What a nice Mother’s Day! Even though Jade and I were the only ones celebrating Mother’s Day today, we joined our friends Alain and Sophie of Villiers-Louis in a celebration barbecue for Sundays, beautiful weather and open spaces.
I call Villiers-Louis “deep country” because even though Sens is considered a country town, it continues in denial of it’s rusticity, working hard at maintaining it’s facade of sophistication; 2 Mcdonalds, 1 mounted policeman, 2 rickshaw taxis, several large supermarkets, numerous, meaningless roundabouts and bizarrely placed yield and stops signs for the sake of having yield and stop signs just like in Paris, but not, because everything here is within walking distance. Excepting M. Parret and his cronies, you suspect that the inhabitants and town officials of Sens are “living for the city”.
On the other hand in Villiers-Louis, a village a few kilometers outside of Sens, nestled among rolling hills, fields, meadows and stands of forest, the inhabitants seem to have no pretensions that are discernible; just pride and contentment in who they are and where they come from.
Everyday people. And they do know how to have a good time!
Everyone brought something including salads, desserts, wines, interesting conversation, joie de vivre and hearty appetites. I love eating with these people!
It felt like Thanksgiving; so much of everything and everything so good!
Sophie’s Senegalese recipes for grilled chicken and fish are amazing! As is her ability to really fire up a barbecue pit.
The chicken was perfection!
Sophie also made a spicy pickle that was reminiscent of Haitian “pikliz”. Fresh and just right with the grilled fish.
And now for a gratuitous picture of Jade.
Or two. So Lauryn Hill!
Now that I’ve figured out what to do with the French travers du porc cut, I’m pretty comfortable with it. Everyone loved the flavor of the American barbecue sauce.
Alain contributed tender, young shoots of lettuce from his kitchen garden.
For dessert we had a tiramisu and Edith’s exceptional coconut flan.
Hope you all had a Happy Mother’s Day!
Sophie’s Grilled Chicken
3 lbs chicken, cut up
1 bulb garlic, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 inches fresh ginger, grated
1 scotch bonnet, seeded and chopped
3 heaping tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
Mix garlic, bell pepper, onion, ginger, scotch bonnet, mustard, vinegar and olive oil together and toss with the chicken. Refrigerate overnight. Grill.
Wine suggestion: Yes.