Meet Hortense Vene, the Cordon-Bleu-trained culinary mastermind behind @la_frenchette. Hortense has had us drooling over her creations since the beginning of lockdown – below she let us in on some of her routines and rituals.
What’s a new habit you started during quarantine?
Pilates online classes and making my own sourdough bread
A new habit you wish you *hadn’t* started in quarantine?
Staying in my pyjamas all day …
Salty or sweet?
Salty forever. Bread with salted butter and salmon roes being my favourite snack of all times.
Go-to dish when you can’t be bothered to cook?
Avocado toast for lunch and ketchup and parmesan pasta for dinner.
Go-to dish when you have hours to kill?
I am a chef, so I always have hours to kill in the kitchen 😊. These days I am really into pithivier and puff pastry. Trying different combinations of meat and veg. Always served with a delicious sauce.
Favourite series to binge watch?
I looooved The Amazing Mrs Maisel, on Amazon prime. OMG her outfits !
Last book you read?
A French novel on Chef Auguste Escoffier’s life. Fascinating!
3 items you ALWAYS have in your fridge
Very good quality salted butter, homemade red onion pickles and parmesan.
3 items you ALWAYS have in your pantry
Tahini, pine nuts & chili flakes
Secret weapon against hangovers
Jump in the sea! If there’s no water around: litres of diet coke.
If you were a condiment, what would you be?
Mango chutney: sweet & spicy
Follow your dreams
What helps when you feel homesick?
Facetime with my sisters, cook my mum’s recipes and watch French movies.
Do you have any lucky items / talismans?
My mother gave me a gold Greek necklace which I love to think protects me. All the women in my family have it.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Be a superfeeder (just came up with that word!). Bring comforting homemade food to every starving person in the world.