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Girl Cook in Paris - Paris

paris  Girl Cook in Paris   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceGirl Cook in Paris is the fascinating and mouthwateringly tasty blog of Diane who says of herself…

“Hi, my name is Diane. I’m an American (born in the Chicago area) married to a Belgian, and now living in Paris. In 2005 I decided to make a big career change when we moved to Paris….I left the petrochemicals/water treatment world and went back to school (Ecole Ferrandi). This time to follow a passion – the art of french cuisine. Since then I’ve been consumed in it and loving every minute! I’ve now set up my own business in Paris which enables me to work as a private chef. I offer chef services at client’s homes, at our apartment, or at Paris addresses. I also offer cooking lessons and will sell my favorite things (macarons, bagels, terrine de foie gras, etc, etc). I custom-tailor my services – it’s more personal that way and hopefully, more enjoyable for everyone! If you have any questions, or wish to contact me, you can send me a message at the following email address: girlcookinparis@gmail.com”

So, what can we find to eat in Diane’s kitchen?

How about French Onion Soup for starters?

How about we start with some French Onion Soup?

This article starts off by comparing Homemade Consommé with Powder.

Not surprisingly the homemade consommé wins.

Diane then goes on to give us recipes for both the consommé and the classic French Onion Soup.

Then, I thought we could move on to Encornets de pesto – Baby Squid with pesto.

This has got to be one of the sexiest things to eat that I can think of!

But then, I think pretty much everything is sexy to eat.

Apart, of course, from fish fingers.

Fish Fingers aren’t sexy – they’re just grot!

Also pretty high on the sexy food stakes must be Terrine de Foie Gras Mi-Cuit!

Now, why it might seem like a lot of effort to go to just for some culinary delight but…

Aren’t the best things in life worth making a little effort for?

Three Women…

Now, whilst that heading may make one think of a Gerturde Stein novel it actually tells of the three women that Diane met whilst planning to start up a boutique/café/kitchen in the 14th arrondissement in Paris.

Firstly, there’s Yvette.

Now, Diane says… “Yvette owns a small cafe/bar/restaurant on a quiet street in an even quieterarrondisement (district) in Paris….. She is friendly, sincere, talkative, inquisitive, and she feels like family. In fact, she could be my french aunt!”

That’s nice, isn’t it?

Personally I think that Yvette’s place sounds ideal with its zinc bar and local clientelle.

And let’s not forget that giant expresso machine!

Next, let’s meet Colette.

Now, Colette’s place sounds interesting but, perhaps a little bit small.

But then Spring is only, what, 28 seats?

And that’s the larger version?

Small things often come in small packages; as I often find myself telling Mrs A Taste of Garlic!

Finally, let’s visit Sofia.

Sofia’s place sounds wonderful with its big kitchen.

And this is what Diane has to say about Sofia… “She knows everyone there – rounds of kisses to everyone. Even walking the short distance from her place to his, she’s talking with everyone. She’s like a magnet – everybody wants to talk with Sofia. Her smile is warm and wide, but even more so, it is sincere and amazingly light-hearted.”

Highlights of Paris…

If it’s blue movies you’re looking for, how about the movie of a Blue Eiffel Tower?

Apparently… “For six months, Paris’ “iron lady” will sparkle in blue and be adorned with twelve gold stars from the European Union flag, to symbolize France’s 6-month role as president of the EU Council.”

Now, I didn’t know that – but then, I am a bit removed from real life, living, as I do, in the heart of, slightly behind the times, rural Brittany!

Another highlight of Paris must me the Paris Outdoor Markets and the question on everyone’s lips… What’s in Season – Rhubarb Compote?

And Diane’s response seems to be… “Rhubarb!!  It’s here!  Enjoy its bounty while you can.”

So let’s take a look at Paris through Diane’s eyes.

And 10pm in Paris – View from our Window seems to be a great place to do that.

Doesn’t that look a great place to live?

I’d even be tempted to live there myself, if it weren’t for the slight lack of Breton charcuterie, wide open windswept places and, of course, the incessant rain!

I think I’d miss those things if I lived in Paris?

Diane seems to hobnob with the rich and famous.

You only have to read Highlight of last weekend – Johnny Depp Spotting to see that!

Yes, it’s true!

Diane found herself eating in the same restaurant as Johnny Depp and the lovely,  sexy and really rather incredibly talented, Vanessa Paradis!

Now, did you know, and this is pretty amazing, but I once saw Ringo Starr.

At least I think it was Ringo, um, it could have been that guy from Fiddler on the Roof. You know, Toppy.

But, the real highlight of Paris had got to be the chance to see My New Scooter (it’s Diane’s not mine but.. I can dream,, can’t I?)

It’s a red one and, as most people know, with scooters the red ones go faster!

So, summing up….

Girl Cook in Paris is a well written foodie blog about a girl who lives in Paris and who cooks.

For a Paris blog there is a surprising lack of doggie doo-dah posts but, apart from that omission, it remains an indispensable read for anyone who is interested in food, the city of light or… Johnny Depp.

I’d strongly recommend a visit.

And me?  Well, I’m going to try some of that Sushi on the Seine.

And then I might just try a little bowl (or three) of Arlette’s Tabouli!

Care to join me?

All the best

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