Sunday, 24 June 2012

Day Two - What To Expect When Dining With The French In South Of France

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I've got a delicious selection of French dishes that are fit for a queen.  Feast your eyes on this rabbit that was cooked in cider.  Recipe to follow next week.  

Simply beautiful with a glass of rosé.  Rosé is a result of black skinned grapes crushed and then immersed in it's juice for a few days.  The orange or pink hues of the final drink adds gorgeous colour to a feast as outlined below.  

As an apéritif you may even get to try a wine made from the juice of orange.  This particular type was home made and complemented the orange hues from the rinds of orange in an Italian bolognaise recipe I tried today.

The pasta was home-made.  The sauce was cooked on low heat for five hours!

The rabbit was prepared with carrots, celery, shallots, garlic and many other ingredients.  It was pleasant but you may have to stop yourself from thinking about cute little bunnies!

Whilst the family take a nap (including the cat it appears), you may want to consider walking the dog or hitting the swimming pool to burn off a bit of energy.  After all, you've probably polished off your meal with cheese and more wine.

Your stuffed belly may scream but you'll start the next meal with salads of course.  This particular salad was prepared with radish, tomatoes, cucumber, salad greens and feta.  The dressing was olive oil based with balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar and a dash of pepper.

A BBQ is of course not complete without a meat feast.

I love merguez.  Tip - add a sprinkling of cumin on top.  Boosts the flavour of the sausage.  If you don't believe me, ask the French!

My favourite cheese is Gargonzola.  The particular type that I enjoyed was very creamy and melts in your mouth.  This is an Italian blue cheese and is amazing with polenta.  I am afraid that in my excitement to eat it, I had forgotten to photograph this!

You may seal this beastly feast with tart au fruits rouge.  

If your belly feels like it may burst any moment, then it's definitely time to stop eating....

Stay tuned for day three in Monaco.  Good night lovely readers!