So much to say!
This past weekend, we had my husbands Grandparents in the region. They are in their eighties, and very traditionally French. So, I try to make rather traditional, sit-down meals while they are here.
Samedi midi- poulet rôti, haricôts verts, risotto aux champignons (roasted chicken, green beans, mushroom risotto)
Samedi soir- velouté aux legumes d’hiver (vélouté of winter vegetables)
Dimanche midi- entrecôte avec sauce aux bleu, frites maison (steak, blue cheese sauce, homemade fries)
Dimanche soir- crêpes maison (homemade crêpes)
And of course, every meal is started with an apéro (Champagne when the girls great-grandparents come) accompanied with various bits and bobs, and followed by a light salad, cheese, fruit and dessert, accompanied with wine. Coffee, and a small square of dark chocolate to close out the ‘lunch hour’. It can be a lot of work, but oh, so worth it. We end with a full belly, usually a lot of laughs, and having spent typically, hours, around the table.
It is one of my favorite things about France, the rituals surrounding meals. I’ve gotten a bit out of the habit of these long meals. With 3 little kids, they aren’t always easy to put together. But I’m finding my rhythm as a cook, and I hope that even as our family of five we can start enjoying more long, leisurely meals, all courses included.