I totally tortured myself working on this post. My mouth is salivating and my stomach rumbling. Each photo was more and more torture and the nectarines are just not satisfying enough! Be warned.. if you love food your mouth may salivate....
Glorious food we ate in our friends and family homes and 1 inexpensive restaurant. Unfortunately we were so sick in our last 5 days in Paris that we couldn't stomach much. And this occurred after we had purchased about 10 different variety of cheese at Lidle. Cheese that I can't get or that cost the earth here in the tropical north. So we ate none in those last days - boohoo :-(
In Lyon one of my favourite dishes was Hare with Chestnuts and Green Salad. The salad has a delicate mild taste in France. The leaves are softer. I don't know if it's a different type of lettuce then in Australia or if it's the growing conditions, but I'm always amazed at the taste difference.
|Salad with a vinegrette of oil, vinegar and garlic.|
|Preserved Hare purchased from a farm via catalogue.|
Our friend Jean Charles used to run a restaurant so his cooking skills are pretty amazing. He prepared a sauce of artichoke hearts with prawns and scallops, placed on a bed of fettucini and garnished with bacon wrapped asparagus.
He purchases his artichokes when they are in season, cleans, chops and freezes them ready to prepare off season. Frugal and wise.
|Dinner is Served.|
|Delicious and Mouth Watering|
Our lovely Ex CouchSurfing guests Florence and Cyril cooked many amazing dishes for us. The night before this shot, Florence had offered Dolly cook with her the next day. The first words of the day from Dolly were "Is Florence awake now so we can cook".
They made a Galette De Roi - a traditional cake in France eaten in homage to the 3 kings that gave gifts to baby Jesus. This is one of my all time favourite cakes. We ate 6 of them whilst in France. Inside the layers is a hidden porcelain charm. The person who finds it, is the King or Queen for the day and receive a golden paper crown. Small children hide under the table and call out who each portion is for.
|Making of the Galette De Roi.|
Dolly under the table getting ready to call the portions out.
|Golden, Crispy, Soft, Buttery and Warm! In other words Divine!!!|
|Quick Lunch before heading out. Escargot - Snails.|
Every lunchtime my cousin races home from her full time job and cooks for her 2 teenage children and herself. This allows her to eat properly at lunch and dinner time. I think this would stress me out. But Food is a serious issue with the French. You wont see people eating a sandwich at home. Here she prepared and cooked 2 different types of quiches in the space of 30 minutes!
|Fast Food, Fast Cooking.|
|1 in the oven, 1 more to go.|
|One of my all time favourite dishes - Moroccan Cous Cous.|
|Moroccan Style Cooking.|