I was doing so much whining about the flavor and quality of food in the U.S. that I thought that maybe I was exaggerating. No, I was right 🙂 There is more “natural” flavor in the meat, vegetables, eggs and especially the butter in France. This country style lunch of roasted pork and garden vegetables made that fact very clear!
When M. Parret commented on my substantial weight loss over the last 8 months, I told him that it was because there was nothing to eat or drink in the U.S. and he agreed 😀
These crunchy baguettes called “les craquantes” are a treat, spread with a thick layer of butter and accompanied by fresh, juicy radishes and goose rillettes.
I missed this tablecloth. What are we going to do when it’s completely worn out?! It just won’t be the same.
I made a cauliflower casserole with lardons, scallions and cheese. It was okay but not stellar.
Of course we ate and drank the whole day in the traditional manner 😉 It was also nice to be at a table again where no one was texting and a phone call would have been considered an intrusion.
Of course there was a cheese tray with an exceptional, perfectly ripe Camembert. I was just able to get this picture before the tray was snatched away. Notice the French “fingers in the photo” picture.
Ignoring the admonishing glare from the old French guy, I combined my salad course with that of the cheese course and was happier for it. You’d think he’d learn 🙂
Le Parret made his “creme” and an apple tarte. I did mention that it seemed he was not getting his tarte dough from the same boulangerie and that this new supplier’s dough seemed less buttery. When he admitted it, I laughed. But in a good way 😀
The tarte was wonderful, no matter how much I teased him 🙂