We hit the ground running this time! Twenty-four hours after landing at Charles DeGualle , Mark and I headed over to Montmartre for a cooking class. This was a Market Class, meaning that we shopped for the ingredients at tiny, precious shops and then took them to the kitchen to prepare our lunch.
First stop was the fromagerie, where we learned about the five different types of French cheese, and then picked out several to go with our meal.
Next stop was the butcher.
Next we went to the bakery for our bread, as every good Parisian does. This one was tiny and smelled like heaven.
Next was a little produce market.
Our kitchen was small but very attractive.
We had the privilege of scooping out the pigeon organs, discarding most but reserving the kidneys for another use. What???? We then learned how to cut the legs off and then remove the meat from the ribs. Finally, we got to wield cleavers and chop up the rest of the carcass for the sauce. It was very violent. Blood and bits were flying everywhere. Happily, none of them mine. Here was our pigeon ready for the oven.
And now, the finished products:
Yeah, you might have noticed that I skipped the main course (pigeon on sauteed potatoes with caramelized onions and chopped kidney on a slice of baguette) and the cheese plate. I get distracted when food is put in front of me . That’s why they don’t pay me the big bucks to write this thing.
This was a great way to begin my new year in Paris. If you are ever looking for a cooking class here, check out Cook N With Class. You might even learn to eat some new foods like pigeon.
14 responses to “You ate what?”
Looks and sounds like a great time. When we were in France I ordered pigeon by mistake and was very surprised that I liked it. Enjoyed seeing you while you were here. Happy New Year!
Can you pick a class without pigeon? Did you know the menu beforehand? I don’t believe that you ate it, especially since there is no picture of the finished dish. The cake looks delish, though.
Nope- no advance menu available! It was actually good- didn’t taste gamey at all.
So jealous. And impressed!
Mai I say your writing sounded like you were channeling Claire when you described chopping up the pigeon?
Sounds fun visiting all the cute shops, but I can’t imagine doing all that on a regular basis. I’ve hit a slow-moving pigeon with my car before. Gee, it just didn’t occur to me to pick it up off the road and roast it!
Maybe incorporating pigeon more in to peolples diet would be a good thing for places where pigeons tend to congregate
like monuments etc. or St. Marks Square. Wonder if they are sacred there like cows in India?
The shops looked fabulous esp. the fromagerie. Makes my mouth water,
I agree with Martha, we should have a witness confirm that pigeon was consumed by the blog madame! I can’t make out what the white garnish is on the cake? Pear?
It was a very thin slice of apple. I didn’t eat it- trying to watch my calories.
You ate a pigeon? Well, I wouldn’t, but let’s not “squabble” about it…….aunt nancy
Thanks for the chuckle early this dark morning!
Welcome back – and what a great way to hit the ground running…or eating!
Thanks, MK. Hopefully we can do some running around together soon!
I love pigeon. What’s the big deal? Oh, I get it. Everyone is thinking about the rats-with-wings variety and not the wood pigeon variety. Anyway, I think you produced some beautiful looking food. Well done!
Exactly.. And thanks!