leftovers (15.04.15)

15 Apr

Recent leftovers include:

Young, thin asparagus stems boiled with salt and lemon, blended with mashed potato and parsley. Instant spring soup, inspired by Tamar Adler’s An Everlasting Meal.

One courgette and the end of some goat’s cheese: transformed into savoury crepes: courgette grated and sautéed with butter and garlic, folded into a double layer of crepes with cheese and a fried egg, gently rewarmed to melt the cheese. Extra batter was pancaked and flambéed with the rest of some Bourbon lying around. Small risk of lost eyebrows only added to the flavour!

Cooked red lentils flavoured with chipotle, heated with a can of tomatoes, four eggs cracked into the frying pan to cook until the whites solidified, the yolks still runny. Stale baguette transformed into croutons with butter and olive oil.


I cannot stop listening to the Dear Sugars. Not edible sweeteners. Food for the soul. I loved the Valentine’s Day episode, in which they referenced the Pina Colada song. Reading: Delizia! A history of Italian cooking in all its regionality. And the Confessions of a Comma Addict.

Gourmand-WinnerBoasting: our guidebook, A Pocket Feast Paris has won the UK category for French Cuisine in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2015. Which means we are now finalists in the global awards to be presented in China. Get your copy online or at the Shakespeare and Company bookshop in Paris! And my essay Kitchen Rhythm has been republished by Longreads, if you would care for a longer piece about Parisian patisseries and Japanese chefs as well as odds and ends of learning and linguistics.

14 Responses to “leftovers (15.04.15)”

  1. Kara Lalalala April 15, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

    Congrats! That is very exciting! Also, you seem to be an artist with leftovers.

    • Frances April 15, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

      I much prefer cooking with a fridge full of leftovers – allows for much faster creativity!

  2. fabrikacrafts April 15, 2015 at 6:14 pm #

    So exciting! And it all sounds delicious, especially the asparagus… x

  3. Lyn Gray April 16, 2015 at 12:57 am #

    CONGRATULATIONS outstanding achievement. Love reading all about your food adventures.

    • Frances April 24, 2015 at 12:21 pm #

      Thanks! It’s pretty exciting!

  4. Sarah muston April 16, 2015 at 9:49 am #

    Great news well done I hope it sells thousands!

    • Frances April 24, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

      Thank-you! Fingers crossed!

  5. Ruth Mitchell April 16, 2015 at 1:29 pm #

    Congratulations Frances! Hope it wins the global award.

    • Frances April 24, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

      Hope so! Shame we can’t go to China for the ceremony!

  6. phoenixflex April 18, 2015 at 7:14 am #

    Lol sounds yummy. My favourite was an instant pad thai made from leftover mince beef, tagliatelle & ottolenghi’s chargrilled brocolli.

    Ps Just noticed your tangerine drawing at the top looks like a tomato!

  7. Anne April 18, 2015 at 1:19 pm #

    Congratulations Frances. I think of you whenever I see the ‘fish eyes’ in boiling water!

  8. Jennifer April 19, 2015 at 8:58 am #

    Fantastic 🙂 You’re a star! And are you reading Delizia in English? If yes can I borrow after? 🙂

    • Frances April 24, 2015 at 12:21 pm #

      It’s actually M’s copy – in French. Sure you can have it after!

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