It seems like I spend a lot of time cooking here at the beach. We very seldom go out to eat, there’s a market just down the road and, when it comes down to it, I like to cook. It’s a creative act. I do get in ruts and repeat recipes a lot but I love to find new recipes that are keepers. I find a lot more new things to try thanks to the internet, along with new to me drinks.
This is a French aperitif wine made in the Bordeaux region. It’s sweet with a tinge of bitterness and can be used as a mixer for cocktails but we had it on ice before dinner. I like it but I like Pineau better, probably because it’s a bit sweeter and has cognac in it. Anyway, Lillet is a fun drink to have with hors d’ouvres before dinner or, in my case, it is often just my dinner.
The covered section of our market has a boucherie which sells kebabs all made up and ready to cook. I bought these because they had the intriguing addition to the beef, which was filet mignon, of chorizo sausage and sliced dates. It was really good and I think I can make it myself if I can find some good fillet mignon. The vegetable along side is a recipe I found on the Jamie Oliver site. It’s broccoli chopped into small pieces, boiled or microwaved until texture you like-I like it soft-and then fried bacon and shallots are added along with a vinaigrette of vinegar, olive oil, garlic, and mustard. I didn’t have the white wine vinegar called for so used lemon juice and it tasted too tart so I added just a bit of sugar. It was a really good dish and different way to eat broccoli than the usual butter or cheese. Maurice wasn’t as excited about it as I was but he ate it all.