A Taste of Garlic

Girl et Galette - Brittany

brittany  Girl et Galette   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceGirl et Galette is Caely’s blog and Caely is lucky (sensible) enough to live in gorgeous Brittany which, as everyone knows, is by far the finest part of France.

Caely says of herself… “I’m an American elementary school teacher living in the capital of Brittany, France. Original, I know: an ex-pat francophile who moves to France and falls head-over-heels in love with the food, the culture, the life stye, or in other words, la joie de vivre.

This blog follows me in my attempts to blow all of the glorious kickbacks I receive from the French government for being poor (ah, socialism, I love it!) in my pursuit to taste everything Brittany has to offer. If you had access to these farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, meats and butters, you’d be blowing your money too! And don’t even get me started on the pastries, the honey, the wine and champagne…I could go on forever, and apparently I do considering that I felt the need to blog about it all.

So, enjoy! Et bon appétit!”

So, Caely appears to be a bit of a foodie, then?

Sounds like my kind of blogger!

And Girl et Galette sounds like my kind of blog!




The Vegetarian Bits (don’t worry, this bit is very short!)

The blog starts on November 3rd 2010 with the eponymous Girl et Galette in which Caely describes her cultural experiences in France as Food Porn and finishes by telling us to….. “enjoy your galette as any self-respecting Breton would: with a bolée du cidre!”

Oh yes! Definitely my sort of blog!

Caely almost lost me by daring to mention the dreaded D Word in her next post Vegetarian, French Style (and if that’s not an oxymoron, I don’t know what is?)

Luckily she redeems herself by saying… “In general, the French aren’t big on vegetarianism (and neither am I: I love seafood too damn much). They love their meat, and their philosophy is waste not, want not. They eat the brains, the tongue, the feet, the blood.”

And then Caely goes on to enjoy a Pizza at La Casa Pépé with some friends…

Although, for the sake of correctness, i ought to mention that Caely’s Pizza didn’t contain any brains, tongue, feet or blood!

Obviously, Pizza is not a native Breton dish!

The Garlic Bits!

However, plenty of meat in the next post; which was Boeuf Bourguignon a la Julia Child.

And Caely does the decent thing and “adds 2 more cloves of garlic than the recipe called for.”

Quite right too!

Many people, in my humble opinion, don’t understand the healing and aphrodisiacal (is that a word? My dictionary seems to think not?) powers of a bit of garlic!

Personally I never leave the house without shoving an extra couple of cloves down my Y-Fronts – and just look at me!

More food and a recipe in Chicken Saltim-Sort-Of.

And THREE cloves of garlic this time!

Sadly, no garlic in Kouign-amann and, I have to say, that was a slight error on the part of the baker who invented that lovely cake!

And the blog’s first month ends with Thanksgiving, Franglish-style where 10 friends come round for dinner.

This, incidentally, is the post where one (lucky) man gets to sleep with 5 pretty American girls (there’s even a photo!)

And I only mention that so that exactly the wrong sort of person discovers this blog thanks to the power of Google!

The “My Goodness, she likes mushrooms” bits….

Caely likes mushrooms and, in Pizza Adventures, she does the decent thing and cooks a Mushroom Pizza!

And she says… “My favorite pizza has always been mushroom pizza, and as the markets here have beautiful wild mushrooms right now, it wasn’t difficult deciding what flavor pizza I would be making. I spent a small fortune on the mushrooms, but it was so worth it…”

And here I have to say that Mushroom Pizza is my favourite pizza of all time…..

After brains, tongue, feet and boudin noir pizzas, that is!

And then, Caely excels herself by cooking The Addict’s Mushroom Lasagne.

The well explained recipe (which, just in case you were wondering, contains two cloves of garlic) contains phrases such as… “that extra beautiful, brown, bubbly deliciousness” which I always feel are the cornerstone of all successful recipes!

The Seafood Bits….

Now, and not a lot of people know this, I spent most of my childhood holidays in the wonderful seaside town of Cancale.

It’s very much a seafood foodie’s Mecca and it was no surprise that Caely ends up visiting it in Cancale (aka “The Seafood Tower.”)

