|A little wine & bread with most meals!|
|Fresh cheese, radishes & tomatoes with a vinegarette|
Another challenge I have had since moving here is what to cook...Now I'm a pretty diverse cook but we all have our staples - foods we love to make, dishes that work for a family, favorite recipes..etc.. Well, I think one of the first things I noticed here was there were certain ingredients that I couldn't find here...or certain foods that were not always available at the store. In other words, I needed to re-vamp, re-do and re-create our menus around foods here.
I'll start first with a list of some items that are difficult to find here:
Whole large turkey
cranberries (fresh & canned)
Fresh dairy milk
Large ham (can find smaller cuts) but think Easter dinner here
Mozzarella cheese sticks
This list is not exhaustive..it's just the things right now that I can come up with..
Now to be fair, there are items here that I've come to love that are not found in the States too easily or are very expensive:
Creme Fraiche (like sour cream but so much better)
Fromage blanc (soft yogurt cheese - ideal for dips, or can be sweeten and mixed with fruit for dessert)
Veloute (another natural yogurt - creamy and thinner than fromage blanc)
Lots of local assortment of cheeses - many kinds to choose made from goat and cow's milk
Sauccison seche (dried salami - smaller than deli salami in US - very tasty)
Hearts of Palm (exactly what is described - cooked & canned - similar to artichoke heart in concept)
Many different regional Pates -
Limonade (French equivalent of Sprite or 7-up - not as sweet & sugary)
Grenadine syrup (mixed with water or limonade for a special kid's drink)
Rabbit (in addition to other interesting game)
Chocolatines (croissants filled with chocolate - kid's snack)
Madelines (soft cake biscuit - small)
Again, that list is probably not everything..but definitely a different emphasis here. When I first walked into a grocery store here - I was amazed at the selection of yogurts - all different kinds, different textures (softer, firmer etc), with fruit, without fruit, different brands - Each store has a long aisle or more of just yogurts! There is definitely less processed food here and more fresh foods!
|Smoked salmon & shrimp salad|
|Of course, Quiche|
I've learned to cook differently, try new recipes and of course adjust to an oven that is in Celsius degrees! All I can say here is thank goodness for the Internet the French cooking sites!
|Magret du canard avec pomme de terre (Duck & potatoes)|
|Lapin avec riz et petit pois - Rabbit with rice & peas|