Over the next few weeks, I shall post as many of the recipes as I can before I am asked to return the book, as it is a perfect introduction to French cuisine for anyone who wasn't taught the fundamentals as a schoolchild.
Today's recipe is the simple and classic celeri remoulade, which formed part of last night's meal. My wife makes huge bowls of the stuff every summer; we eat it at lunch, sitting outside in the courtyard, where plates piled high with ham, cheese, and hunks of torn baguette always seem to have a little space left over for this crunchy, creamy, mustardy salad.
600g celeriac, washed and peeled
130g mayonnaise (homemade or store-bought)
2tbsps Dijon mustard
2tbsps lemon juice
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Prepare the dressing. Like many vegetables, celeriac is quick to discolour once exposed to the air, and so the sauce should be made first and then put aside while the celeriac is prepared. To make the dressing, simply mix the mustard, lemon juice, and the mayonnaise together.
2. Grate the celeriac. You can buy special graters for the purpose in France, or you can use the coarse side of a standard cheese grater.
3. Stir the dressing through the grated celeriac until every strand is finely coated. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve as a vegetable side dish with almost anything - last night we ate it with roast chicken, but it works well on picnics, in lunch boxes, and with grilled meat and fish.