Lazy dinner 😉 I made a fresh green salad with lots of vegetables and a balsamic vinaigrette. We reheated leftover potatoes then placed cold Raclette cheese on top. We microwaved it all for 30 seconds, and voila! Lazy Raclette! Sorry Frenchies! It actually tasted very good 🙂
Sorry everybody… I forgot a photo. We hiked down to the village and when we got back I was SOOO hungry. I heated up leftover ratatouille and ate the whole bowl before I remembered to take a picture 😦 It was an ugly dish anyway. I also had salad and pistachios. Relax, you didn’t miss anything 🙂
We made it home from Geneva with NO wrong turns!!! Success! I made a vegan lentil and vegetable soup with salad and bread. I didn’t love it, but it was missing dairy and meat. Luckily, we had butter for the bread and I made a delicious creme fraiche and goat cheese dressing. Phew… my dairy levels were getting low 😉
Geneva is really beautiful! We really enjoyed walking around the city and building a big appetite for lunch. We went to the highest rated restaurant in Geneva, a roasted chicken place! We split 1/2 a roast chicken with potatoes and sauce of the day and the Swiss salad which included hard-boiled eggs, bacon, gruyere, and garlic dressing. The sauce of the day was outrageously good! It was a rich chicken gravy with garlic and coriander. It was soooo good we were dipping everything in it 🙂 We finished with espresso, as usual!
Today we picked up Gary and Aimee at the Geneva, Switzerland Airport! We left the airport and headed to our hotel that was just 8 minutes away… or three hours! Jeeze! We are SOOOO bad at this getting places thing… We completely missed lunch, so we had a big dinner instead:)
We went to an Italian pizza place outside Geneva – most restaurants are not open on Mondays. It was actually very good despite the fact that they had an automated pizza machine in the alley beside the restaurant – “fresh hot pizza in just four minutes! 24/7! “. Inside the real restaurant, we had the “Geneva” pizza with gruyere and salami and the “white” pizza with proscuitto, parmesan, and arugula. I LOVED the white pizza! I pretty much love anything with arugula. We also had the crudite salad which had corn, carrots, tomato, artichoke, olives, and a great garlic dressing. Everything was very good. We completed the meal with fine Italian espresso.
The weather promised to be perfect so we got up early and headed to Lac d’Aiguebelette! As usual, we took a few wrong turns and a 1 1/2 hour drive became a three hour drive. No worries… the drive was beautiful! We ended up on some lovely mountain roads with awesome views and luckily, a great restaurant!
We both started with Martini Bianco with lemon. So refreshing! We then had fresh green salads with beets, radishes, onion, and a great creamy balsamic dressing. I had the omelette with “house chips” and Adam had the steak with the “house chips”. WOW! I’m so glad I didn’t opt for the mashed potatoes. The “house chips” were awesome! Crispy, earthy, salty, a little charred in some spots – perfect! My omelette was done well, just a little borring. Adams steak was very good. Charred outside, rare inside, and surprise – sprinkled with cumin on the outside!
All was great, then I asked for mayonnaise and all became PERFECT! The waitress called inside through an open window to the chef. They didn’t have any, but he would make some fresh for me, “petite minute, s’il vous plaît madame”. WHAT?!?!? It was SOOO good. I dipped every chip in it. Adam even put it on his steak:) We finished the meal with espresso.
Still clearing out the refrigerator… I was feeling pretty bummed, then I found some frozen sausages we bought in Moutiers! Phew! I also found some frozen, par-baked french bread which I baked and it tasted fresh and yeasty! Dinner was going to be pretty well after all 🙂
I made pan-seared French “Grillers” with balsamic glazed, caramelized onions and garlic with a crusty baguette generously smeared with dijon mustard, and a salad with balsamic vinaigrette and Chevrotin. We’re on our last bottle of wine- Emergency! It was a very nice Savoie region Mondeuse – nutty, with hints of fresh grape and subtle red fruits (think raspberry, strawberry, and red current). Yum! Not bad for scraping up the last bits!!! We do not feel deprived, in fact, we may be feeling a heart attack coming on 😉
Cleaning out the freezer. I used the rest of the homemade chicken stock and leftover roast chicken, the last of the Epinettes, leftover peas, and voila! Chicken noodle soup with salad and baguette. I am determined to make these groceries last until the Sunday farmers market. We’ll see what I can scrounge up for dinner 😉