My visit to Ann Mah reminds me that I seem to have been spending rather a lot of time in Paris recently.
This will have to stop. I shall have to find somewhere else to visit.
It’s not that I dislike Paris (although I chose to move to rural Brittany when I left London, and rural Brittany is about as far away from Paris as Basingstoke is from the moon!), it’s more that there seem to be rather a lot of foodie bloggers in Paris and I’m really starting to worry about my waistline!
So, with that in mind, where do I find myself but at the blog of the author of Kitchen Chinese and much as I tried to resist temptation, posts such as A year in a French market:Stinky Cheeses and Paella Party just proved too much for me!
Still, mindful of my duties here at A Taste of Garlic, I manfully struggled on and devoured delicious posts such as Boeuf Bourguignon, the spend less time inside method (which involves preparing the meal over four days) and A year in a French market:Plumbing Problems and Pesto (which offered all that the title promises plus Grilled Perch as well!)
I like the A Year in a French Market series and think that Ann uses it well to describe the seasonality of the produce she uses. It has to help that markets tend to be incredibly photogenic, even Parisienne ones!
A good example would be… A year in a French market: The Idle of May where Ann debunks some French myths; the French DON’T wear berets everywhere, they DO wear deodorant (at least some of them, anyway), and (some) French women DO get fat. However, she goes on to explain that, in May certainly, they don’t work an awful lot (all those bank holidays!) For a list of bank holidays, take a look at www.FrenchPublicHolidays.com (one of my other sites.)
The article ends up, as is only fitting, with a recipe for Fried Rice.
For those who need help. A year in a French market: What’s in season? explains what can be found and when. This is prompted by a dinner party conversation (and I borrow this from Ann’s site) where an old lady says…
“When I was young, we didn’t have any green salad during the winter,” said the woman across from me, poking her fork disapprovingly at a leaf of mâche. “Only endive. For the whole winter.”
Am I the only person who thinks that A year in a French Market would make a great coffee table cook book?
An interesting article about French Frozen Food will be useful to anyone living in France and, just to prove it’s not all about food, there’s this lovely article about the Chateau de Versailles by Night.
I urge you to take a look at AnnMah.net before all the best courses are gobbled up. Just watch you waistline, is my advice!
And me, well I’m off to check out what’s happening at Spring; everyone (but everyone) seems to be talking about it!
All the best