Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Great Sunday Food

Although I still have a completely clogged up nose, the weekend was pretty good. Sunday we went to Cyr's Mom's house and had lunch with her and his brother C. Lunch is always good at the belle-mere's, she's a great cook.

I think I mentioned once before how time here seems to move faster than in the US, it's really strange. Somehow we left our place with 15 minutes to spare, stopped by the bakery to pick up a desert and then were almost an hour late for lunch. How does that happen?! Very strange...

Our tardiness was not a big deal though, we arrived just before the rain started. I really like meals at the beau-famille (in-laws) because we always have a bunch of little appetizers. We started with a glass of Champagne with little toasts that had chevre and bacon on it that were grilled in the oven. Along with that there were some banana peppers stuffed with some sort of cream cheese like filling and of course saucisson. Not just any saucisson either, my favorite; St. Agaune. It's soooooo good. It seems to have a lower fat content and the meat is tender and a bit salty and somhow even juicy. Can dried sausage be juicy? Probably only if it's really fattening.

She also had what looks like a layer cake but is in fact (I found out after I was eating) cow tongue with layers of foie gras. It's a specialty of the city where they live. Don't cringe, I know it sounds awful, but it's actually wonderful. She also made some gelatin to go with it and cut up a few figs. All two million calories were fantastic. Lunch was a lamb stew with carrots, potatoes, beets and peas with a great bottle of red wine. I think I could talk with his Mom more this visit. My French is getting a little bit better each time I think. Her English is really good though, so she can always save me when I don't know what's going on. I'm also a bit limited on topics I can talk about because I don't have a wide variety of words to choose from. I wanted to ask her about work and a few things but didn't know the words. Maybe next time.

We hung out most of the day and then came home and tried to get things done for the wedding. Everyone clap your hands in appreciation of Cyr's first dance lesson!! I think I fell in love all over again...he's a natural waltzer people.

I love the waltz. It's a dance that always makes me think that maybe I was a princess given away at birth to protect me from the evil doers of my land. To be raised by a nice family to maybe one day be brought back to rule in my castle and have the stable of horses I so deserve. I also don't really look like my parents which has always aided this fantasy. But I do act like them. Guess you can't get away from the DNA too much. Plus I wouldn't give them up for anything, not even a castle. But if they threw in a stable of horses...well it would be tempting...naw. Not really.

5 comments:

Justin said...

mmm I want to eat EVERYTHING you mentioned.

Andromeda said...

Cow tongue sounds interesting. Did she make the layer thing herself or can one purchase it ready made?

Rochelle said...

Wow, not sure I could be tempted by cow's tongue, but if I ate it and didn't know what it was and then loved it like you did then that's another thing altogether.

My parents told me they would never eat frogs legs and they unknowingly ate a frogs legs pie Christophe's grandmother made and LOVED it. They weren't too happy when I revealed the secret ingredient!

Susan in Lille said...

Justin - oh yeah, very tasty!

Andromeda - she actually purchases it all made. I can't remember what it was called, but I will ask Cyr if you like!

Rochelle - you are so right, it's much better to find out after you eat something what it is. As long as it's safe I mean, and I see other people eating it...I don't want to be the first to try something I don't know. I like frog legs too! Taste like chicken...

Marie said...

I love how you talk about food in France. I should go to a (French) restaurant and re-discover gourmet meals with you !!