Paris in July - Bienvenue chez nous pour un dîner français
Time for my French dinner during Paris in July. We had invited good friends, one couple, to this special evening. Well, as we all know we are still in the grip of a pandemic and they had recently had covid. Although they had recovered, they were still not feeling well and had to cancel. That left Martin and me all on our own. I had prepared a menu de dégustation with some nice wines to go with it (menu below). It turned out to be a very long French dinner, probably like they do it in France. We started slowly at around 3 pm and ended some time in the late evening. I cooked as the menu went ahead so very relaxing.
With such a menu I needed a little bit of help with the serving. Let me present Arnaud!
To start with an amuse bouche: Chèvre Chaud With Pumpkin Seeds followed by a Crème Ninon soup. To this I served champagne. Both dishes were excellent. I have done the soup before but not the chèvre chaud. Apart from the soup, the other dishes were all new to me.
The third dish was a shallot cake with roe (I found a French translation of oeufs de corégone for roe? If somebody knows how to translate it, or if it is correct, please let me know). It did not taste so very much so no reason to redo it for another dinner. With this we drank a Pinot Gris from Alsace. Beautiful wines from this area.
The Bouillabaisse was very good. First time I tried a French recipe. I usually do a similar kind of fish soup which I think is much nicer, but this one was fine enough. We drank a Muscadet Sévre et Main Sur Lie with the soup. Excellent wine that went very well with the soup.
First time I made a Bavaroise. It is similar to a panna cotta, but I think I would go for the panna cotta next time.