French Friday

Vegetarian Foie Gras (Paté)

The traditional Foie Gras is a highly prized delicacy in French cuisine, being made from specially fattened duck or goose livers. Here we have a vegetarian version which has similar great flavours.

Rosemary and Lemon French Sabels

These butter cookies are found in all supermarkets in France. They are actually a specialty of the Brittany region in Northern France. This region is famous for its excessive use of butter in its cooking, particularly salted butter. One thing the French don’t do, is to skimp on their use of butter, and they also take pride in the premium quality of the butter they use.

Salmon Terrine

In France, a Salmon terrine is an elegant starter for a dinner. Also ideal as an hors d’oeuvre when entertaining. A terrine usually has a coarser texture than a pate therefore can also be eaten as an entrée.

Thyme and Tarragon Apple Slice

France has about fifty varieties of apples grown throughout its various regions. It produces two million tonnes of apples per year, of which fifty percent are exported; so the remainder are used locally in a variety of ways. The French use apples to create delectable desserts, and the recipe I share with you today has an unusual combination of ingredients, which a number of other European countries also use when baking apples.

This slice consists of three layers so give yourself time to prepare it.

Onion and Blue Cheese Au Gratin

“Au gratin” is just a fancy French way of saying that something is covered with bread crumbs or cheese, or a combination of both.
Some of the traditional dishes when travelling through the French Alps in cold weather, are casseroles of onions, potatoes, bacon, cheese and cream. Here we have a simple, onion with blue vein cheese dish, which is very tasty, and for those who enjoy blue cheeses, this has a bite which only a blue vein cheese has.

Galette de Rois

Galette des Rois has a traditional story to it. You will find these in every bakery in France. It is a French cake eaten to celebrate the holiday of the Epiphany, which is the day of January 6th, when the three wise men visited baby Jesus. As a French tradition, a small china bean or trinket is hidden in the cake. Only one cake of the batch has the lucky charm in it, so the person who has the hidden lucky charm is Queen or King for the day.

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