I have been exceptionally lucky this summer. Living in London means that I’m always a two-and-a-half-hour train ride straight to the heart of Paris. Diana Vreeland said that ‘the best thing about London is Paris.’ Dare I say she is right?
Aside from my proximity, I was in France for a number of occasions. First, in Normany for my godson’s baptism. Then, the annual family stay in Provence. And most recently, a trip to Paris to plan my wedding there to Mr. English. I know, it’s not fair. I’m jealous of myself. The point is, I don’t feel right about it unless I share the wealth. I’m always posting my own French-inspired recipes. But where do I get the inspiration? From the pictures I take when I’m in la patrie. In honor of France’s big fête today, I think we all deserve a little bit of French food ogling. Consider this post book one in food writing’s Fifty Shades.
Trouville: Moules à la Crème
You should have seen how many frites came along with!
Trouville: Bavette with Shallots (that’s flank steak, to us). What a classic!
Trouville: Cidre Buché
I never leave Normandy without a few big gulps of their dry hard apple cider.
No one likes it but me, so I get the bottle for myself.
Try this (I love this!).
Aix-en-Provence: Provençal Vegetable Lasagna
My mom’s favorite meal in my favorite town.
Also the inspiration behind my Roasted Ratatouille Lasagna.
Cassis: Niçoise Salad
Just off the plane in our favorite seaside nook, I have to order a classic Niçoise.
Mr. English and I fight over which part is best.
It’s obviously the haricots verts. What’s he playing at?
Try this, this, or this.
La Ciotat: Zucchini and Zucchini Flower Beignets
I eat these every summer. Batter fried and delicious.
Try these or this.
La Ciotat: Tapenade
We went to a cool restaurant built on the site of the old shipyard.
Provence without tapenade is like clocks without time.
It just doesn’t make sense.
Try this, this, this, this, or this.
La Ciotat: Steak Frites
Mr. English ordered this exquisite filet au poivre.
I stole most of his frites. Couldn’t be helped.
La Ciotat: Fresh Grilled Sea Bass with Ratatouille
I split the whole beast, fresh from the Mediterranean, with my mom.
Sea bass is my absolute favorite. The ratatouille was deeply caramelized.
Try this or this.
La Ciotat: Maman and I hunt for olives
There is nothing like a Provençal market.
We ate these olives every night before dinner with a bottle of rosé.
Definitely try this. It’s a family classic.
Cassis: Seared Tuna Tartare at Nino
I took everyone out to Nino our last night there.
Cassis: Steak with Morilles
This was delicious.
The shallot on the left roasted whole in its skin was the biggest surprise.
Cassis: Sea Bream with Truffled Risotto
Also at Nino. The BEST risotto.
Paris: Salmon Tartare
Pre-wedding planning lunch in St. Germain.
Paris: Steak Frites with Red Wine Sauce