Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A French Picnic for Early Summer


There is nothing more fun than a picnic on the beach. I found this great article
at Saveur.com on how the no one understands the concept of a picnic better than the French. I don't particularly agree but the article inspired me and got me thinking about how much I 
wanted to have a picnic at the beach. After all.... it's on my
 Summer to do list. 



A French Picnic for Early Summer 

Perhaps no one understands the concept of le pique-nique better than the French. It can be as simple or elaborate as you like — a crunchy baguette, good cheese, good friends, and a bottle of wine is all you need to watch the afternoon shadows elongate over the banks of the Seine in the summer. But no matter where you are this June, you can capture a bit of Parisian joie de vivre in a basket with our favorite traditional French picnic dishes. Perfect for sharing among four, this seasonal menu can be cooked a day or two in advance, chilled, and easily transported to the nearest or most far-flung patch of early summer grass. Spread out a colorful blanket, pour enough chilled rosé for everyone, and pass the paté!

Menu:

A loaf of fresh French bread
Duck paté
Cornichon pickles
Dijon mustard, such as Maille
A selection of French cheeses
Aioli with young vegetables
Ratatouille
Punitions (French shortbread cookies)
Fresh strawberries






1 comment:

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