The finest ingredients destined for the dinner tables and beyond all come from the world’s largest wholesale market just south of Paris in Rungis. This week, I take a trip there and attempt to persuade some stubborn butchers to change their breakfast habits with my Japanese twist on the classic steak tartare. I also pay a visit to Marie-Anne Cantin, one of the best fromagères in Paris, where she helps me pick out a cheese for my version of a tartiflette – delicious cheesy potato nests.
If you’re like me and enjoy making simple foods that make the most of good ingredients, then you’ll love my fig and chicken liver salad, a simple, but elegant dish that makes a fabulous spring starter. I also take a quick trip to one of Paris’s oldest bistros, La Fontaine de Mars, where I taste chef Pierre’s signature cassoulet. I put my own twist on the his dish and transform it into a light and quick soup with all the flavors of this hearty southwest France staple, but none of the hassle. For dessert, I get the chance to create my very own chocolate bar, which is perfect for my most decadent dinner party dessert, chocolate mousse.
Take a look at how to make my version of France’s tartiflette.
Enjoy the music from this week’s episode!
Amado Mio – Pink Martini
A Cenury of Fakers – Belle & Sebastian
Si tu vois ma mere – Sidney Betchet
Blister in the sun – Nouvelle Vague
Ever Fallen in Love – Nouvelle Vague
La Gloria – Gotan Project
La Conga Blicoti – Edmundo and his Rumba Band
Tu Misterio – Gotan Project
Menilmontant – Charles Trenet
Tu Es – Mathieu Boogaerts
Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall – Ella Fitzgerald
Verlaine – Charles Trenet
Riddim I like – Asian Dub Foundation
Back to Front (Instrumental) – Eliza Doolittle
The Sun – Baxter Dury
Go Home (Instrumental) – Eliza Doolittle
Skinny Genes (Instrumental) – Eliza Doolittle
Episode 3 of The Little Paris Kitchen aired on Monday 2nd April at 8.30 pm on BBC2. It was repeated on BBC One at 11.30 am on Saturday 7th April.