Julia Child French Favourites Blog
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Inspired Quote: “Try to reason about love and you will lose your reason.” ~ French Love Proverb
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Travelogue: My Love Affair
When: Springtime 1986
Mood: Open to meeting ‘the one’
I thought the headline might grab you…
When I lived in Paris, I discovered that France, without a doubt, is truly is ‘the’ country of love and romance. I went on to fall in love, no, not with a man…with Salade Nicoise (that’s how you know that I’m truly a foodie)!
Springtime of love…ahhh
Here’s my quick story and how my love affair began (I admit, I am in love with this salad, I’d never keep that from you). The first time I took a bite, I was hooked (you know how it is). I was in Nice back in 1986, having taken a short weekend escape from my nanny duties in Paris (working for a film actress can be very demanding). I thought that the Parisian salads that I was introduced to in Paris were amazing…that is, until I was introduced to Salade Nicoise when my love affair began. It was May, springtime, the best time for a salad as seasonal produce is oh, so fresh and at its peak (especially in the south of France). So…I’m sure that you can understand how my love affair began…springtime, south of France…what could be more romantic? My friend and I sat at an outdoor restaurant and I brazenly ordered a salad that I could barely pronounce. It arrived at the table; I took a bite and LOVED IT right then and there, on the spot! The crunch, the freshness, the zing, the flavours co-mingled all together to create a delicious medley of tastes in my mouth. PURE LOVE. My Mom will also be happy to know that this salad is nutritious too, it has absolutely every food group covered and includes love! When I ordered, I had no idea that this salad is a traditional salad originating from Nice…I was right there at its birthplace and at the perfect time of year…who knew?! That’s serendipity for you. I got much more than I bargained for – a salad that was delicious, refreshing, with ingredients right from the farmers field! It was a taste of pure sunshine on my plate. Check out this recipe – Julia Child has a beautiful, artful way of creating this work-of-art on a plate, I hope that you enjoy this salad as much as I did when I fell in love. I don’t think I’ll ever find another salad to love so much…maybe there ‘is’ just one salad to love in the world!! Bon Appetit! Food nurtures your soul.
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PS Love your food, what comes from the heart touches the heart!