Posted by Monday, April 2, 2012on
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.