La Marmite, Issue #8 -- Easter in FranceMarch 17th, 2009
Bonjour et bienvenue to the eight issue of La Marmite featuring Easter in France. In this issue you will find featured:
The day after Easter is referred to as Easter Monday and it is an official holiday. Many people take advantage of the hopefully beautiful weather and organize a picnic on this day. In some places there is quite a tradition of making and eating omelets on these picnics, and in Bessières a giant omelet containing 10,000 eggs is cooked in a pan measuring nearly 12 feet across! Enough to offer everyone present a tasty lunch.There really are no traditional Easter dishes in France, but lamb is often cooked. Many people will prepare a gigot d'agneau (leg of lamb) or perhaps, weather permitting, enjoy their first barbecue of the year with les brochettes d'agneau (skewered lamb). If you too would like to enjoy lamb on Easter Sunday, I highly recommend this French lamb stew recipe called Navarin. It is ideally prepared with spring vegetables, making it the perfect dish for the occasion.Wondering what wine to serve with lamb? With a little effort you really can't go wrong here. Try lighter red wines or if you're doing the barbecue thing, look into a rosé. But don't take my word for it, have a look at this nifty tool that allows you to find the right wine with just about any French dish you can think of: Plats Net Vins (You'll need to speak a little French, but you'll soon get the hang of it I'm sure.)
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Poisson au Four
Vegetable of the Month
This month's star vegetable is the leek. Leeks are large mild green onions that add mellow flavor to just about anything. Learn more about leeks here: leek recipes.You probably know this potato leek soup recipe as Vichysoise, the famous cold soup. It really is a great way to enjoy leeks. By the way, if the idea of cold soup doesn't rock your boat, just heat it up and call it Potage Parmentier. It's delicious.Check out these two other recipes on Easy French Food that feature leeks and be sure to give this flavorful vegetables a try soon:Leek tart recipe - Featuring tapenade and goat cheese as well. This would be perfect for an Easter Monday picnic outing.Flamiche - A substantial leek tart that comes from the Picardy region of France. I serve this with a salad for a meal unto itself.
Quoi de neuf?
French celebrations - Here's a list of French celebrations to keep you partying throughout the year.Canneles Bordelais - These are unusual and scrumptious rum cakes from Bordeaux. Sure to please!Seafood Casserole - My husband said this was the best thing I ever made. I didn't tell him it was dead easy.French cooking equipment - Here are some of the handy kitchen items you will find featured on Easy French Food:
Next Issue:Hope you enjoyed your Easter in France. Thanks so much for spending some time with me. In the next issue, due out on April 21st: A French barbecue to get the season started in style..If you're receiving this newsletter because a friend forwarded it to you, you can sign up for your own copy of La Marmite: Subscribe to La Marmite.A bientot and remember to enjoy your food!Your friend in France,Kim
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