tastes good to moi!

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” Rumi

English food blogs in France

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Change. It can be a cause for celebration. A turning point. A jumping off point. Some other kind of point. At times it can be both necessary and painful. But having lived in 5 different countries, we’re no strangers to change. And this one (relocating to France) was as wise as it was painful. But with it comes reason to celebrate!

We have each other, and we have family. Family who as it happens, just celebrated 49 years of marriage. And guess who planned and cooked their special anniversary dinner! This gal. As evidenced by an obvious lack of posts, it goes without saying that I haven’t been doing much cooking this past year. But then I just said it, so I guess it goes with saying. I likewise haven’t been doing much writing, so this rebirth comes with some trepidation. But one must start somewhere, and thus I start here. With a dinner party.

moet champagne

The menu was simple, but extensive for someone out of practice!

There were canapés,

foie gras canape

an amuse-bouche of apple, walnuts, and goat cheese endive cups, (a gorgeous recipe!)

recipes with endive

smoked salmon with cucumber, avocado, and an Asian dressing,

smoked salmon recipes

cumin-spiced sweet potato soup with tarragon yogurt,

sweet potato recipes

un vrai trou normand (palate cleanser) with pear sorbet and Calvados,

trou normand recipe

a main course of steak au poivre, Hasselback potatoes and Greek salad,

steak au poivre

creative potato recipes hasselback

(I’ve never before worked with such high quality, aka expensive! cuts of beef before, so I was sweating bullets in front of that stove. My mother-in-law, while a fan of eating, is not a fan of cooking, and her kitchen is not the most equipped, so I had to get creative with the searing…)

how to sear a steak

I really miss my tongs.

and for dessert, my favorite recipe I came up with when living in Ecuador: layered lemon curd pots

recipes with lemon curd

how to use lemon curd

All in all, the dinner was deemed a success by the guests, and everyone was delighted with the food and the company! I was tired, but happy looking around and seeing satisfied smiles and empty dishes.

But if I’m being honest, the moment I took away from this dinner happened two days earlier, in an unimpressive grocery store in the town my husband grew up in.

We were on a mission. Get everything on the list, and stay under budget. But I was struggling. My heart just wasn’t in this menu. I was exhausted from the move, adjusting to living with my in-laws, and cooking a massive meal after being out of the game for awhile now.

I was walking around somewhat aimlessly, perked up momentarily by a sale on smoked salmon but otherwise a bit lost and not sure where to begin. My husband was being a total champ, enthusiastically nudging me to the produce section and helping me work my way down the list. As he went to get some bags for the veggies, my eyes fell on a beautiful sight. Fresh herbs. I felt that old familiar feeling of excitement. I was starting to feel inspired again. Mathias (my man) came over with a big smile on his face. And he wasn’t the only one to notice my delight. A very kind employee approached and asked if I’d like to see more. More?

grocery stores near Paris

He disappeared through the thick plastic strips that separate the clients from the mysterious unpacked goods, and quickly re-appears pulling a pallet jack with a stack of plastic crates full of the freshest herbs they had. Ciboulette, aneth, thym, romarin, basilic, menthe, coriandre, …youpi!

From that point on we were flying high. We found all the veggies we wanted and great deals too! But most of all, we were having fun. We were a team, zipping through the aisles acquiring the food and motivation to make his parents’ anniversary meal the joyous occasion they deserved.

“Listen. To live is to be marked. To live is to change, to acquire the words of a story, and that is the only celebration we mortals really know.”
Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

Well we’ve acquired more words Barbara, and we’re celebrating.

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17 Responses to tastes good to moi!

  1. Carla says:

    I made your lemon curd pots awhile ago. Yummy!

  2. Judah Smith says:

    Ahhhh, back on the horse. Well done. Even for a non-foodie your candor, passion, and humor always comes through. Something even a jaded, pensive, sardonic, “big brother” could appreciate and would be proud to read…

  3. I would like to try those lemon pots, they sound delicious 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • kale says:

      I hope you do! they’re super yummy and for me, dessert is always the last thing I think of, so these are great cause you can have em made ahead of time.
      thanks for the comment!

  4. Hi Kale–I am so glad that you made my Belgian Endive-Apple appetizer. It is one of my favorites, both delicious and beautiful.
    Cheers to a lovely blog!

    • kale says:

      thanks so much for dropping by and leaving a comment Nancy! my sis sent me a pic from Pinterest and I just had to track down the recipe. I didn’t tweak it at all, it was perfectly balanced in flavor and texture, and so beautiful! many thanks!

  5. Crystal says:

    Félicitations to your in-laws. Your post made me hungry 🙂

  6. #1 Your blog looks lovely!!!
    #2 I’d kill for that meal.
    #3 I know these feeling exactly. When that moment of inspiration and hope returns… it’s one of the most beautiful feelings. Cheers!

  7. kale says:

    thank you Laura! it felt good for sure. you’re right to describe it as hope. glad I’m not alone in that quest for creative stimuli!

  8. picard says:

    So glad to read this particular post…well done!! The menu was fantastic to “see” I imagined the taste and textures!! Am definitely going to try the Belgian appetizer, looks light and delicious. As well admire your “adaptability” in so many areas. Looking forward to many more fine food ideas and equally fine words well chosen, well prepared and well delivered just like your menu!

    • kale says:

      wow, what a kind comment! thank you so much!! you’ve got some fine words well chosen yourself. 😉 much love

  9. I am not very adventurous in the kitchen, I tend to stick to those that are familiar. Maybe in time, I would try some of your recipes 😀 But I really like your style of writing. It is so nice to read. And the food of course looks delicious. Your quotes and sentiments about change spoke to me. Your adaptability and positive attitude is inspiring.

    • kale says:

      wow, Maya thank you so much for your comment, it touched my heart! being positive is something I need to actively work on, so I am happy it comes across in my writing. honestly, your comment made my day. xo

  10. What a wonderful dinner! And those layered lemon curd pots look absolutely divine 🙂

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