Thursday, July 3, 2014

My Life In France

Hello internet universe! Every time I haven't posted in a while I am tempted to make resolutions and voice them - "Starting now, I will post at least once a week" - "No, really, I will put it in my calendar and everything!" However, I know this may not be true and it sounds silly to keep promising posts and not delivering. Hopefully I can post more regularly, but that is not a promise.

This time, I do have a (somewhat) valid reason for not posting. A month ago today, I sliced the tip of my finger off with a mandolin. Yes, I know it has been a month, but it was a really bad cut. I had to get stitches - twice - and my finger is still recovering.

Regardless, I do have a lot to write about. As you can tell by the title, I am in France! Paris, to be exact. And the title might have also given you a hint to the culinary school that I am at here. Although I am not as revolutionary as Julia Child, I am following her footsteps and studying classic French cuisine. Now let me tell you, even without the handicap of my injured finger, this adventure is definitely an experience, and a difficult one at that. For the first few weeks my mom visited and helped me move in to my apartment and such - and for that I am so thankful. I would have survived, but it was great to have her when I had to have a French doctor remove my stitches and give me twelve shots of anesthesia to do so.

I won't go on and on about my finger, but instead move on to pictures. There are pictures of Paris, pictures of food I have eaten, and some pictures of food I have made. Enjoy!

Until next time, which is hopefully soon, and hopefully with a completely healed ring finger.

rustic vegetable soup (me)

puff pastry with leek and poached egg (me)

pissalidèire (me)

radishes with butter and salt



fish with spring vegetables

rhubarb compote with strawberry juice and chamomile sorbet

triple chocolate cake

chicken supreme with rice au gras


crepe cake with passionfruit

raspberry tart, scones, tea


Saturday, May 31, 2014

Spring/Early Summer Cooking

Grilled steak, corn, asparagus
Grilled bread
Roasted asparagus with lemon vinaigrette
Caprese with heirloom tomatoes
Chicken piccata, braised asparagus, squash with herbs
Summer squash showered with herbs
Farmers market kale salad
Shrimp in tomato sauce and polenta
White bean and potato soup
Braised asparagus

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Fattoush + Cherry Crumble

Last week I saw a recipe for Fattoush and when I ran across another one yesterday I decided to make it. Fattoush is a salad that uses seasonal vegetables and stale flatbread as a base. I improvised and just used what I had - spinach, radishes, cucumbers, spring onions, chickpeas, and pita bread. I made a dressing out of tahini and Greek yogurt with a bit of lemon. 

For dessert I also improvised and made a one-person crumble with some frozen cherries I had stored away in the freezer. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Nettle Pasta

I love experimenting with new foods. I ordered some nettle pasta from Food52's provisions, and had no idea what to do with it. Based on some recipes I browsed through, I decided to pair it with a sauce of olive oil, ricotta, and lemon juice, and added sautéed mushrooms and toasted pine nuts. It was delicious and springy, and had a great combination of textures. 

Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Peas