The good, the bad, and the weird or our 'petite vacance'…..and some photos. Comments may or may not have any actual relationship to the photos near them.
The most inconvenient thing about staying in country house hotels is one rarely has a 'stand-up' shower. I'm American. I like showers. I hate kneeling in a bathtub to wash my hair.
The most fun thing at the market were candles made from salt crystals. They looked like big pink quartz crystals and were partially hollowed out for tea lights (or as they call them here, night lights)
The most awesome thing was the cathedral. Too bad inside photos of big dark buildings are so challenging!
The strangest thing to my (American) eyes were the Christmas trees. This is how they look, It's not dead or denuded. It's a fresh tree and they are all the same. Every year. Every country I've seen Christmas trees in. Easy to decorate!
The strangest food we ate was a starter (first course): the egg whites had been cooked in small timbales so they were perfect little circles about 1 1/2" (4cm) high. Nestled on top were the yolks which had been breaded and deep-fried. They were perfect little balls with still runny centers. How'd they do that?
It was good – a bit of salad, some cured beef, a slice of seared foie gras and a piece of toasted brioche accompanied the eggs.
The best deal we had was, after perusing the menu in the dining room of our hotel, and noting that the typical entrée (first course) was around 18 euro, the viande (meat) course around 24, the fromage (cheese) 10 and dessert (you can figure that one out) was 12 we were told that we could have all 4 courses for 44 euro total. That included an amuse bouche and a pre-dessert.
Sometimes we just scratch our heads and say okay!
I really hate French pillows. For those who aren't familiar they are long and round, like a bolster, and one per bed. I don't want to share my pillow.
Fortunately, they're are usually 'normal' pillows available.
In my humble opinion the consumption of pan-seared foie gras on a bed of spinach constitutes a healthy first course! So I did it twice. I would have done it 3 times but we had to leave….
The worst thing about the trip was that mon mari was suffering from a cold. He was a good lad and suffered in silence. I was duly appreciative.
The very worst thing was that he gave it to me when we got home!
The very best thing was that all of the walking (castle tours, markets, shopping) apparently offset all of the food!
Still 10 days to go to purge your closet/pantry of skeletons. Remember, confession is good for the soul. It can, but doesn't have to, be an actual recipe. It could just be the description of the, um, food or a story of the, um, event; holiday related or not….
Really, any dirty little secret you feel like sharing! You have until Christmas to post – the round-up will be just before Dec. 31. The usual rules: post, link to me, send me an e-mail with permalink. Click for details!
Come on, tell! Share the pain…you'll feel better! And so will we!
Okay, I have one more for you: I like gravy.
The kind made with meat drippings, fat and flour. Sauces are nice; gravy is better.
I like it on almost everything. When I was a child, I poured it over everything on my plate.
My favorite snack when I worked in a restaurant in college was a big bowl with a small scoop of mashed potatoes, then filled to the brim with gravy.
I like bread (white) and gravy. I like it for breakfast.
The real reason I make a turkey at Christmas is not for the leftover sandwiches; or the carcass for the soup; it's for the gravy. Sage dressing? Only a vehicle for eating gravy….
I think you get the idea.