More yummy jam…
Plus pics of the chalet, per my mom’s request:)
What a lovely Alpine morning! After a leisurely walk whilst picking beautiful flowers (to flower aficionados: yes, those are ranunculus, and yes, they grow wild here!), I had toasted pain de campagne, or country bread, with butter and apricot preserves from the Savoie region. Why can’t our apricots taste this good? The jam is sooooo flavorful. Fruity and floral with the most concentrated apricot flavor. I think I’m going to buy thirty of these little jars so I can bathe in it! I also had a great cup of strong French roast coffee and some sweet and tangy cherries.
Our last meal in Dublin and it was excellent! We went to Green 19. The restaurant had a great atmosphere, excellent service, and even better food. We were all very happy with our meals. Unfortunately, I’m dealing with a cold, so I stuck to simple soupy type fare – tea, soup, salad (I need vitamins:) Adam had pan seared duck breast with celeriac purée, mashed potatoes and black berries. The duck was cooked perfectly- juicy and medium rare with a crispy exterior. The mashed potatoes were smooth and creamy and served with grilled baby leeks. I had the cream of mushroom soup. It was earthy, creamy and served very hot- perfect! The fresh green salad was crisp and perfectly sour with malt vinegar and green tomatoes. We finished our great meal with a perfectly crunchy-creamy creme brûlée. Ireland, it’s been great. Thanks!
This was a simple, but excellent, breakfast in the country. Some perfectly crusty bread, coated in butter, and drizzled with honey made next door. We even saw the clover field the honey is made from! It doesn’t get more local than that!
We made these simple but delicious salami sandwiches for our picnic in the beautiful gardens of the Palais de Verseille. The bread was a nice baguette from the little corner bakery by Jessie’s apartment. Baked fresh daily, these baguettes are simply amazing. The salami, butter and emmental were nothing special, but on the baguette it made for a great sandwich. Not pictured, but also consumed were lots of salty green olives and a few bags of Lays Nature flavor potato chips. It was a nice little picnic in a beautiful garden.
I proudly created this amazing American breakfast for Charity and I to enjoy, Cyrille wouldn’t go near it. In France, unlike America, the French only eat a small breakfast consisting of sweets only. They eat sweet cakes or sweet breads covered in Nutella, very sugary cereals, cookies, candies, and anything else that has a high sugar content. They refuse to eat anything savory in the morning, it litterally disgusts them. But, since we are American, Charity and I love savory breakfast. The toad in a holes I made were awesome. I used nice crusty bread from the corner bakery, nice French butter, and eggs that were fresh and hormone free. A great way to start the day in Paris!
This salad jumped right out of the menu at me. Who wouldn’t want to eat a mushroom and bacon salad? The salad was made up of a buttery lettuce somewhat like Boston, tomato wedges, cucumber slices and crunchy croutons with a creamy dressing. The salad itself was a good salad, but then they decided to make it an awesome salad so they topped it with a heaping pile of warm mushrooms and bacon. The bacon was awesome, like it always is when it’s actual bacon, from the belly. And the mushrooms were heavy and earthy. It was an incredible salad, one of the best salads I’ve ever had!
Charity’s first course was a shrimp croquette with salad. The croquette was hot and creamy on the inside, with a really crispy exterior, and very delicate flavors, which pared very nicely with the salad and simple vinaigrette.
I had no idea what to expect when I ordered Flemish stew. I was pleasantly surprised. The tender chunks of beef were in a really great silky ale and beef gravy. I would have appreciated some carrots, onions, and peas in the stew. The frites were crispy and salty. The apple compote was a nice sweet relief from the very salty stew and frites. Overall, a very strange lunch combination, however, very pleasing and I will definitely try to make this at home.