Rachel Khoo believes that delicious French food is no longer the preserve of fancy Michelin starred restaurants. For the last year, this unconventional Cordon Bleu-trained cook and writer has run the smallest restaurant in Paris from her charming little flat. With only enough room to serve four guests, it is here that she has perfected her special twists on classic French dishes.
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20 Sep 2014 - 3:36 PM  UPDATED 20 Aug 2017 - 9:34 PM

In this series, Rachel invites you to sample her own distinctive "Parisian cookbook", throwing tired clichés out of the window and taking you on a beautiful and surprising edible adventure.

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Episode 1

Aired on Tuesday 11 July 2017 at 3pm on SBS.

In this enchanting opening programme, Rachel cooks up her unique take on a croque madame, conjures up some wonderful madeleine cakes, shops in the Moroccan part of the capital’s oldest food market and explores the city’s rooftops to find honey created by Parisian bees.

Recipes

Madeleines with lemon curd

 

Episode 2

Aired on Tuesday 18 July 2017 at 3pm on SBS.

In this mouth-watering episode, Rachel crafts baguettes with a master Parisian baker, puts her twist on the traditional beef Bourguignon and creates an irresistible chocolate sponge, oozing with salted caramel.

Recipes

Boeuf bourguignon with baguette dumplings
Eggs in pots (oeufs en cocotte)

 

Episode 3

Aired on Tuesday 25 July 2017 at 3pm on SBS.

In this tasty episode Rachel puts her twist on the classic French cassoulet by transforming it into a soup and bakes a sumptuous yet unusual cake made from pistachio and goat's cheese. She takes a trip to an award-winning Parisian cheese shop and makes a daybreak visit to Rungis - the world's largest wholesale food market - to produce steak tartare for a group of demanding French butchers.

Recipes

Cheese and potato nests
Chocolate mousse with cocoa nibs

 

Episode 4

Aired on Tuesday 1 August 2017 at 3pm on SBS.

In this appetizing episode, Rachel rustles up sticky chicken, coated with a delicate lavender and lemon glaze. She also displays her pâtisserie skills with a batch of zesty grapefruit and pepper meringue tartlets. In the style of a true Parisian, Rachel take a trip to the French seaside town of Trouville, where a local fisherman treats her to succulent scallops in a creamy mustard mayonnaise.

Recipes

Cheese, pistachio and prune cake
Grapefruit and pepper meringue tartlets

 

Episode 5

Aired on Tuesday 8 August 2017 at 3pm on SBS.

In this enticing episode, Rachel serves the lightest of desserts - îles flottantes – where delicately poached meringues drift on the creamiest vanilla custard. She samples exquisite Normandy oysters at a stall offering five succulent varieties, then prepares gourmet garnishes with a Parisian chef. Finally, Rachel visits one of Paris’s finest street markets and encounters Joël Thiébault, the French “King of Vegetables.” Joël sells to the world’s top chefs and today Rachel is looking for succulent beetroot for her superb lentil and goat’s cheese salad.

Recipes

Îles flottantes (floating islands)
Fish with lemon and brown butter sauce

 

Episode 6

Aired on Tuesday 15 August 2017 at 3pm on SBS.

In this appetising final episode, Rachel serves a classic quiche Lorraine with a rich creamy filling and melt-in-the-mouth pastry. She fulfils an all-time desire by turning her hand to crêpe making with a Parisian street vendor, to produce the city’s most famous and favourite snack. And she also visits a Vietnamese restaurant to explore the latest Asian food trends that are finding fans in Paris. Finally, she serves up her twist on a beef wellington – tender venison surrounded by caramelized onions in golden flaky pastry.

Recipes

Mini venison Wellington
Pistou soup