Sunday, July 15, 2012

Inspiration from Food

For those who have read the previous post or two about my dad, his burn accident and his trek to Philmont Scout Ranch, I have no news. Being true-blue scouts means you don't check in with mommy along the way, I guess. They should be about half way, having already done their highest peak in the southern part of the ranch. Since they'll only contact us if something goes wrong, no news is good news. I'm looking forward to his inspirational story on his return!

This post is technically not on time. This week, we had special friends here from Paris and I was inspired with food local to our department of Dordogne. There were leftovers, so here's some for you...

Saucisson de canard - Start with dried duck sausage!

Rilettes/paté de canard - Little pieces of duck meat and fat in a paté are perfect for a picnic.

Fromage de chevre du Pizou - Goat cheese from a nearby farm - so creamy!

Cepes mushrooms must be hunted in the forest. We put some steaks on the barbecue, then sautéed these beauties with garlic and parsley, to a side of red peppers and steamed green beans.

Roasted chickens at the Wednesday market make for a beautiful simple meal...secret of French cooking? Butter. And butter.  And quality products. With butter.
Of course, a Bordeaux from the Bergerac region is a must. I tasted this 2009 at the market from the owner. I went back and got a rosé/pink wine too!


  1. We also have dried sausage in South Africa, but we use beef, venison and mutton in ours. :-)

    1. Neat! I almost got one that's made from "sanglier" or local wild pig/boars!