Friday, April 3, 2015

Rachel Khoo's Little Paris Kitchen

When in Paris we always make it a point to visit all the English language bookshops. Until recently this used to be WH Smith on Rue Rivoli and the wonderful and rightly famous "Shakespeare & Company" on the Left Bank. But during our last visit while strolling along Rue Rivoli we discovered Galignani, which is not only the oldest English language bookshop in Paris but also on the continent. And the most beautiful and elegant bookstore you can imagine with maybe not the most comprehensive choice of books but certainly the most select - any bibliophile's dream.
 Lentil Salad with red beets, Goat Cheese and Dill Vinaigrette

Which is not where I bought Rachel Khoo's "The Little Paris Kitchen" a book that has been sitting on my kitchen bookshelf for a while until I now finally started "cooking it". My nephew and his wife along with my darling OH aka guinea pig No.1 tried "Puy lentils with goat cheese and red beets with dill vinaigrette" and guess what? They liked it! And so did I. All of it, but totally and especially the dill vinaigrette. Dill is hard to come by in Provence so now we planted it in our kitchen garden as this is a vinaigrette you will want to serve with steamed fish, chicken breast or just lick off a spoon, so good it is. So look up the recipe which I am not supposed to give you here because of copyright reasons. And if you only make the vinaigrette (which involves a bunch of dill, some sunflower oil, white wine vinegar, some sugar and salt)  you will be one happy bunny. Talking of bunnies:

Happy Easter!

15 comments:

  1. Happy Easter! I love bookstores especially ones filled with cookbooks! :-)

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  2. I have always wanted to get that cookbook. The lentils with dill look delicious. Happy Easter.

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    1. Thank you, Penny - I really like Rachel's book and recommend it.

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  3. Penny, this book is worth buying - lots of lovely and interesting recipes and wonderful photos.

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  4. Happy Easter and great salad!

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  5. I love Rachel Khoo. I have watched all her youtube videos. She is a doll. Her book has been on my list but I see she has posted the recipe on her site. Thanks for finding another great recipe. Oh, and good luck with growing your dill. I wish I had a greener thumb.

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    1. Hello Madonna, I really don't have a green thumb either so planting is hit and miss - I am hoping for a dill hit, though...

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  6. Liebe Barbara - dein Salat sieht ganz wunderbar aus - ich liebe Linsensalat und auch Dill sehr, mir würde das sicherlich ganz vorzüglich schmecken! Many people rave about Rachel Khoo´s cookbook and if you like it, it must be worth buying! The recipe sounds great!
    Hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter weekend!
    Liebe Grüsse aus dem recht kühlen Bonn,
    Andrea

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    1. Sending some sushine your way Andrea - as from today it is really nice and warm in Provence, before we had strong Mistral, so the Easter eggs were being blown all over the palce....

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  7. Puy lentils are so fabulous, I never buy the regular kind anymore, I've been spoiled!

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    1. I am all with you Sue, Puy lentils or no lentils!

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  8. What a great combination! I love lentils - in all forms and recipes. This one I surely will try myself. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Nice! I love her book aswell and wrote about it here: http://fetedesgamins.blogspot.be/2013/05/chez-rachel-rachel-khoo.html

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    Have a nice sunday,
    Dina

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