Around the World: France
Part of my New Year’s Resolutions is to cook (and eat) 12 international meals this year. I put a bunch of country’s names on slips of paper and drew France out of the bag. We were in France in 2007 so it has been awhile, but I looked through numerous cookbooks and websites to figure out a menu, as well as to see how the French actually eat their meals.
I actually ended up coming up with 2 meals. One was more of a lunch menu and the other was a bigger meal. We ended up having the big meal this past weekend, and it was amazing. We did cheat and have Chilean wine with dinner instead of French wine, but only because we got snowed in on Sunday and decided to make the big meal that evening since we were home, instead of a week and a half later. We had planned to find some good French wine but we couldn’t buy wine on Sunday so we had to settle for what we had.
We started out with an appetizer, which was just toasted French bread with olive oil and goat cheese. It was simple but really good. Anya said she liked it, but she didn’t love it, which only meant more for me!
The main course was Beef Bourguignon with Egg Noodles. We very rarely eat beef in our house, and this is not a dish I would have made otherwise, but it was really good. It wasn’t very hard to do but did take a lot of time because it had to simmer on the stove for quite awhile.
The next course was salad with vinaigrette and cheese. We had Brie because that’s what I could find easily at the grocery store we shop at. Apparently, the French tend to eat their salad and cheese after the main course. They also don’t put much on their salads…just the greens with a little vinaigrette. It was a little different from what I am used to, but it was actually nice that way. I also could not stop eating the Brie…
Finally, the course my kids had been waiting for – dessert. We decided on crepes. We made the actual crepes while the main course was simmering and then filled them later with Nutella and warmed banana. We sprinkled some powdered sugar on top. They were delicious and the kids loved them.