You know how we have our big celebrations; Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s? Those are the times that we Americans really celebrate, enjoying the food, wine and company. But the French, at least my friends in Sens, every time they sit down at the table, be it snacks or a blow out dinner, it’s a celebration. I really like their style.
I think the secret is to eat with people who truly like the idea of food and like sharing it with others. I mean, it’s no accident that we invited the owners of the only boulangerie (bread/pastry shop) worth going to in town. Everyone is so ready to have a good time!
Our children, having grown up overseas, have a natural ”joie de vivre” that makes me want to keep putting the food on the table with friends and family.
Thierry is one of my favorites. He loves my food and he brings me plates from garage and yard sales In addition, he filled my car up with gas (Yes, I’m pretty much a punk when it comes to that) and he’s just a nice guy.
Anyway, we began with les moules marinieres. Sweet shallots, parsley and white wine.
The main course was my barbecued lamb with a combination of Parret garden potatoes and fresh market vegetables.
Well, yeah, there was the cheese course. We were after all, Chez les Parrets, both of them diploma-ed cheese experts.
The dessert, a mille feuille, was fresh from the boulangerie. M. Parret likes it plain but I couldn’t help but say, “Hello, strawberries!” Never the less, it was good.
Barbecued Butterflied Lamb
2 tbsp olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, smashed
Juice of one lemon
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp parsley, chopped
Mix the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, honey and parsley together. Set aside.
Preheat the grill to 400 F. Place the lamb off flame for 40 minutes, top down.
Put the lamb over the flame, turning and basting with the sauce for about 10 minutes.