We are officially on day 15 of lockdown in Paris — and I’m trying hard not to count! With the only authorized outings being grocery shopping, medical visits, work, or solitary sports, stir-craziness can be real. After all, you can only play so many board games and read so many books.
Luckily for me, I’ll be spending the confinement period outside of Paris, à la campagne, but, with a bunch of extra time, trying out new recipes can make meals fun and give us something to look forward to. Here is a little roundup of some bloggers/chefs who are churning out good French recipes for your next lockdown dinner.
Living in Médoc, a region north of Bordeaux, Thorisson has embraced country living, writing cookbooks and hosting workshops while also lassoing her large family. Bouche à la reine (chicken and mushrooms in a white wine sauce, with puff pastry), white asparagus with poached egg, and my personal favorite, duck confit, are just a few of the many recipes you can try.
One of our favorite resident chefs and experts in Paris. Motor your way through one of his many books — my collection is full of post-its for the recipes I’ll be trying next. In homage to spring, try a pie or tart recipe (definitely eyeing the tarte normande, a nod to where I’ll be for the foreseeable future), or mark the decidedly chilly first day of spring with a hearty tourtière (a meat and potato pie).
Is this really a French recipe roundup if we don’t include Julia? She made the cuisine seem more accessible and approachable for many, which is why this article published by The Kitchn is perfect. Ten home cooks share the Julia Child recipe they wish others knew about.
Can’t say no to this mainstay offering recipes and inspiration for many palates. French onion soup — no frills but still delicious, a twist on boeuf bourguignon (bacon involved), and a steady guide for the best ham-and-cheese toastie, the croque monsieur.
Clotilde Dusoulier is a French food writer based in Paris’ Montmartre neighborhood, who shows her readers the joy of simple dishes on her blog, Chocolate & Zucchini. She has an educational approach and focuses on fresh, seasonal, and approachable plates. Salmon and leek quiche, apricot and blueberry cobbler (can you tell I’m dreaming of warmer days?), and this arugula, shallot confit, and toasted almond salad would all be on my menu.
With a healthy repertoire of French and France-inspired dishes, plus beautiful photographs, Saveur gives you the impression you’re in their kitchen before you’ve made anything. A traditional apple tart, a staple in any boulangerie, and a traditional salade niçoise are making me excited for lunch.
This wouldn’t be a proper round-up without mentioning the world’s resident Francophile and home baker, Dorie Greenspan. Moka Dupont (an icebox cake), blueberry galette, the quest for a perfect cream puff. Dessert for days.
We hope you find some kitchen inspiration in the days to come, and that it adds some structure and pleasure to your day.
- Bored? Here’s a list of things you can do at home during lockdown.
- Get a taste of Paris chez vous!
- Take a virtual tour of Paris’ last bohemian neighborhood.
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