Four years ago we happened across this village festooned in flowers. I never knew the name of the festival and promptly forgot the name of the village. During our last class at school, one of my fellow students mentioned an upcoming festival that his dance troop was performing in. One thing led to another and all was revealed. But first…. Last week, when I posted the Pasta with Shrimp and Pesto Rosso, I neglected to identify the spinach dish that was also on the plate. It’s not summer cooking…. but it’s easy, uses foods I always have on hand and we love it.
Mock Spinach Soufflé
Total time: 40 minutes
- 8oz (240 gr) frozen spinach
- 2 eggs (you can substitute 3 egg whites)
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
- pinch of nutmeg
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Thaw spinach (use microwave, hot water or saucepan) and thoroughly squeeze out excess moisture.
- In medium bowl beat eggs well.
- Add yogurt, Parmesan and nutmeg. Mix well.
- Add spinach and mix well.
- Lightly oil a small baking dish. (I use a 7 inch square glass baking dish) Pour in spinach and bake at 400F (200C) for 30 minutes or until set.
- Remove and serve directly from baking dish.
The festival that I’m talking about is La Félibrée, an annual Occitan folk festival, celebrating the music, songs, dance and crafts of Occitan and the language of Oc. This is the 94th festival. This is the poster, in Occitan. The streets are festooned with garlands of paper flowers. We could see these, attached to the church tower, from across the river as we drove into town. We parked and started walking into the old part of town, to the festival. A woman came up to me and handed me two tickets. She explained that she and her friend had already been inside and seen the festival. She was giving us her tickets to use to get in ‘gratuite’ – for free. I wouldn’t try to sneak in without paying, but when a stranger offers…. Did I mention that the festival was in Bergerac this year?
Here’s Cyrano (you know, Cyrano de Bergerac? He was a real person…)
Where ever there was a bit of shade tables were set up and the local restaurants and food stalls were doing a brisk business. Where there was no shade, canopies were erected…. And more tables set-up. It was very crowded – and we were early! It was also hot. There were little fountains around for cooling off. The adults stuck their feet in the cool water…. and maybe splashed a bit on their arms and faces. The children weren’t quite so restrained (with the prompting of maman!) When we left, I decided to ‘pay it forward’ and offer our, now twice-used, tickets to the first person I saw. As I was explaining why I was offering these rumpled tickets, in French, of course, the person I had, er, accosted, said, in English “I’m sorry, I don’t understand…. We’re Americans.” Serendipity. Tomorrow – photos of the parade!
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