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!
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!
I’ve always been a snacker; I just can’t go without eating between meals. If I don’t snack, I become major grumps and feel physically bad as well. Not too long ago, the doc justified my needing-to-eat-as-soon-as-I’m-hungry when he expressed his concern over my low blood sugar. When I gave examples of my go-to snacks, he kindly pointed out that I was partaking in too much carbs and not enough fats or protein. Not only is this not good for anyone, but for someone with low-blood sugar, it’s a recipe for major crash and burn energy levels.
So recently I went to Fran, who is a pro at healthy living and is also the ultimate vegeater, and she provided me with a list of ten healthy snacks, all with a good balance of carbs, protein, and fats. Yesterday I went to the grocery store and stocked up on all of the ingredients I would need. I ALWAYS have a snack between every meal, so I was absolutely frilled to have so many options.
Fran suggested that I prepare my snacks in small containers in advance. I’m often in a hurry and running out the door to class when I grab my snacks. Prepping snacks in advance help ensure that I’m not tempted to give in to more convenient, but less healthy snacking.
There was no way I couldn’t share with the rest of our youfrillme friends, so here you go! Also, just fyi, I will use the gluten-free version of multiple food items on this list.
Each of these snacks have a good balance of carbohydrates, fat, and protein. I can just feel my body thanking me for being so good to it!
In some ways she makes me think of myself a few years back: a Southern gal who got married and moved far away from home, let a new place change and shape and infuse her, and who reinvented parts of herself from her diet up. She has inspired me to get some almond flour and start experimenting!
This week I started reading a book set in Sevilla, in Spain; and it reminded me of the beautiful Flamenco dancing we saw in Granada, in the caves of Sacromonte. Live Flamenco is gorgeously emotional, passionate, graceful, fierce, and FRILLING. Here’s a vid of Flamenco in La Cueva Venta El Gallo in Granada:
And here are some things I came across this week:
Swiss Chard: The beauty and the benefits. mmm. eat it up.
Some folks are calling for a boycott of Urban Outfitters, who seem to be ripping off designs from small indie designers. Have you heard about this? It seems to have started quite a maelstrom. (I learned about it via poppytalk.)
Check out her astonishingly FRILLING collection of maternity-(and-beyond)-friendly maxi dresses. Totally hot.
Bright is big.
These are so delicious. I cannot stop eating them. Habanero Ranch flavor. Too bad their site sucks. I guess I’m going to have to learn how to make them now (like I did my kombucha. which I’m on the third batch of. and which is awesome.).
Liz loves her red lipstick. And her scarf-as-turban.
I like seeing stylish mamas also.
Ya know, not every day feels pretty. Some days, it takes a conscious decision to find the pretty. Some days, it’s just HARD. On not-so-pretty days it’s very important to work extra hard at cheering yourself up. After all, there’s bound to be SOMETHING pretty about not-so-pretty days. Even if it’s a tiny thing. Even if it’s hard to find.
I had one of those days today so on I went to the supermarket. I needed to console myself, and I decided a specialty cheese would do the trick. What an occasion! I picked a Havarti with Jalapeños. What a treat!
Look at all the fun ways to use cheese in ONE meal:
Cubes of cheese and olives provided a very hungry Husband with a before dinner treat.
Havarti Cheese melts so perfectly and tastes delicious on Ciabatta bread.
Crumble your cheese on top of a lovely salad. Use Zea’s Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette dressing. It’s the best. EVER.
Top your tomato soup with a thin slice, too. Laugh when your husband begins dropping cubes from the olive assortment into his.
I found the pretty in my not-so-pretty day. Now I just hope I can poop tomorrow! (I figure since it’s my blog, I can say “poop” if I want.)