I have to say I was pretty excited to make this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe – Café style grated carrot salad (p 107 or carottes râpées as they are known in France). It’s a classic salad, often served in café as the name suggests, but it’s also something that you can easily find in most supermarkets or traiteurs and which occupies a pretty much permanent position in my fridge when I am in France.
It’s a pretty easy recipe (well apart from the grating of the carrots, a bit of a pain) – carrots, mustard, honey, vinegar, oil, raisins, walnuts and parsley – but the dish completely took me back to my little Paris kitchen circa 1998 when I used to work at the British Council and would routinely arrive home around 8pm. Not wishing to cook a meal for one at that late hour, I would often have a bowl of carottes rapées with some baguette and a glass of wine. Dinner of champions and English teachers everywhere! In fact, just last month, I had that for dinner one night, being too lazy to cook after being in the kitchen all day at La Cuisine Paris.
It’s honestly so easy I don’t know why I haven’t made this more often. I guess the carrot grating is the off-putting factor.
But yesterday as I ate this, standing outside with my camera still slung over my shoulder, I figured the hassle of the grating was worth it.
And I vowed to make it again. Very soon. So I can close my eyes and pretend I am in France…
French Fridays with Dorie participants do not publish the recipes on our blogs (though you are in luck this week – you can find the recipe on Dorie’s site!), rather, we prefer if you purchase Around My French Table for yourselves (trust me, you definitely want this book!) which you can do here on Amazon or Amazon Canada. Or for free worldwide shipping, buy from The Book Depository. Go on, treat yourself – join us! I have not missed a week since October 2010 and the recipes that I didn’t like I can count on one hand.