Cooking recipes

Each furnished flat disposes of a fully equipped kitchen. Crockery, pans and cutlery will allow you to cook freely and save money on food budget. What better city than Paris to make a diner for lovers like at home? Here are a few cheap and innovating recipes.

Cantaloupe Cocktail

With the first heat of summer coming on, what a pleasure to sip a nice, cool cocktail on the terrace of a café !  I propose an original recipe, extremely easy to make : chilled melon with mint, with a just a smidgeon of limoncello (a typical Italian lemon liqueur, to consume with moderation of course), this cocktail is as delicious as it is refreshing !

Parmesan Croquettes

Instead of doing the usual peanuts, potato chips and olives routine, why not try this easy and original idea ? It only takes a few minutes… As quick as they’re made, they’re just as quickly eaten. And they go marvelously well with a glass of cool champagne or any other cocktail you happen to prefer.

Spoon of foie gras and pear marmalade

In France, for Christmas diner or new year' eve, one usually has foie gras as a starter with a glass of white wine, such as Sauterne (wine from Bordeaux soft and natural). Very often accompanied with marmalade - foie fras blends well with sweet flavors - like this pear marmalade, that you can serve in a spoon or on pain d'épices !

Colombo chicken skewer

Famous in the west Indies, an archipelago situated in the Carribean sea, the Colombo is a mixture of different spices based on curry, cumin and curcuma ; an adaptation of the famous Indian curry. Made the evening before, these mini marinated chicken skewers will bring a touch of color and originality for an aperitif between friends.

Small beef and pesto dish

Served as an aperitif or as a starter, this beef and pesto tartar will surely please your guests. Very easy to make, you will appreciate its freshness and the perfect harmony of the beef with the pesto sauce. An ideal appetizer to enjoy with a glass of red wine from the Rhône (Crozes-Hermitage for example).

Tomato tartar and mozzarella mousse

Served as a starter with basil and olive oil, this salad is a major classic of Mediterranean food. For an important diner or aperitif, we revisited the recipe in a "verrine" style that will surly impress your guests. You don't have your own siphon bottle to make your whipped cream or mousse ? Now is the time to buy the trendy utensil of the moment.

Veal pate

After rabbit rillettes, last time, this month I’m offering you a recipe typical of French gastronomy : veal pate. You will see that it doesn’t take long to make and keeps well in the refrigerator. Accompanied by pickles and a glass of white wine (Sancerre), you can serve it as hors d’oeuvre, first course, or part of a buffet, for example.

Rabbit rillettes

Served in terrines with gherkins, rillettes are considered to be a traditional French dish. Even though you can find them on every good French menu, making rillettes is not that difficult. Here is a recipe based on pork and rabbit which will leave your guests voiceless ! Don't forget to bring some thick slices of bread to enjoy it with.

Mesclun salad with grilled peaches, salmon and goats cheese

Served as a starter or a main course, this summer salad full of flavors plays with textures and colors from the salmon, the grilled peaches, mesclun and goats cheese. To go with it, serve a fresh Rosé from Provence for example. For those who don't like fish, replace the salmon by Bresaola or Coppa and the result will be just as good.

Salmon tartar

Summer and the first heat spells bring the desire for freshness in our meals. Economical and simple to make, salmon and vegetable tartar will take you to the Mediterranean sea, on a terrace of a restaurant by the beach. Accompanied with a fresh glass of Rosé wine, you'll just have to close your eyes to hear the cicadas sing !

Beetroot Carpaccio with its mousse

Very simple and quick to make, these little beetroot's dishes can be served for starters or as an aperitif with a glass of white wine. This recipe full of colors and freshness will not miss to surprise your guests. At dinner table, to go with it, you can prepare a few slices of garlic toasted bread. To be served very cool with a bit of olive oil added on last minute.

Lentil soup

What could be more appetizing than a good, home made soup ? Here’s a recipe for lentil soup, easy to make – and ideal to heat up for a winter dinner. To take advantage of it all week long, you can prepare a large quantity, as it keeps very well in the refrigerator for 5 days. Serve with a glass of red wine, a Madiran, for example.

Tomatoes and sweet peppers soup

Served hot, or cold in summer, this delicious fresh tomatoes and sweet peppers soup will be more or less spicy according to your taste. To release all the flavor and underline its spicy aroma, to go with it a glass of red wine served at temperature : a Saint-Emilion (famous Bordelais's appellation) for example. Don't forget to add a bit of olive oil and pepper at the last minute.

Pesto de roquette ravioli

I wouldn't be Italian if I didn't propose a recipe of fresh pasta! Garnished with "pesto de roquette" - a variety of salad very popular in the south of France and Italy - this ravioli served on a plate with a bit of olive oil and Parmesan shavings will bring you the sun in one mouthful. To go with your ravioli, a glass of white Chardonnay will do the trick, to drink with moderation of course.

Asparagus Risotto

Traditional Italian meal from the north of the country, the risotto has been for the last few years on the menu of lot of Parisian restaurants. With infinite ways of doing it according to seasons, your taste or wishes, the preparation of a risotto requires a lot of attention but is rather easy to make. Here is vegetarian version : asparaguses and Parmesan risotto.

Croque-Monsieur

Appearing on the menu of a Parisian café for the first time in 1910, the croque-monsieur is a delicious hot sandwich on soft white bread, traditionally garnished with ham, béchamel sauce and grated Swiss cheese. Very easy to prepare, this great classic of the French bistro cuisine is also one of the children’s’ favorites ! 

Hachis Parmentier

Traditional and familial, Hachis Parmentier is a very economical dish since you can use different leftovers to make the stuffing. Mashed potatoes and ground meat all baked in an oven and you get a friendly dish that you can serve with green salad. To accompany it I recommend a red wine like Pomerol (Bordeaux) for example.

Brownie

Introduced in the US, the brownie is now one of the children's favorite dessert. Easy to prepare, it can be stored for several days in a cake box at a cool room temperature (although it will be hard to resist the temptation...). To make this chocolate walnut brownie, I was inspired by the recipe of a great French pastry chef !

Apple pie

Something sweet is coming ! Let's begin by a classic pastry with the traditional recipe for apple pie. Ultra-simple to prepare as a family, few ingredients are sufficient to obtain a beautiful golden tart that children will love. Enjoy it hot or cold, you can also accompany each piece of pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a little bit of cream.

Chocolate mousse

Invented in the 19th century by the French artist Toulouse-Lautrec, chocolate mousse is one of the favorite desserts of small and tall. It can be made with liquid cream, but I prefer replacing this by whipped egg whites for lightness. The only hard part will be to let it sit in the refrigerator the whole night long, so that it can firm up.