Peas and a punchy mustard make this Parisian food blogger tick
My kitchen is … U-shaped, with white cabinets, white countertops and a mosaic tile splashback in lime green and yellow. It’s my playground, and my favourite place in the house right after my bed. I like that it’s an open kitchen, so I can be with my family or friends in the living room while I’m cooking.
My favourite kitchen tool is … my Danish dough whisk with a clever loop-like design that’s great for mixing heavy and sticky doughs. It was impossible to find, but I chanced upon one at a tiny hardware store one day and felt like I’d won the lottery!
My storecupboard staple is … nut butters. I always have half a dozen open at the same time and use them in my cooking and baking. I also like to just eat a spoonful as a snack.
When I’m starving I … make pasta with peas. I boil them together, then drizzle generously with olive oil, sprinkle with chopped almonds or grated cheese, add some fresh pepper, and dig in.
My culinary inspiration is … the style of cooking I’ve seen my mother and grandmother practise: fresh, seasonal, unpretentious, full of flavour. Their purpose has never been to emulate chefs, but to feed and satisfy with simplicity and elegance. I find myself walking the same path: there is more value in striving to master a recipe or technique, than chasing the latest trend or putting on a culinary show.
My best-kept kitchen secret is … never a secret for very long. The purpose of my blog is to pass on my most useful tips and ideas so others can benefit. Nothing is more gratifying to me than motivating readers to cook more often and with more pleasure.
My current obsession is … juicing. We invested in a Kuvings slow cold-press juicer and we’ve been playing around with fruit and vegetable pairings. I’ve used it to make a mango and cashew lassi that I still think about.
Everything tastes better with … either strong mustard (I like the Pommery mustard in the pots) or chocolate (very dark, but well balanced).
When I go shopping I … follow my intuition and buy things that “call to me”. I make sure I buy realistic portions of fruit and vegetables. I hate letting things go bad in my fridge: it makes me feel like I’ve let them down.
For dinner tonight … I have an onion and cumin quiche baking. It’s made with my olive oil tart crust, some slowcooked onions and comté cheese.