|Photo courtesy of user Bernard Blanc on flickr.|
Area: Over 550,000 sq km (main part); 43rd largest in the world
Slightly less than the size of Texas
Population: Over 65.5 million; 21st highest in the world
Nuclear Electricity: 53% of total install capacity; 1st in the world
Kevin's favorite link about France: The Complete Military History of France (not for the easily offended)
Sources: CIA Factbook
This was still while we were in Virginia, so it has been a while. I apologize for any lack of detail...my memory may have gotten a little fried during all of this travel.
I knew that France would be big and important in my cooking travels. It, unfortunately, also corresponded with the craziness of getting ready to move. I wanted to do something good and cool, but not overly ambitious. We were busy trying to get our lives sorted out.
The number of dishes that you can cook for France are overwhelming. Their culinary story is rich, storied, and worthy of a lot of study. I knew that whatever choice I made, in the end it would be inadequate and someone would think I didn't choose correctly. I did some research, picked a few things, and hope for the best.
First, with some people coming over, I picked a beef burgundy recipe. I also bought everything for french onion soup and two different crepe recipes from two of my international cookbooks. I couldn't decide which one would be better.
|Beef and bacon? Starting in the right spot.|
|Carrots, onions, and garlic.|
The beef burgundy then has to simmer for a while to soak up the wine and some other ingredients added, such as tomato paste.
|I highly recommend this stuff. You don't need to take out only a tablespoon and the throw away the rest of the can anymore!|
When Kevin was in Paris he said he got a crepe every day, so he dictated the fillings. Nutella, strawberries, bananas, and powdered sugar.
The crepes, however, were amazing. They came out of The Best Recipes in the World by Mark Bittman. If you want a great crepe recipe, go there. Since you do the batter ahead of time, it really helps the cooking by more quickly. In fact, when Kevin's parents visited a little while later, we made them again.
But I wasn't done yet, I still had another dish to cook. France still had more to say.
Next time: France, Again