Hello, Bonjour, Welcome and Bienvenue!
So here it is, my much request and long overdue, ‘Franglais’ cookery blog.
The two cities in question being:
My home town of Liverpool
My adopted city of Paris
Before I begin, I must explain that I am not a professional photographer and you will just have trust me that the dishes look much more appetizing in real life!
Let me also point out that this is NOT a French cookery blog, before any purists out there begin telling me that this is not how you traditionally make a particular dish. This is my own style of English cooking with a French twist and French cooking with an English twist,that I have had to devise through necessity, but has, in most cases, turned out to be a success with family and friends who have sampled it. This is above all a bit of fun………..
Most of you will know me but for anyone who has wandered on here by chance, let me introduce myself.
My name is Linda (Lindy to my friends) and I considered myself not a bad cook back in the UK (some friends’ would argue that I was in fact a good cook, but modesty prevails…..let’s just say that I never had any shortage of dinner guests…) But when I moved to Paris just over 5 years ago, my cooking skills went out of la fenetre!
This was due to a number of reasons, notably I could not find the ingredients that I was used to using back in the UK. (Believe it or not I could not buy parsnips up until a couple of years ago when they began creeping first onto the markets then into the supermarkets) And lots of ‘foreign’ produce (things needed to make an Indian, Chinese, Mexican meal for example) that I just took for granted that I could walk into any Sainsburys store and take from the shelf, was only to be found, if at all, on the small ‘foreign food’ stand in the supermarket at an extortionate price (I once paid 6 euro for a 300 grm box of red lentils at ‘La grandeEpicerie’, but have since found a nice Asian store where I can buy a 2kg plastic bag of them for 2 euro 30 centimes!)
Another reason, that took a bit of getting used to, is that the French eat seasonally. Me, being used to buying whatever I wanted whenever I wanted it, got very frustrated that fruits and vegetables appeared on the shelves one week only to disappear the next. You can, if you try hard enough, buy a mango in December, but it will cost around 4 euro and quite frankly just tastes like a potato, which is how I thought all mangos tasted before moving here!
I have now embraced this practice with gusto, and love eating ‘around the year’ having developed my own entrees, plats and desserts and look forward to my favourites coming into season, so you can join me on a culinary voyage through the seasons…….