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.