Saturday, July 11, 2020

Paris Cheese Map

The Paris Cheese Map is getting enveloped right now.
Inspired by a cheesy French napkin I've been saving for just such an occasion...
I made all the fromagiers holding giant hunks of cheese.
I've yet to find the names all for the geometrical cheese shapes. Do you know them? I can tell you the striations on top and bottom are from the straw they rest on, getting turned constantly while aging, somewhat like making Champagne.
Today I went into LAURENT DUBOIS at Mutualité. They're known for their unusually flavored and shaped cheeses.
B's 80-something mother called and said, "You better start eating in the Blue Zone if you want to live to 100. I think we watched the same program - DAN BUETNER chatting on Amanapore and Co. The gist is you eat mainly grains, seeds, nuts, beans and greens. No wonder my 6:30 AM Breakfast Club is in such good shape dining on flax seed/oatmeal. I wish someone would tell them there is NO dinner service.
Yesterday I made a 'Blue Zone' lentil salad c/o THE LITTLE PARIS KITCHEN cookbook by Rachel Khoo, who used to live in a tiny walkup studio in the 19th arrondissement. 1cup washed French lentils in 2 cups cold water + a bay leaf, some thyme, salt and cook for 12-15 minute. No overnight soaking. Add greens etc. plus a dill dressing.
Watch the fun VIDEOWhen I wrote the book review in Feb 2013 I had no idea I would move into Rachel's tiny walk-up 6 months later.
Here's a tiny patch of those fab Portuguese tiles in her kitchen we shared. I could have stayed but I found my current castle in the clouds and moved on. Rachel moved on to Sweden and is still turning out ingenious cookbooks  by the dozens.
By the way Blue Zone regime says no dairy allowed. I shall ignor that rule. I'll bet these Jura cheese chips are not on the menu either but girls just wanna have fun non? Have a good, safe weekend dear PBers

21 comments:

La Table De Nana said...

I remember when you lived there..Oh so much fun and life in these aquarelles..I would think you are eating fine and dandy thank you very much..tout en modération..even moderation as J Pépin says:)

Caterina B said...

I definitely think the "Blue Zone" folks have the right idea. We went to a plant based diet 4 years ago after hubby nearly had a heart attack. He paid attention to his body and went to the doctor. The next day the cardiologist put a stent in the LADA, the one they call the "Widowmaker." So, now, four years later, he had tests and they find that he is doing very well because of eliminating animal products. Yes, dairy, too. Just preaching, I guess. Good health sometimes is ALL we need. Without it, we have not much. I love lentils! We used to watch Rachel Khoo, too, and loved her show. It's not on TV anymore, though. I did not know that she moved to Sweden. A confession, I am going to the kitchen to grab a bag of Ruffles. You made me do it, Carol! Just a few, she said.....

Susan M said...

Can’t imagine the good life without cheese.

Parisbreakfasts said...

You have...ahem Ruffles in your kitchen.?
Who put them there?
Life without Greek yogurt? Hard to imagine no dairy :((

Ann T said...

I have the Rachel Khoo book and have used the recipe. Very good. Thank you for being in Paris.

Parisbreakfasts said...

There's a recipe for fish with lemon, parsley and capers...so good
I need to do it again. Little Paris Kitchen was a first of its kind and top of the heap
Simple and inventive, always with an imaginative twist.

Allie in NYC said...

I love the upbeat tone of your blogs

Kim K said...

Wonderful as always! And I love my cheese Paris Letter!

Jane Gabin said...

No cheese, EVER???

Parisbreakfasts said...

Moderation has never been on the menu ;(()

Rosemary Flannery said...

Bravo on your latest cheese map, it is wonderful!

Jeanie said...

This map has such energy. Of course, it's cheese!

I adored Rachel Khoo's television show in the way back machine and how she'd host people for dinner in her tiny place and it always looked so good. That sounds pretty delish!

Kirrabelle said...

Girls just want to have fun with those Jura cheese chips! (How did I not find them when I was in France last year??)
I've been a vegetarian all my life (my mother was), but still love dairy. Looks like a great recipe though, I'm off to look up The Little Paris Kitchen!

Parisbreakfasts said...

Its a terrific cookbook...one of her best IMHO Kirra
I admit i bought more jure chips yesterday ;((

Parisbreakfasts said...

Rachel is a clever duck to be sure.
And awfully cute to boot.
The recipes are fun versions as well. I sont think anyone else has done French traditional dishes like she has...lots of Pizazz!

Parisbreakfasts said...

I must add seriously Caterina B that is quite an accomplishment...i wish i could stick to no ice cream and no dairy...I know I need meat for B 12 and iron..are they the same thing? But no dairy..hmmm..going to read some more blue Zone
Thanks for your comment

Parisbreakfasts said...

PS love your feed on flickr...i cant log in on this old ipad but what an idealic life you are leading Caterina b !

Ellen said...

Beautiful artwork! The photo looks like radishes, rather than beets, to me.

Parisbreakfasts said...

It is radishes and cucs Ellen ;))
Who has black beets onhand even living in France

Meredith Mullins said...

I love your figures overburdened with big chunks of cheese.

You made me want to cook. The lentil salad looks easy enough. Pourquoi pas?

Caterina B said...

How nice of you to look at my flickr page, Carol. There is not much that is recent on there, though. I need to have a camera lesson but am too lazy. About the plant based diet, there are dozens of plant based alternatives for cheese, yogurt, coffee creamer, even, shudder, meat. We take a B12 tablet every day. I do miss good cheese. Sometimes I cheat, too. If you are curious, look at an extensive website, "Nutrition Facts.org." Dr. Greger is very good and pretty droll. I thank him for helping millions of people cure/avoid heart disease, diabetes, etc, the two major causes of health problems and death in the US. He also has several books, the first one and the one that convinced us to become plant based eaters is "How Not to Die." That title really means how not to die from the SAD, the standard American diet. Of course it does not mean how not to EVER die! I wonder if he is mentioned in the book The Blue Zone? Sorry for preaching. I just want people to know so they can help themselves live long and healthy. Dr. Greger is on Facebook, too, with many informative posts with videos.