reading

Menu Alsace: Sandre en Choucroute a l’Ancienne, Beurre Blanc

Last Friday was a good Friday. It was the day after all the stupidity and drama, most of us still disturbed but it was surprisingly calm. For some anyway. It was about time I was paired with the non-English and non-French speaking girl from the Far East. The obvious language barrier may not have been … Continue reading

Souffles, Saucisson Brioche and Risotto l’Encre de Seiche

I’ve noticed a few odd things about Parisienne etiquette while trying to immerse myself into the culture: 1. People get on the metro before they let you off. I was pretty certain that there was an unsaid rule of vice versa (as it is logical to let people off first, hence making space for others … 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