A weekend in France

Brits and Europeans are so lucky. The opportunity to simply ‘pop over’ to another country for a few days is a luxury Western Australians will never experience – one of the pitfalls of living in the world’s most isolated capital city (Perth). A girl can still dream though. As they say, “If the mountain will not come to Mohammed…”

A few weeks ago, we enjoyed a taste (albeit brief) of cooler autumn temperatures amidst our seemingly endless summer – it even rained for the first time in 150 days or so (fancy that)! It was the perfect opportunity to dust off the casserole dishes that had been relegated to the back of the cupboard – forgotten – for 6-7 months, and revisit equally-neglected recipes that called for hours of slow cooking.

Enter my trusty French cookbook, which I picked up for under ten dollars through one of those Social Book Clubs at work several years back. It didn’t take long to decide the weekend’s menu – I’ve always wanted to try making a Bourguignon, so all that was left to do was choose a chicken dish that looked tasty (and not terribly complicated). Spotting a classic mix of thyme, tarragon and white wine, I instantly settled on Chicken Chasseur.

As hard as it was to bid farewell to all that wine (it was for a good cause, after all), I took great pleasure in preparing the marinade for the Bourguignon – right down to making my own bouquet garni – while the Chasseur simmered away. And the warm, delicious scents wafting through the house on Sunday afternoon while the wine-soaked beef cooked were to die for! Comfort food, indeed.

While it’s not quite the same as enjoying a weekend in Bordeaux, or a Provencial mini-break, it’s nice to know I can still enjoy cuisine française…without the need to travel for 20 hours!

Bon appetit!

7 thoughts on “A weekend in France

  1. Caitlin says:

    I love how you’ve captured all that warmth and comfort you wrote about in the photographs. You certainly are very talented!


  2. Oh, you are so right…us Europeans are very lucky to be able to swap countries for a weekend or so at a moments notice.
    One of my greatest culinary pleasures is cooking classic French dishes in France itself. Blanquette de veau, Coq au vin, Quenelles de brochette, Cassoulet de Carcassonne…I’m getting all misty eyed at the thought, not to mention the wine!
    Keep up the good work.
    How about news of food in Oz?


    • Hi Dookes! Thanks for the lovely feedback. It is actually up the top of my to-do list to experience a cooking vacation in France, similar to the one I enjoyed in Tuscany the year before last. Not sure when it will happen, but one day, definitely!

      Also…challenge accepted! I’ve written a little something about a meal I enjoyed just this weekend gone (https://foodtouristconfessions.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/summer-lovin/)…thanks for the prompt – it’s just what I needed 🙂

      PS It’s actually difficult to pinpoint ‘typical’ Aussiefare due to the melting pot of various cultures that influence our cooking and restaurants over here (which is a wonderful thing) – ask any Australian what their favourite food is, and I’m sure you’ll get a different answer each time.

      Thanks again!


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