|Bonjour Mes Amis,
It truly feels like summer as I’m about to harvest the first pods of my fava bean crop tonight! Tomatoes still look to be weeks away.
It’s my ‘Friday night’, so I plan on grilling some lamb chops, & set up a table by the lavender, and maybe even splurge on a bottle of Tempier rose which came in today.
À bientôt, j’espère,
CLASSIC HAM & GRUYERE CREPE WITH A TOUCH OF DIJON from Crepes: 50 Savory & Sweet Recipes byMartha Holmberg $19.95
One of my favorite memories from my first trip to France was tucking into warm crepes & drinking cold cider alongside the canals of Marais Poitevin, France’s “Green Venice”. This marshland is criss-crossed with canals where tourists are rowed in traditional barques. And those canals are lined with sidewalk creperies–heaven!
Makes 1 filled crepe
1 tsp creme fraiche
In a small bowl, stir together the creme fraiche & mustard; set aside.
Lay the crepe presentation-side down in a small skillet & heat over medium-high heat until you feel the crepe is getting warm, just a few seconds. Sprinkle the cheese over the crepe, lay the ham in the center, and sprinkle the walnuts and capers (if using) over the ham & cheese.
As soon as the cheese begins to melt, fold the bottom, top, and then the sides of the crepe over the filling toward the center so that the filling is enclosed & you have a flattish rectangular package. Slide th crepe onto a plate seam-side down, spread the creme fraiche-mustard mixture on the top, and serve right away.
If you’re making several of these crepes, you can slide the folded crepe onto a baking sheet. Once you’ve made all the crepes, reheat them for a few minutes in a 400 degree oven.
Francine Crepe batter mix $10.25
Makes 40 Crepes, no resting required.
1 sachet my preparation for dough Francine Pancakes
1) In a bowl, pour the milk and then the bag contents while stirring with a whisk.
Cheese of the Week:
An ancient AOC protected cheese from Auvergne, considered the grandfather or cheddar.
Jambon de Paris $14.99 lb
Gerard et Philibert Talmard 2014, Macon Uchizy $11.99
This Chardonnay might just become my new house white. Absolutely lovely, unoaked, fresh & snappy with the type of traditional labeling I love. Lemongrass, citrus in spades–pure & refreshing. A direct import steal!
Fabien Collonge L’Aurore des Cotes 2013, Chroubles $14.99
Beaujolais has gotten a bad rap because of Beaujolais Nouveau & Fabien Collonge is a new generation winemaker who wants to change that. Of all the 10 cru villages in Beaujolais, Chiroubles has some of the highest vineyards & lowest temperatures. Some say Chroubles is ‘the most Beaujolais of all crus.’ Manuel says he can’t wait to enjoy this new arrival with some Rosette de Lyon.
Tempier Rose 2014, Bandol $40 4 bottles available
Sunday, Jun 28 2015
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