Paris and The Little Paris Kitchen
A love of food and pastry in particular inspired me to give up my fashion PR job in London and move to Paris. I enrolled at La Sorbonne to learn french and Le Cordon Bleu to study pâtisserie – the rest, as they say, is history.
As you might have noticed, my kitchen is small but perfectly formed! The key is to keep things really well organised so I make the most of the walls, storing food on shelves (some a little too high to reach which is where a step ladder comes in very handy). I also bought an island from Ikea which doubles up as an extra work surface for rolling out pastry, and as a storage space for all my pastry ingredients. I also use the outside of my kitchen window to store vegetables and potted herbs.
Do away with any non-essential utensils; you don’t need a ton of knives, just a good chef’s knife, a paring knife and a bread knife fit in this category. If you wash up as you go you go, not only do you not have to finish your dinner and do a ton of dishes, but you can reuse your pots and pans as you go.
As well as French cuisine, I love Malay-Chinese food.
I love cheese, in all its forms.
My home restaurant is no longer open.
I do indeed. This is not a set, it’s my life!
Pretty much everything you see is mine. We had to rearrange things a little during filming to make room for the crew, but on the whole, what you see is a peek into my little Parisian home.
You can buys some online from Amazon.Or if you are in Paris, head to G.Detou on Rue Tiquetonne for an excellent selection of pastry ingredients.
I use this Japanese mandoline. Make sure to use a the hand guard and take your time when using the mandoline.
I bought it a little shop, Virginie Monroe on rue Charonne in the 11th. Unfortunately they don’t stock my bracelet anymore but they have lots of other lovely jewellery.
A selection of second hand and high street.
Some of them from here:
32, Rue de Rosiers
Free ‘P’ Star
8 rue Ste-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie
1, Rue de la Verrerie
Vide grenier (literally means emptying ones attic) is the French version of a car boot sale (minus the car). I love hunting and haggling for a bargain.
There’s a handy Iphone ap: Brocabrac
which lists all the vide grenier and antique markets in France. It’s updated on a weekly basis and you can search by city or French region. For the moment it is only available in French.
I have the pleasure of living next to one of Paris’s best parks for jogging, Les Buttes Chaumont, so I try and keep fit to compensate for my cheese consumption. I also love yoga. I don’t tend to eat processed foods, they are just empty calories.
My family always cooked a lot so I learned to love food from a young age. I then moved to Paris and trained at Le Cordon Bleu to learn the more technical aspects of pâtisserie.
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