Book reviews are not something I normally do, however, the book I bought this morning warrants me making an exception!
I have been avidly watching ‘The Little Paris Kitchen‘ recently and it is a series of programmes that really do make you salivate. The food that Rachel Khoo creates in her tiny kitchen is so amazing that when I saw her book to accompany the series I couldn’t resist.
The book itself is a joy to look at, the photos are stunning and there are also lots of little foodie watercolours! The recipes are as she presented them on the Tv and she doesn’t use a vast range of ingredients that us mere mortals wouldn’t have in our cupboards. I was therefore able to use 2 of her recipes for our dinner this evening.
For our main course, we had ‘Nids de tartiflette‘ or Cheese and Potato Nests. These were baked in a muffin tray and tasted amazing:
I had a couple of fairly strong cheeses in the fridge (brie and gruyère), which were chopped and grated before being stirred in to a hot onion, garlic, potato, bacon and white wine mixture. This was then portioned in to the buttered muffin tray before being cooked for about 15 minutes in the oven. I then steamed some broccoli to accompany them:
For dessert, we had ‘Quatre-quarts aux agrumes‘ or Citrus Fruit Cake. Whilst this was a little more complicated to make than your run of the mill lemon sponge or lemon drizzle cake, it was so incredibly light and ‘melt-in-the-mouth‘ that I think it has become our family’s new favourite lemon cake.
This photo really doesn’t do it justice:
The complexity in the preparation comes from having to prepare the ingredients separately – the butter must be melted then cooled, the egg yolks must be mixed with half the sugar whilst the egg whites are mixed with the other half – nothing really tricky, just a bit more of an effort, definitely well worth it though.
If you want to see some of Rachel’s recipes, they can be found here: