Unfortunately, our neighbor Mme Parret has had an uncomfortable year as far as her health is concerned which has interfered with her ability to make those marvelous, daily, multicourse lunches that she is famous for. Unwilling to totally give up on an activity that she enjoys, and the company of the hundreds who have sat at her table, she drafted M. Parret today as a substitute cook , under close supervision :)
In case things went wrong, we fortified ourselves with a dry, robust wine from the Loire Valley, Savennieres. Though it was a good excuse to sip and sip again a nice wine, we shouldn’t have worried. M. and Mme Parret have been together for over 50 years; it’s obvious that M. Parret paid some attention to what was happening in the kitchen. We began with an entree of salmon and leeks in butter sauce.
The “plat principal” was braised rabbit in a mushroom, creme fraiche sauce with pasta. Simple, traditional and very good. This was served with a Beaujolais Village.
We, of course, had a cheese platter and because Mme Parret would never trust M. Parret to make a tart, we had fresh pineapple for dessert, and coffee. A very nice meal.