Pickled vegetables are traditionally served on appetizer platters in France, so zucchini and cucumber are very popular on those platters.
Portobello mushrooms are versatile because of their size. They have a "meaty" texture and can be substituted for other proteins.
In France they are grown in huge galleries in underground mushroom farms, stacked in specially designed rooms with controlled temperature and humidity.
Here we have shop-brought waffle baskets filled with a French style mousse and topped with fruit which is season.
When watermelons are in season and you’re wondering how else can this beautiful fruit be prepared, here is another way of presenting a very satisfying dessert.
A light refreshing dessert which is best made the night before serving.
Although Risotto is traditionally known as an Italian dish, the French make some very flavoursome Risotto dishes which showcase their variety of mushrooms. They grow numerous varieties of mushrooms.
Button mushrooms are a specialty of the Loire Valley, where 50% of the country’s mushrooms are grown in underground galleries. Caves, where conditions for growing mushrooms are ideal. Some of these mushrooms are grown 50 metres underground, spread over 120 kms of galleries, and 7 floors, at a temperature of 13 degrees.
For this recipe I just used what was available in the local supermarket and the end result was still scrumptious. I used field mushrooms as well as the regular button mushrooms available on the day.
Seasonal fruits are used widely in French bakeries . Walnuts, along with apples and figs are often used in tarts and cakes because they grow throughout the French country side without too much care taken. Figs can grow between the cracks in pavements and from cracks in rock ledges ; the weather is just what the figs need to produce beautiful sweet fruit.