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Review: Ripailles by Stéphane Reynaud {plus a Smoked Salmon Omelette}

Smoked Salmon Omelette

Yesterday I took delivery of some new cookbooks! Like a child, I spent the day pouring through them instead of ironing.  No contest there!  One of them is Ripailles by Stéphane Reynaud, the owner and chef of restaurant Villa 9 Trois in Montreuil, Paris {I watched him cook on the Saturday Kitchen show last weekend and had to buy the book!}.

This is a glorious TOME of a book with stunning photography of every kind of dish in it. Recipes are wonderfully short with simple ingredients. Each main dish has a wine pairing and there are lovely anecdotes, introductions to various food producers and culinary regions. It is a GOOD FOOD cookbook of traditional French cuisine that you will go to over and over again.

Zip forward to today.

Well, it may officially be Spring but its still wintery outside.  After bringing the kids to school, the cold has me starving!  At this moment in time, I’ve two dozen eggs in the larder so I guess I’m having eggs for breakfast!

There’s a lovely recipe in Stéphane’s book for an omelette with smoked salmon which I always have in my fridge. Stephane’s recipe calls for eggs, cream, smoked salmon, lumpfish roe, lime zest and sun dried tomatoes that are sautéed before adding the eggs.  I don’t have lumpfish roe or cream so I substituted the cream with a spoonful of crème fraîche and ignored the roe part!  The smoked salmon is to added at the very end so that it doesn’t cook but as a lover of smoked salmon I heaped it on, adding some to cook and the rest uncooked as a topping.

The end result was deliciously rich, the lime zest an inspiration that sang with the salmon in perfect harmony! I highly recommend giving this recipe a try.

Stephane’s book is published by Murdoch Books and has a massive 480 pages!  It is available from Amazon and all good booksellers.

Xx Paula

2 comments on “Review: Ripailles by Stéphane Reynaud {plus a Smoked Salmon Omelette}

  1. foodfrommetwoyou
    February 7, 2013

    oh Paula..this looks so not a fan of roe anyway, so i would leave it out to…i to am a cookbook junkie, and this book might have to go on my “gimmie” list…lovely post..sarah

    • Hi Sarah! Thanks for your comments! The recipe is lovely. I’d never used zest with eggs before and was really pleasantly surprised! The book is a gem. There’s oodles to read, ponder and cook!! I’m totally taken with it. Xx Paula

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