A French Occasion


Recently my friend Lauren, who just so happens to be engaged to a Frenchman (so romantic!), came to visit me, and we spent an entire day cooking some traditional French dishes. It was so FRILLING that I simply had to share! 

For lunch: Salad Lyonnaise

 This is a classic French salad made up of frisee greens (we had to substitute for another green), bacon, a poached egg, and mustard vinaigrette.  Try this recipe if you are interested. I loved it because it tasted wonderful, was filling, and there are essentially no simple sugars involved!

The Wine

We also had our own miniature wine tasting. Only three of the five wines pictured here are actually French because the local grocery store didn’t have a whole lot of French options. However, they were all delicious!


Before dinner, we had an Aperitif, which is a French tradition of snacking before the actual meal. Our Aperitif included a mixture of olives and cheeses, tomatoes and rice crackers. We paired it with a French red wine and red wine blend. I could get used to this custom!

For Dinner: Poelee de Saint-Jacques et gambas

YUM! This shrimp dinner was absolutely FRILLING. We served it with Jasmine rice and a white wine. We also added Tony’s cause we’re both from Louisiana, and we just couldn’t help ourselves! Get the recipe here.

For Dessert: Mousse Au Chocolat 

For dessert, we made Julia Child’s chocolate mousse, and it was TO DIE FOR. Seriously, I ate it for breakfast AND lunch the next day. And the day after that, I rushed home from school, left all of my things in the car, and ate the last of it straight out of the dish. Seriously – SO GOOD. 

All in all, we had a wonderful night together making some great traditional French dishes and enjoying each other’s company. We decided that French people are able to eat such rich, delicious foods so often because the food isn’t the focus, but rather, it’s about the people you share it with. LOVE. 

Here’s to hoping your Saturday is filled with delicious food and delicious people!

- A

January 21, 2012 4:55 PM | Comments | Categories: Food | Tags: , ,

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fran & aurelia

Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

Aurelia likes baking, fashion, hosting lovely dinner parties, and laughing at clever and witty things.