French Cooking That Will Make You Feel Chic and Important, Episode 1
June 4, 2012
Notes and recipes for this episode:
- Did you know that Karl Lagerfeld only drinks Diet Coke, from the minute he wakes up until the minute he goes to sleep? He has his own line of Diet Coke, which is advertised on European television by stylish puppets. He also recently developed a perfume that smells like books. Such a busy, caffeine-addled man. And yet he still made time to visit our Guillaume!
- The salad recipe was inspired by the salade verte at Le Pichet in Seattle. I always feel very chic when I eat there. Jess Thomson, one of my favorite local food writers, has the original recipe here.
- You can get a crusty baguette sandwich with griddled onions and thyme aioli, all wrapped up in brown parchment paper, at Belle Epicurean in Seattle. I love visiting their downtown location on dreary June-uary workdays. They now have an advance online ordering system, which comes in handy at lunchtime. Ah, the black-and-white checkerboard floor … the warm, buttery smells spilling out onto Fourth Avenue …
- To make the sandwich at home, slice a sweet yellow onion crosswise into thick wedges. Wedges work well here because they will give the finished sandwich more heft. Cook the onions in a few tablespoons of butter or oil over medium heat until they soften and brown at the edges. The wedges should fall apart in the pan. Combine a few tablespoons of mayonnaise with some chopped fresh thyme and lemon zest, and spread the aioli on both sides of a crusty baguette section. Layer the onions on the baguette with a few thin slices of Gruyère cheese.
- Re: An efficient method for straining rhubarb syrup that will not make your kitchen look like it was involved in a paintball fight, I am as puzzled as Guillaume. Luckily, Heidi at 101 Cookbooks is not, and her photos of the process are lovely, as usual.