A Taste of Garlic

Barbra Austin - Paris

paris  Barbra Austin   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThere are three good reasons why I decided to review Barbra Austin‘s blog today.

The first is that she, like me, blogs to say when she hasn’t blogged!

Now I know that that doesn’t really make much sense but, you’ll have to excuse me as it is rather hot here in Brittany and we’re really not used to the heat and it hasn’t rained for almost two weeks (and we’re certainly not used to that!) and my Long Johns are sticking to my nether regions and I’m a bit scared to take them off as I’m not too sure what I’ll find underneath!

But, enough of my problems. I was talking about how Barbra has the courtesy to blog about not blogging. Take a look at Une Petite Pause as an example of what I mean.

The second reason is that, in a self declared NSFV (Not Safe for Vegetarians) zone, she describes a visit to the Marché St. Quentin and is kind enough to display some of the photos that she took there!




Lots of photos of bits of dead animals all laid out ready to cook up and eat!

When I die, if I go to heaven (and I believe that is under discussion – I’m not sure if the outcome will be favourable or not?) I have a feeling that heaven is going to look a lot like the Marché St. Quentin.

I certainly hope, whatever it looks like, it turns out to be a NSFV (Not Safe for Vegetarians) zone!

Oh dear!  It’s looks like we’re entering the toilet humour zone….

And the third reason is that Barbra likes Prunes! As she herself asks… “So tell me, because I really don’t understand, what’s not to like about prunes?”

Well, I’m not sure?  Personally, I love Prunes (and that really should be Love spelled with a capital L!)

I like rabbit cooked in Prunes, I like Prunes in a tart and I like Prunes on their own.

I’ve never had Prune flavoured ice cream but, one day I surely will and, no doubt, I’ll like that as well!

Mrs A Taste of Garlic likes it that I like Prunes.  She says they keep me regular (if you know what I mean?)

I’m not sure that I need any help in that department but, the weekly (Sunday evening, if you want to get personal about it) gallon of Prune Juice does seem to keep all systems flushed and me sat on the privvy (and out of trouble) for an hour or two every Monday morning!

And I ought to tell you that we’re right posh here at our cowshed here in rural Brittany; we’ve got two toilets, you see!

One for Mrs Taste of Garlic and one for me!

Mine’s the outside one – down the bottom of the yard and I share it with the piggies!

So, who is Barbra and what’s it all about?

Barbra, as well as liking Prunes, says this of herself… “I used to be a pastry cook, first in Colorado and then in New York where I worked for Jonathan Waxman and Gabrielle Hamilton, among others.

In Paris I lead culinary walks, am a regular contributor to Girls’ Guide to Paris, and assistant editor on the soon to be launched Paris by Mouth.”

Not a bad way to sum herself up, is it?

From a quick peek at the post about Fava Beans, I guess that Barbra sometimes misses working in a restaurant.

I’m sure she could get a job in one any day – especially with simple honest dishes such as her Tuna salad with radish and fennel!

So, is this a foodie blog or a photo blog?

Well, I suppose it’s a bit of both!

The photos are fantastic and to the point.

See An Empty Stomach to see what I mean (not that your stomach will stay empty for long once you’ve started on this blog!)

And the recipes are all a little bit out of the ordinary – I like that.  I like Stuffed Oysters too!

The restaurant reviews are honest (or, at least, they seem to be) and it’s obvious from them that Barbra enjoys her food as much as I do mine.

A typical restaurant review, as an amuse bouche perhaps, would be Game Hunting Near Montparnasse.

And just take a look at the steak served at the Bistro Paul Bert! I mean, just look at it!

Isn’t that how steak should be?  Oozing blood and almost twitching…. and so heavy that two waiters are needed to carry it to your table!

Oh, by the way, her recipe for Lemony Roast Chicken is very similar to the one I use.  We should all use a lot more lemon in our cooking; it help Pork deliver its flavour, as well!  Not a lot of people know that!

So, summing up…..

www.BarbraAustin.com is well worth a visit for anyone who likes their food.  I warn you that parts of it are rather NSFV (Not Safe for Vegetarians) but, for me, that just adds to the attraction.

There’s humour as well (take a look at Who’s your…? to see about all that!) and some lovely photographs.

I wouldn’t advise visiting the blog if you’re just about to start a major diet; I put on about 2 kilos just reviewing the thing!  But, for hungry hearts and meandering minds (did I tell you that I write poetry?  Generally during the two hours on a Monday when I’m in the outhouse and otherwise indisposed!), www.BarbraAustin.com is a creation of culinary delight; a voyage of gourmet gluttony, a feast of salivating sensuality!

Of all my many sins, Gluttony is my favourite!  Je suis Accro!

Barbra, if you ever need the services of a pork offal reviewer for your blog; well, I’m your man!

And me?  Well, I’ve seen the menu down at Chez Grenouille and I’ve decided to try it out.

“Garcon, I’ll have one of everything on the menu and two helpings of Pavé  de pied de cochon, if you don’t mind!

And, could you bring me a bucket – better make it a large one, I think!”

Looks like I might be needing those Prunes after all!

All the best

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