La Goût de la France

Post date: 15-Nov-2012 01:14:03

1st December 2012

I just got back from a mediaeval village in the South of France and enjoyed wonderful provincial cooking - beef cheeks, tarts, cassoulets. This is not the typical French food you find in restaurants, but much more homely traditional cooking, perfectly suited to the cold winter nights. And, the desserts....

In my suitcase coming back I packed some demi-sel pork (salted pork), which is a crucial ingredient in cassoulet, along with smoked sausage and frozen french sausages. I also packed real french flour so we can have proper french bread, and a little cook book of terrines I found in the local brocante. We have gesiers confits (preserved gizzards - delicious) and coeurs de palmier for a fantastic salade folle.

So come and enjoy some of my friends' lovely cooking (whose recipes I stole!)

Salade folle - composez vos-même avec

Terrine de courgettes,

Gesiers confits,

Salade de champignons cru

Coeurs de palmier

Paté de foies de volaille fait maison

et le vrai vinaigrette

Make your own "crazy salad" with terrine of courgettes, real preserved gizzards, mushroom salad, palm hearts, home made chicken liver pate, and real vinaigrette


Cassoulet de tradition

Traditional cassoulet with salted pork, smoked sausage, lamb and beans

Pommes Dauphinoise

potatoes baked with cream and garlic - heaven!

Poulet au vin blanc, gousses de l'ail et feuilles de laurier

Chicken cooked in white wine with whole cloves of garlic and bay leaves - a truly delicious dish

Tomates a la Provençal

Baked tomatoes with a crispy topping of herbes de Provence and breadcrumbs

Tarte d'epinards et du roquefort

Tart of Roquefort cheese and spinach


Tarte Tatin

classic caramelised apple tart

Gâteau des Poires façon Anjou

Anjou pear cake

Mousse au chocolat noir

Real dark chocolate mousse

Cost will be £40 of which £35 will go direct to that French charity, Médécins Sans Frontières!

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