First Frenchy

A compil of French first dishes…

Pâtés et terrines

Pâté means both a meat terrine and a pie. That depends…

patés (meat terrines)
petits pâtés (pies)
coulibiac (fish pie)
mousse de foie aux olives et romarin (liver paste)
terrine de chou-fleur (cauliflower)

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Soupes et potages


Country
soupe au chou (cabbage)
gratinée au bouillon de canard (onion)
soupe à l’oignon rouge
soupe au pistou (pesto)
néo-garbure (beans)
gratinée d’avoine (oat)


City
potage Crécy
potage Choisy
crème de chou fleur (cauliflower)
soupe de champignons (mushrooms)
soupe au cerfeuil (chervil)
cauli-carrot
crème vert amande


Seaside
soupe de poisson
potager de poisson
white bean and clam soup
chaudrée de saumon (salmon chowder)
bouillabaisse

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Tartes, quiches, savory cakes


pounti (herb and prune peasant cake)
cake salé au fromage et aux piments
cakes aux fèves et pesto (broad bean pesto cakes)


quiche lorraine
tarte au potiron
flamiche (with leeks)
tarte à l’oignon


tarte aux epinards
tatin tomate
pichade (tomato)
pissaladiere (onion)

quiche poire et bleu
tarte flambée – flammenkuechen (old style quiche)
tarte flambée à la pomme (apple)


Soufflés
soufflé de potimarron
soufflé de fromage et chou-fleur

salades et crudités

salade de tomates
salade niçoise (the real story)
salade de riz Méditerranée (rice)
taboulé rouge
taboulé au safran


poireau vinaigrette (leeks)
salade de lentilles au saumon d’automne (salmon, lentils)
poire, bleu, noix (pear cheese)
dill lime salade composée

salade aux calamars et pois chiches (chick peas)
salad tahitienne (sashimi)
salade composée (poached egg and croutons)

Or you can simply serve eggs :

oeuf mayo
omelette baveuse
oeufs à la coque

Zucchini composée

Salade composée. One plate salad meal. The plants and the meat. Well, not really meat tonight, eggs and fish.

These were cut in ribbons and briefly steamed with a branch of rosemary.

The photo indicates the composition. There is lemon juice too, and seaweed konnyaku (the green square).
Confession : A little paprika on the eggs because I over-cooked them and they were turning green too.

Salad 6L

Six layers of freshness for a salad lunch.
Yama-imo (a root, that is eaten raw), myoga (“ginger sprouts”), konnyaku (seaweed flavored), trout salmon, edamame green soybeans and lettuce.

The fish and the edamame are sti-fried together. For the dressing, I simply pour it on top : tarragon white wine vinegar, olive oil, herbs, salt and pepper. I mix as I eat.

Simple retro Christmas night (1)

That’s not the a party in Japan, that was just for the fun traditions. That seems very frugal. That depends on your point of comparison. Most people in Japan simply ate fried chicken, yes, the infamous fast-food bucket of greasy starch with bits of meat sometimes hidden in the middle. Ads tell them you should have chicken for Xmas. I’ll ignore that trend.

This is the menu :
Salade composée aux oeufs de saumon
Jambon en croûte aux marrons (chesnut ham pie)
13 desserts

That’s short, because there are 13 desserts and even if that’s not what you may imagine, I didn’t want to burst.

I know my candles look even more retro. Caveman style. That’s a mistake. I thought I have bought a pack of plate-warmer candles. I could have put them inside glasses, that’s pretty. But when I opened the package I saw those what-you-call them to cook a fondue. At least, I had a Christmas fire.

Salmon eggs are not caviar, but they used to be a rarity, something for occasions. I like them anyway.
That couldn’t be simpler. Salad, radish, croûtons and salmon eggs.

The rest of the meal in next posts :

Salade du jour : wood berries

A quick salad lunch. Easy and fruity.

Stir-fried duck meat, celery, yellow paprika, rocket (aragula), parsley, (frozen) blueberries…

The second berry touch is in raspberry flavored wine vinegar used to “deglace” (clean ?), the duck fat in the pan. Poured hot on the salad.

Composition de salade

Une petite salade composee.

Season greens : mesclun (baby leaves), goya bitter squash and nashi pear.

Vinaigrette : onion, Italian parsley, olive oil, raspberry vinegar, salt and pepper.

Poached egg, with paprika.

The croutons are toasted cubes of home-made sesame bread.

Cal 320.2 F11.7g C45.1g P13.8g