Two years ago I took a cooking class in Paris with Paule Caillat, a charming and knowledgeable cooking teacher. As our delicious lunch drew to a close, Paule hopped up from her seat and said something that surprised me then but that I often think of now…
Welcome to Paule Caillat’s kitchen and a Promenades Gourmandes cooking class!
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The long island, set up with aprons, knives, and recipes.
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Two bookshelves flank the hall door.
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Two of Paule’s favorite dishes: Unglazed tagines from Morocco.
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Looking into the dining room, where the table is set for dinner. The curtains let in just enough light; they are made from Tyvek, which Paule’s friend uses to make wedding dresses as well.
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Looking back into the kitchen from the dining room.
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Paule’s kitchen – BEFORE renovation.
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AFTER renovation. Note the gorgeous Lacanche stove!
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A long marble-topped island in the center of the kitchen. It is modular and comes away from the stove area, so it can be turned sideways.
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This antique machine was used to measure the tension in silk. It came from Paule’s husband’s family, who used to sell silk in Lyon.
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The window looks down into a central courtyard – very typical of Parisian homes.
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Paule weighing butter for the tart crust.
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A very unusual crust! The butter was boiled in the oven, and now Paule is mixing in flour. She doesn’t measure – just mixes until it “is right.”
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Grapes for snacking while cooking. All grapes in France have seeds. They have so much more flavor.
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The cheese plate.
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Cooking in progress.
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Arranging fig slices on the almond filling in the tart.
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A zucchini flan.
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Paule is browning the pintade, a guinea fowl.
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The pintade, cooked with tarragon and butter. It was delicious – a richer flavor than chicken.
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The cepes cooking with tarragon, and the finished souffle. Time to eat!
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The beautiful table.
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The tart, sprinkled with pistachios.
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Having coffee at the end of the meal with Ashley, Paule’s assistant, and my two fellow class members.
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Cleaning up after the meal.
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Paule’s wine wall – a nice detail from her architect.