Back in April I announced Eye Prefer Paris Evening Cooking Classes, a dinner version of our daytime lunch classes.
Up till two weeks ago, I hadn’t attended one of the classes because I would send the students directly to Charlotte since we don’t go to the market first, so I finally decided to participate in one of the evening classes.
We all met by the Ecole Militaire metro station at 6PM around the corner from Charlotte’s kitchen. It was a full group that night, six people; two retired couples, one from New York and the other from Tulsa, a retired school teacher from Chapel Hill, and a chef from New Orleans.
Our first stop was Grifon cheese shop, which Charlotte claimed to be the best cheese shop in the neighborhood. Charlotte did a thorough explanation of the different varieties of cheeses, how they were made and the regions they were from. One of the things that made the cheese shop superior to other cheese shops was they were affineur, which means they age their own cheeses. We tasted samples of some of the cheeses before we made our final choices. Next we went to the rue Cler, where Charlotte pointed out some of her favorite food shops.
We arrived at Charlotte’s at about 6:45 and everyone settled around the butcher-block counter, donning their aprons, ready to cook up a storm.
Our first preparation was dessert, chocolate fondant, a chocolate cake with a soft center that’s simple to make with only five ingredients. Once the cake was in the oven we broke out the Champagne to celebrate finishing the first dish. (That’s what I love about France, you open a bottle of Champagne for the most mundane reasons).
The next course was my favorite, a sauté of wild mushrooms with fresh ricotta cheese. Charlotte bought beautiful cepe mushrooms from the market earlier in the day and the students diligently cleaned the dirt off of them. I’m not sure I ever had homemade ricotta before and the thought of it was quite exotic to me. Charlotte showed us how simple it was to prepare, just taking milk and a few other ingredients, letting it almost come to a boil, then letting it cool off and thicken. The final step is pushing it through some cheesecloth.
The main course was magret de canard (duck breast) sliced thin with a fig and raspberry sweet and sour sauce, another easy to prepare recipe. We roasted baby potatoes in olive oil and sea salt to accompany the duck.
After our fun time of preparing all the courses, we opened a few bottles of red and sat down to enjoy our feast. The star of the meal was the mushrooms and fresh ricotta and most of us agreed we couldn’t go back to eating store bought ricotta after the fresh taste of homemade. We shared stories and anecdotes about cooking, food, travel, and life. The young chef had a fascinating past and had just moved from New York to New Orleans to become a chef in a Cajun restaurant.
It was a delightful and delicious evening.
Click here to find out more about Eye Prefer Paris Evening Cooking Classes.
Eye Prefer Paris Postcards
I am thrilled to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Postcards, a 6 or 12-month subscription service where the subscriber receives three physical postcards of my iconic Paris photos every month. Each month will have a specific theme, from architectural street scenes to romantic outdoor cafes to beautiful gardens to unique shots of iconic monuments. Each mailing will include two postcards in color and one in black & white or sepia, beautifully packaged in a special French Blue postcard holder with a custom designed seal.
Each 6” X 4.25” traditional size postcard is printed on thick matte coated card stock, similar to traditional vintage postcard stock that enhances the vibrancy of every image.
Only $60 for a 6 month subscription (plus shipping)or
$110 for a 12-month subscription (plus shipping)
My offer of a 12-month subscription with an extra month free is good until October 11, so remember to order now before the offer ends.
Come experience Eye Prefer Paris live with Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I personally lead. Eye Prefer Paris Tours include many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes, food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks and gardens and much more. In addition to my specialty Marais Tour, I also lead tours of Montmartre, St. Germain, Latin Quarter, in addition to Shopping Tours, Gay Tours, Girlfriend Tours, Food Tours, Flea Market Tours, Paris Highlights Tours, and Chocolate & Pastry tours.
Tours start at 225 euros for up to 3 people, and 75 euros for each additional person. I look forward to meeting you on my tours and it will be my pleasure and delight to show you my insiders Paris.
Check it out at www.eyepreferparistours.com
Click here to watch a video of our famous Marais tour
New! Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes
I am happy to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Come take an ethnic culinary journey with me and chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, co-author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook (with Olivia Kiang-Snaije). First we will shop at a Paris green-market for the freshest ingredients and then return to Charlotte's professional kitchen near the Eiffel Tower to cook a three-course lunch. After, we will indulge in the delicious feast we prepared along with hand-selected wines.
Cost: 195 euros per person (about $210)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market
Class days: Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday,Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Minimum of 2 students, maximum 6 students.
Click here to sign up for the next class or for more info.