Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
The Boulevard de Lattre de Tassigny and Rue de Strasbourg are magnificently quiet. The weather has been lovely this week. Mike took the opportunity to help Rudy with some rehab walking exercises in the garden.
Indoors, I’ve been rehabilitating an 18th Century Madonna which had some serious leg damage, but can now stand again. Fabulous face!
And in the kitchen I’ve been reorganising the drawers. Teflon is gone, aluminium is gone, broken things are gone – and we’re down to the 1960’s Sambonet set which was the Italian equivalent to American Revere Ware. Stainless steel with copper bottoms, super practical. Last week I also got a complete set of late 60’s super vintage looking brown/beige Le Creuset (enamelled cast iron), as I only had mismatched pieces. To replace the teflon I’m going with French De Buyer carbon steel skillets which work fabulously once seasoned (there are tons of videos on youtube on how to specifically season De Buyer pieces.) In case you’re wondering once they’re seasoned they are indeed perfectly non-stick.
In food experimentation this week I attempted an adaptation of Meera Sodha’s Prawns w/ Garlic & Mustard Seeds. I substituted prawns for thickly cut semi-circular courgette slices. It worked beautifully. At the end I threw in a splash of Arome, a splash of Nam-Pla and 4 very finely sliced anchovies. It came out on the spicy side, but as vegetarian things go, on the excellent side of the scale.