In honor of Bastille day, as a small homage to French cuisine, here are some of my favorite French contributions to at least my little corner of the culinary world.
The apochryphal story claims that the abbot Dom Perignon proclaimed ” I am drinking the stars!”. Well, no, just a little gas, but we have to hand it to you Dom. Although there may have been sparkling wines before your time, there wasn’t this beautiful beverage we know today.
Really was there any doubt I would mention the lovely dry, crisp rose wines of Provence? Rose goes with so many things… Cheese, fish, lamb, vegetables and dessert. And as if that was not enough it’s my best color!
And then there’s foie gras. I know, I know there’s controversy…but it really is the most sublime food. Rich and buttery, totally sinful, a little goes a long way. It can be in a mousse, a pate or sliced and seared as it is here. (Best ever was in Napa at Angele restaurant)
And the eponymous baguette. Crispy on the outside, beauty on the inside. Four ingredients….just four ( water,flour,salt,yeast) . Do you know in France the price of bread is regulated by the government? And that the French consume about 23 MILLION baguettes every DAY? I can’t get my mind around that…
I could talk about cheese, but it would take me until next Bastille Day.