Memories of France
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Yesterday was Bastille Day. I did not celebrate by trying to replicate the French flag on my platter. It doesn't work as well as the Mexican flag. Blue, white, and red doesn't make it as there are few blue foods and none that I especially like.
So I settled down in front of the tv with a breakfast melon, toast, and Neufchatel cheese. I know, I know, "don't eat in front of the television" but there are times... And the Tour de France is one of those times. I was especially pleased with yesterday's stage (13) as it covered territory that brought up lots of pleasant memories, though I covered the route going in the opposite direction a very long time ago.
And I didn't do it on a bicycle.
In those days (1980s) I had a basic car. an orange Opal.
I watch this event for the scenery and the memories, I really don't know much about cycling races.
Often, when on a trip, I will pick one meal and try to have the same thing at that meal every day. Sounds boring? But if you are eating at a different place each day you discover an marvelous variety of that one dish. On a trip in Mexico I had huevos rancheros every day--never prepared quite the same. In Tuscany it was gnocchi for lunch for a week--always different, always delicious.
In the south of France that year it was salad nicoise for lunch every day. Well, almost every day. There was that one day when things got out of hand (read "I got lost") and we were no where near a place to eat at lunch time and the kids got hungry. So we made a roadside stop and got into the emergency peanut butter supply and the left over baguette from breakfast.
Anyway, on the other days, I had some great salads. The kids weren't to keen on salad, they tended to order crepes.
Ummmm salad nicoise, must get the ingredients, it makes a great summer meal. Dare I get anchovies? Sooo salty, but without the anchovies is it really salad nicoise? Maybe just a few for flavor.