My French connection
In honour of Bastille Day, “le quatorze juillet” or La Fête Nationale, which I often celebrate for my French roots, my oldest son and I are cooking dishes from Joanne Harris (of Chocolat fame)’s The French Kitchen. I’m a passionate cook and have had the book for more than ten years (it was published in 2002). As such I can vouch for every recipe I’ve ever tried in it.
This particular copy is also very special to me because my husband bought it for me – don’t you love those messages at the beginning of a book if someone has given it to you? For some it may be a sacrilege to write in a book but I love paging through messages from the “gifter”. It gives the pages character, especially in a book that’s meant to be consulted. I believe that recipe books (unlike novels – don’t dog-ear my pages) really aren’t meant to look clean. They’re supposed to look used, with grease stains and soup splatters – as long as the pages aren’t stuck together.
My son and I have settled for simple fair. Not because I didn’t want to go the whole hog, but because my children are really fussy eaters. They’re quite delighted with a “real” Quiche Lorraine, with home-made ice cream and Harris’s fudge sauce.
The adults are going try Soupe au Fromage. Harris has translated this as Blue Cheese Bake, but literally it means “cheese soup”. It comes from the Auvergne region and is going to serve as our main with a green salad. Harris describes this dish as “very comforting” – a perfect choice for a cold winter’s evening.
We’re also having some of the ice cream and fudge sauce… if there’s any left after the children have got there first.
Do you celebrate any special international events in your home? How do you do this?