What to Take to a French Picnic ?

I've been back from France for just over a year now and I don't think a day has gone by where I haven't thought of it.  Thought of some little antidote that puts a huge smile on my face, like the fact that we ate mille-feuilles almost daily (sometimes two per day), and like the time we rode our bikes around Normandy with poncho's on!  So you'll understand when I say that I'll use any excuse to do something French, including cook French food.  Actually, who am I kidding - I don't even need an excuse!

So when tickets were bought for So Frenchy So Chic In the Park (see here) I was a girl on a mission.....what picnic food to make?  I didn't even take into account anyone dietary requirements or taste buds.  It was all about me and what I wanted, and I wanted......


Cervelles de Canut

(recipe from A Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo)



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250g fromage frais or cottage cheese | 3 ½ tbsp. crème fraiche | 1 tbsp red wine vinegar | 1 small shallot, finely chopped | ½ clove of garlic, crushed to a paste | ½ tsp sugar (I omitted this) | 4 tbsp finely chopped chives | Sea salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Drain any excess liquid from the cheese.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, saving some of the chives for the garnish, and taste for seasoning.
  3. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the cheese for 2 hours.
  4. Sprinkle the cheese with chives and serve chilled.

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Tres bon!