This is a misleading title for a post in some ways. You may be expecting me to rave and rant about how superb the foie gras (in every form) is, and the confit de canard that I had simmering away for hours in oil with a truffle infusion or how about the complex terrine of poulet de Bresse with Cognac jelly. In fact, I did nothing of the sort in terms of cooking good food in France.
What I did do this year, is stick to a fairly predictable but still utterly delicious set of ingredients that were cooked and enjoyed in the farmhouse “Larmalie” every night, apart from one evening of pizza at the beach restaurant. After all, I am on holiday. And for me, cooking away from home always means making the most of what’s on offer locally and eating it simply.
So here is what we had most nights in list form. Can you believe I did not take any photos? Do you know what, it felt good! I was ready for a compete break from all things blogging. I just wanted to clear my head and feel refreshed on my return, coming back with lots of ideas. It has done me the world of good having two weeks of total relaxation.
Now back to that list………
An evening meal at Larmalie consisted of :-
Good local chicken legs scored and marinated with garlic, dried herbs, oil & wine/lemon
French potatoes cooked in a terracotta dish with lots of olive oil, rosemary & garlic
Beef tomato & shallot salad
A range of amazing salad leaves (available at the market)
Chocolate/Chocolate mousse (bought)
Copious bottles of wine and some Pineau des Charentes or Cognac
The food was never fancy but it was always delicious. I find it far more relaxing to eat at home, not to mention more cost effective. One other excellent evening of cooking was our fire-pit night. I have written about this before HERE. Again, simple. A bought leg of lamb was butterflied and cooked over the fire with lots of rosemary and garlic. It is a very special thing to do, especially when the sun sets and the fire is still blazing away. Our pudding that evening was marshmallows under the stars!
We had a perfectly timed pit-stop on our way down to the Dordogne, stopping off for a bite to eat at Karen’s (Lavender & Lovage) beautiful house. It was lovely to see her and admire her splendid surroundings and the chickens too!
I will leave you with a few photos, featuring some of the superb ingredients on offer in the food markets we visited. I was so impressed by both the Perigueux and Riberac markets. The producers and the quality of their products are something to be admired.
As for the patisseries………………irresistible, delectable, inspirational, dangerous!
P.S. I will be posting a delicious mini lunchbox loaf cake soon as well as September’s “One Ingredient”.