Rachel’s culinary adventures continue in the second-part of this series: ‘Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook: Cosmopolitan Cook’. A colourful and energetic tour around some of Europe’s most exciting cities and towns, the show is sure to instill an urgent sense of wanderlust! After her travels, each episode sees Rachel returns to London to test out new flavours and techniques, and share her exciting new recipes inspired by her travels.
The show is currently airing on BBC Lifestyle in the following territories: Scandinavia, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa and Asia; in Germany on Sixx; in Sweden on TV12 and in the US on the Cooking Channel. Episodes are also available in the BBC Store.
Episode 1 – Istanbul: From the bustling Grand Bazaar and its interesting wares, to up-and-coming pockets of the city, Rachel’s explores all that Istanbul has to offer.
Episode 2 – Amalfi Coast: The Amalfi Coast is home to a multitude of local specialties, and is the perfect destination to search for culinary inspiration, (especially for seafood recipes). Back in London Rachel creates her own take on the traditional ‘Panzanella’’.
Episode 3 – Costa Brava: Uncovering the secrets of the stunning Catalonian coastline, Rachel visits Costa Brava to discover how the locals cook their mouthwatering seafood to perfection. Rachel’s own ‘Seafood Paella Baskets’ are inspired by her time in Costa Brava, and are an exciting addition to entertaining at home.
Episode 4 – Provence: With its bountiful fresh produce and inspiring local producers, Provence in Southeastern France is any foodie’s idea of heaven. Rachel visits a local cheese maker and goat farmer, as well as calling in to visit a friend to share a delicious tarte tartin recipe together.
Episode 5 – Stockholm: Cosmopolitan, creative, with a touch of traditional charm – Scandinavian cuisine has taken the world by storm. Rachel discovers local restaurants in Stockholm serving up intriguing fare.
Episode 6 – Princes’ Islands: Rachel journeys to the Princes’ Islands of Istanbul, a chain of small islands worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the city. An inspiring locale bursting with local culture, the islands are home to charming cafes and meandering streets. Back in London Rachel whips up her take on a traditional ‘mezze’, and for a sweet touch she bakes a beautiful ‘Pistachio Yogurt Cake with Pomegranate marbling’.
Episode 7 – Naples: Vibrant, gritty and unique, Naples is Rachel’s favourite Italian city. In this episode Rachel samples traditional pizza made by a master, which inspires her to create her own ‘Pizza Pasta’ dish back home in London.
Episode 8 – Swedish Archipelago: In this episode Rachel shares her passion for the beautiful Swedish countryside and woodlands. Inspired by the flavours and textures of the Swedish Archipelago, Rachel creates a ‘Savoury Swedish Celebration Cake’ – known as Smörgåstårta.
Episode 9 – Nice: During this trip to Nice, Rachel visits a local Socca bar to discover the recipe secrets behind the local specialty (large chickpea crêpes). A chilled out coastal town, Nice is home to bustling markets, wonderful olive groves, and charming French flair.
Episode 10 – Barcelona: An authentic tour of Europe’s food scene wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Barcelona. Rachel samples a modern take on Spanish tapas, some chocolate treats, and delicious ‘Churros’, a local favourite that she reinterprets back in her London kitchen.