Eat and Drink

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.

The ingredients to a very good and fresh tasting tomato soup which I have posted about before.

I had to put the hollyhocks in the foreground of this photo of the fishing houses on the shore around here. They lower big nets into the water when the tide is high for fish.

A view of a storm on the way. We have had cooler temps along with wind and rain but mostly sun here on the coast.

5 thoughts to “Eat and Drink”

  1. So many snippets of information that are so interesting. I want your tomato soup recipe. How can I have missed it? I make a good tomato soup but it involves canned ingredients, so I would like to avoid that. I’ll be on the look out for Lillet and love that storm rolling in. Want to play along with Dreaming of France today? Here’s my Dreaming of France meme

    1. Summer Tomato Soup (Soupe de Tomates Fraiches)

      1 Tbsp olive oil
      1 large onion, chopped
      1 carrot chopped
      2 1/4 pounds ripe tomatoes, cored and quartered
      2 garlic cloves, chopped
      5 thyme sprigs or 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
      1/4 tsp dried marjoram
      1 bay leaf
      3 Tbsp sour cream if serving hot

      Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and carrot and cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, until just softened, stirring occasionally. Be sure not to brown. (I usually cook a little longer just because the carrot always seems to take a while to soften.)

      Add the tomatoes, garlic and herbs. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered for 30 minutes. (I usually cook it about an hour until it is all mushy and soft.)

      The quartered tomatoes from my very own garden.

      I used this little package of thyme and bay leaves to season it. Attention! Be sure and remove all of the bay leaf–people can choke on it as it doesn’t soften.

      How it looks after it has cooked.

      Pass the soup through a food mill into the pan. (I use my hand blender.) Stir in sour cream if serving heated. Garnish with cream or a sprinkle of something green-I used chopped parsely.

  2. Those kebabs look great, it would work well with lamb (which I prefer to beef) too I think. I bought some Lillet recently- it’s not particularly available in Australia- but I haven’t got to trying any yet.

  3. I’ve just had some time tonight playing catch up with my Paris blogs…and what a delight it is to find you.

    I love the food and your oh so French scenes and I particularly love the gardens and the hollyhocks – gorgeous 🙂

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