Thrilled with the idea of the daunting task of French cooking, I perused recipes on the internet. I finally decided on a menu of salade verde with Humboldt Fog (aged goat cheese) and walnuts in a lemon vinaigrette, estouffade provencale, a slow cooking beef stew with slices of French baguette on the side, and gateau nantais which is a rum cake from the Northwestern region of France.
All of the ingredients I had on hand except for the cheese, the baguette, the nicoise olives and fennel that go in the stew, and the rum. The salad greens and veggies were even fresh from my fall garden! So overall it wasn't too costly to prepare the meal - definitely much cheaper than a French restaurant. Maybe one day I'll get to eat at one, or even get to travel to France, but for one evening, it was fun to pretend.
The foods took time to prepare, but were divine in their assortment of flavors. It was fun to put on French music, drink wine, and enjoy several courses at dinner. The food was so rich that I was stuffed for hours afterwards, even though I had small servings.
How about you, readers? Is there any type of food that you've always wanted to try?