As there is the South and the Deep South, there also exists the Country and the Deep Country. This Sunday we left our country town of Sens, 40,000 inhabitants, to attend a barbecue in Villiers-Louis, population 449, deep country.
Our host Alain, retired teacher and 4th generation Villiers-Louisian and his lovely wife, Sophie, welcomed us to share in an impromptu, alfresco, potluck barbecue with his family and neighbors. Try as he might, Alain was unsuccessful at having his daughter remove the tell-tale bottle of ketchup from the table before I snapped this picture. America, winning the hearts and minds of France, condiment by condiment :)
M. Jean-Louis Gaujard, on the right, is a well known producer of foie gras. Food groupie that I am, I was thrilled to talk with him about the merits of magret de canard and sauteed foie gras with cherry or mango sauce. My friend Sophie wanted to discuss Sophie and her lamb chop. I can imagine her childhood :)
Grilled Mint Yogurt Lamb Chops
Lamb chops for a crowd, at least 2 per person
1/2 cup spring onions, chopped
1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp piment d’espelette
1 tsp salt
2 cups Greek yogurt
Mix the spices and vegetables together with the yogurt, then put into a zip lock bag with the chops, squish around and refrigerate overnight.
Grill and serve with Japanese potato salad http://cookinginsens.wordpress.com/2011/02/06/honey-mustard-fried-chicken-with-japanese-potato-salad/ and beet salsa http://cookinginsens.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/pan-fried-cod-with-beet-salsa/
Wine suggestion: Rose d’Anjou