And what, I hear you ask, is a seafood tower?

Well, this is!

Or, as I prefer to call it….

A little amuse bouche before getting down to the serious business of….

Moules-frites and friends!

Caely says of the low cost and the high quality of mussels… “Oh France, whatever will I eat if I ever have to leave you!?”

To which I can only reply… “Just don’t leave France, Caely! Unless, you want to starve?”

When in Rennes…

When in Rennes… there’s really only one thing to do….

And that’s to have a good look round at Parc des Gayeulles, of which Caely says…. “It provides constant entertainment in the form of hungry goats perusing lines of onlookers for food, random Scottish men bagpiping and small French children abusing the exercise equipment that lines the running paths.”

And what more could you want from a park?

I should warn anyone on a diet that this is a Three Recipe Post with a whole Four Cloves of Garlic going into the Rice and Tuna Gratin [Gratin de Riz au Thon]!

So, don’t blame me if you can’t fit into your jeans after you’ve read it!

Of course, you could work off a bit of that extra weight by taking a Brittany Road Trip?

And no recipes in this post to tempt you into wanton gluttony (my favourite sin!)

Just lots of lovely photos that are so inspiring that they made me want to pack my bags and move to Briitany!

Until Mrs A Taste of Garlic told me not to be so stupid and reminded me that I actually did that eight years ago!

The odd bits that don’t really fit anywhere else….

I suppose the oddest bit of all is that Caely and I have actually met!

Mrs A Taste of Garlic and I joined Caely and the lovely Emma (http://emmabverrill.blogspot.com)at what has to be the best kept culinary secret foodie hideout, the Apple Pie for a lovely lunch cooked by the amazing Lisa.

Caely says of the place…. “I know, I’m a grandma trapped in a 24 year-old body.”

Which is rather a strange thing to say but….

I’ve often thought that I am a twelve year old trapped in a grandpa’s body?

Mrs A Taste of Garlic totally disagrees with that, though….

She says I’m more like a four year old trapped in a grandpa’s body!

And speaking of Madam…

Mrs A Taste of Garlic did capture that meet up on her blog in a post called Fun with Friends at Apple Pie in Rennes!

brittany  Girl et Galette   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd took this rather stunning photo of Caely!

Which just goes to prove….

That I am allowed out in public…

Sometimes!

And, speaking of eating out in Rennes….

In Tartines are a girl’s best friend, Caely (presumably recovered from the trauma and shock of meeting me?) writers what amounts to a love letter to those toasted bread and topping delights.

She says of them… “Tartines love any marriage of cheese and fruit. I like to use brie, stilton, goat cheese, blue cheese…the list goes on. I couple the cheese with fruit in the form of either compote, jam or whole slices of apple, pear, fig etc….One of my favorites from L’Epicerie is Ambert cheese piled on top of prunes; it is so decadent and rich and sweet!”

And finally, (and partly because it contains two teaspoons of chopped garlic), I ought to mention Asian addiction which contains a wonderful recipe for homemade garlic parsley naan.

Now, doesn’t that look just good enough to eat?

Which, I suppose is the whole point of it?

So, summing up….

If you like food, you’ll love Girl et Galette!

Very well written and full of great recipes and foodie experiences, Girl et Galette is a joy to read and a pleasure to peruse!

If I were you, I’d rush down to Girl et Galette and tuck in before it’s all gone.

I mean, what’s not to like about a blog that has a motto of… “crêpes + cider + butter = happiness?”

I’ve only just scraped the crust of this blog and had just the teeniest of nibbles of all the delicacies within.

There are plenty of posts that I’ll leave you to discover on your own…

All I can say is… Bon appetite!

And me?

Well, I’m going to take a look round the Le Marché de Noël.

Who knows, I may even find one of those brains, tongue, feet and boudin noir pizzas that the Bretons are bound to invent any day soon!

All the best

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1 Comment

  • By Jacqui, June 6, 2011 @ 11:32 am

    Brilliantly funny as usual, good to have you back.

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