We headed out early this morning to the Marché Raspail to explore the market and pick up some fresh ingredients for our afternoon cooking class.
We meandered along the market stalls selecting the best that was on offer. Beautiful heads of lettuce, French breakfast radishes, bunches of tarragon, parsley, and thyme, lemons, leeks, garlic and shallots. Some super ripe figs and chestnut honey to go with them. We couldn’t resist a few bunches of peonies and Lori, one our sweet guests, purchased a couple of bottles of farmer’s market organic rosé wine to enjoy with our lunch.
On our way back to the flat we scored a few “bien-cuit” traditionnel baguettes and a couple of kilos of mussels.
With our guests, we prepared a Sunday lunch, Paris style. We set up our cooking stations and were soon slicing and dicing our way to a delicious lunch.
Today’s menu included radishes with demi-sel butter and baguette served alongside some Bresse Blu cheese, olives and sliced ham.
First course was Alsatian tarts with bacon, Comté, onions with a mâche salad on top.
There were mussels in white wine and herbs with plenty of crusty baguette.
We then had our salad course with beautiful red leaf lettuce, a Dijon vinaigrette, shards of French cheese and toasted walnuts.
For dessert? Homemade lemon madeleines served on a wooden platter with fresh market figs drizzled with chestnut honey.
We talked and ate until almost five in the evening.
It was my ideal Sunday lunch in Paris.