Bonjour mes amis! I can’t believe it is already a week into June. Summer has officially begun and I am lucky enough to welcome this blissful season from the French countryside in a charming town called Caylus in southwest France. I am currently writing this post in a daybed, listening to the comforting patter of raindrops on my skylight window with a glass of white wine on my bedside table. Ah country living… can’t say I miss that Austin traffic right now…
All of this sounds like a dream right? I keep waiting for someone to pinch me and wake me up, but so far it just keeps on going… and I’m not complaining. The best part of this dream? The food of course. How Europeans stay so fit with the abundance of bread, cheese, and wine surrounding them is beyond me… I swear if I stayed here much longer I would have to be rolled back to America!
I have been spoiled with delicious home-cooked meals for the majority of my stay, and I just had to share some of the amazing dishes we have had:
Smoked salmon with slow-cooked farm eggs– the perfect country brunch.
Spicy chorizo pizza from Saint Antonin (a nearby town that looks like it came straight from The Sound of Music), heirloom tomato salad, beet salad, and the best eggplant salad I have ever had… Recipe pictured below:
*Note: Aubergines means “eggplant” in French.
Cèpes mushroom omelette with frites and a green salad. This was my first time having cèpes (one of the most decadent and meaty mushrooms I have ever tasted). I will be on the hunt for them back in America.
Lardon (i.e. bacon) salad with hard boiled eggs and tomatoes. Got to get your greens somehow right?
I can’t wait to go back home and incorporate some of these items into my everyday cooking. Although I won’t have a beautiful garden to enjoy them in, these dishes will always be a reminder of my time in the French countryside.
Here’s a little grocery list of a few essentials if you want to “eat like a Frenchman”:
- Dried sausage
- Organic tomatoes and mozzarella
- Smoked salmon
- Creme fraiche
- Leffe beer (although this is a Belgium beer, it is a staple of almost every French bar and restaurant)
- Cèpes mushrooms
- Fresh baguettes
- Stinkiest cheeses you can find (seriously)