French Cuisine

Pink Peppercorns !

Pink Peppercorns !

Pink Peppercorns.

Did you know that they're  not actually a true peppercorn?  Just a little ripe berry from the Brazilian pepper tree.  Who knew?

With a delicate, fragrant, sweet and spicy flavor, reminiscent of sweet berries and citrus zest.  

They can help fight against flu, colds and infections, and can also give relief from muscle stiffness and aches.

Sounds like I could use a truck full of these little biddy beauties after every Wednesday's pilates class.

Paris Mash !

Paris Mash !

It's no secret that the French have a flair for taking the simplest of fresh produce and turning it into a rich dish full of comfort and flavour.

I think this is what I love most about French food.

Well, maybe after butter.

Take Paris Mash for example.  The simplest of vegetables whipped up (literally)  and turned within minutes into this luscious, rich and silky smooth dish.  How could anyone not love French cooking?!

Poires Belle Helene !

Poires Belle Helene !

Poire belle Hélène, created by Auguste Escoffier (the man behind the delicious Peach Melba) and named after the operetta La belle Helene which premiered in Paris in 1864.

A gorgeous sounding name and a super simple dessert, which can be prepared in advanced and then whipped together in an instant.  Or if you’re like me, plonk all elements in front of your guests and have them serve themselves.  Voila!

Beef Champvallon !

Beef Champvallon !

Champvallon.  

A rustic yet still fairly elegant dish which dates back to the reign of Louis XIV, supposedly invented by one of his mistresses.  Where the name itself comes from,  there seems to be no clear answer.  Perhaps from the tiny little French village Champvallon located in the region of Bourgogne, or perhaps named after the archbishop of Paris during Louis XIV's reign, Francoi de Harley de Champvallon?

Whatever the answer, this is a lovely little dish to have bubbling away in your oven while the rain falls outside and while you sip a well deserved glass of red.

A Lentil Salad for Breakfast !

A Lentil Salad for Breakfast !

Me without breakfast is a sight you never want to see.  So when we boarded the early morning train from Paris to Figeac, before any of the shops or boulangeries were open, we made sure we were prepared.  

Breakfast in luggage.  Tick.

It wasn't a conventional breakfast, but it was the perfect breakfast.  Salade de lentilles a l'oeuf poche.   Lentil salad with poached egg.