Sunday, May 17, 2009

I think I am in Love...with French Cuisine... husband recently has read a few books on a family that moved to Provence, France to fix up a farm house aand live there.

The books follow their adventures through fixing up a very old farm house, to discovering the French country side and learning about the people and culture of the area..,

So my husband decided that he'd try cooking some French dishes.

The first dish we tried last week, was a French Potato Gratin using roma tomatoes, goat cheese, black olives and onion..oh my goodness! A hearty meal in and of itself! The flavors melded so very well together.

Then this evening still wanting a taste of French cuisine, my husband and daughter headed off to the store to gather the ingredients for a French Stew..oh my gracious sakes alive! I think I could get used to this...

My daughter prepared this dish while I roasted garlic and red potatoes that had been tossed in a little olive oil, and then we topped slices of oven toasted french bread with the roasted garlic spread onto the bread. The stew was then served over the roasted potatoes.

The stew was made using a red wine, bacon, and some spices and left to simmer for 2 hours.

My husband has said that the stew is now our "secret" potluck/special gathering recipe ..ha.

I was going to share it here but he was like.." can't..that's going to be our secret Family recipe now"...haha.

But suffice it to say that for a while this evening I could picture myself in some little farm house in the French countryside as I savored every delightful bite of what has now become a "secret" family recipe.

~The Garden Goose~


madrekarin said...

I love French food. It's so earthy and satisfying. Sad your hubs is wanting to keep the stew recipe secret. Doesn't he know we bloggers are a sharing kind of people? lol

Betty said...

Ooh, how wonderful your potato dish and your stew sound! French food isn't the foo-foo food you would expect. I think the 'country folk' have some wonderful ideas! Glad you are enjoying your 'Taste of France'.

Patsy said...

Were the books the "Bonjour Provence" series? I have the vcr tapes of the book and they are delightful.

Ruth said...

Tina~that sounds wonderful. Can you share the title of the books. I would love to read them.