So many of us have a fantasy of living in Paris. Perhaps we envision a small pied-a-terre that we could visit a few times a year, and pretend to be Parisian. We would go to the markets and buy the most beautiful food, and prepare perfect little French meals in our tiny city kitchen.
I have had so many small kitchens in many rented apartments. Yet I always enjoyed cooking, and often turned out large meals for dinner parties, and brunches. A small kitchen was never daunting. It was just a way of life.
A few months ago, I stumbled on a gem of a cooking show called "The Little Paris Kitchen". It was charm at first sight. A young woman from the UK was showing classic simple French food prepared in her teeny-tiny kitchen. There were scenes of her shopping in those very markets of my dreams.
|Rachel Khoo shopping for food in Paris|
|Rachel Khoo in her little Paris kitchen|
|A Spanish style tile back splash will give you the look|
|The tiles could be from Mexico|
|The tiles could be from Morocco or Portugal|
I did some research on the girl, who is Rachel Khoo. The TV show was an off-shoot of cook book she was writing called "The Little Paris Kitchen". So she tested recipes, for diners who paid to have dinner in "the smallest restaurant in Paris", which was her apartment. The BBC filmed a half donzen shows of that experience.
|The Little Paris Kitchen|
|Rachel's oven looks like a toy|
Rachel calls herself a "food creative", which entails cooking, writing, TV, event planning, styling, branding - anything creative to do with food. Her cook book just came out in the USA this past month, and I got it, and I love it, and yes, I have made a few things from it. The lavender chicken rocks.
Not only am I charmed by her food, I am charmed by the idea of a small picturesque yet functional kitchen.
This month at Houzz, I did my Guest Picks
based on Rachel Khoo's little Paris kitchen. I tell you where to find decorative things that you could use to create her look, and functional cooking equipment that every French cook has.
|Go to Houzz to see my Guest Picks|
So what does your fantasy of a little Paris kitchen look like?
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