Saturday, 31 March 2012

The Little Paris Kitchen

WARNING! May contain a lot of over excitement from food discussion and a fair amount of gushing!

Saturday mornings are generally a tie with Sunday mornings in my favourite time of the week because they usually start with a cup of tea in my pyjamas whilst watching Saturday Kitchen with the hairy husband. However, with the addition of The Little Paris Kitchen straight after, Saturday mornings are way at the top of the list!

Here are two facts about me. 1. I love cooking programs. 2. I love France and French cuisine. 

As a child we went to France for our summer holiday almost every year right up until the summer before my parents separated when I was 16. Sadly I haven't been to France in nearly 9 years (goodness me, I'm older than I thought!) and I miss it dearly. I yearn for sitting outside on dusky summery nights drinking wine, nibbling olives and having dinners consisting of a loaf of bread, wheel of super stinky cheese and apples. Fortunately for us my husband's cousin is getting married in August in the church near their second home in Normandy (ooh lala!) so we get our first French long weekend together and I cannot wait!

The Little Paris Kitchen is definitely to blame for today's French-y yearning. Everything about the program from the 1950's style enamel scuffed and scratched mixing bowl and mis-matched crockery to Rachel Khoo's beautiful dresses, red lips and doe eyes is utterly delightful and makes some of the best 30 minutes of cookery television I've ever come across. It's full of beautiful shots of Paris and glorious patisseries. I like that it's realistic in that her kitchen is a genuine Parisian kitchen which means it's quite compact with a tiny little oven. Although she cooks in pretty dresses I get the impression that that is genuinely what she wears day to day plus she adheres to my favourite house-rule of no shoes! Her mistakes of dropping nutmeg in the pan and things breaking off are genuine and her charm comes from that rather than any seductive finger licking or boisterous larking about.

I've recorded the first two episodes so I can re-watch them later with a pen and paper. I bought a madeleine pan a while ago and have been dying to use it so that's one recipe I'll be noting down. The other I really want is the Truite en Papillote (trout in a parcel). I remember my mum always cooking fish in a parcel when I was a child and it's something I've not tried yet. My husband loves fish but we don't eat nearly enough of it. So that is definitely going on next week's menu!

If you haven't caught it yet and you like cookery programs I strongly recommend watching it. The first two episodes are here on the BBC iPlayer so go grab a pen and paper and get watching! 

Mrs D x

All images used are taken from The Little Paris Kitchen homepage on the BBC website.

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