This month I've been a nearly as obsessed with French cooking as I've been with the bikes. This is what I've been reading on my Kindle:
It's funny - of course I'm fully aware of what Julia Child looked like, but as I'm reading this book I always seem to picture Meryl Streep instead. Hmm. Speaking of which, I feel another viewing of Julie & Julia coming on!! Julia was a really inspiring woman. She didn't even begin to start becoming the Julia Child we all know and love until in her late-30's - when she discovered French food and began learning to cook. In her late-30's!! That's so cool. It gives this early-40's-year-old some hope that I can still figure out what I want to be when I grow up. HA!
I've had a couple of "French" meals here during le Tour. Or at least my version of French...! On the first day of the Tour, I made some chocolate croissants for the family.
I looked up how to make croissants from scratch. And then I promptly gave up on that idea!! Holy million steps, Batman! It made me appreciate the French and their pastries even more! Instead I went with this super easy cheater version from Nigella, using premade puff pastry instead! Lame I know, but it made us happy!
I also prepared my favorite "French" lunch on the first day of the Tour - this is the sort of thing my hubs and I would gather from the markets back when we'd travel through Europe - local cheeses, fruits, olives - all combined with a fresh baguette for a yummy picnic lunch.
Last weekend we tried a new-to-us nearby restaurant, The Crepe Cafe! The owners are European, but not French. The crepes were delish! I had a veggie crepe for dinner, and we split a stawberry & nutella crepe for dessert. Yum!
Every year during the Tour I long to travel to Europe again. Sometimes I just have to bring a little bit of Europe to us. :-)
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