One of very favorite parts of visiting France was the food. It was all so so good! Fresh, beautiful, new flavors & textures, and thoughtful. I've saved this post for last. A sort of food-photo-dump. Check out all of these amazing dishes and you will understand why it was so hard to come back home! Seriously, the food was the hardest part of my re-entry. Nothing looked good to me. I would walk up and down the grocery store aisles and couldn't find anything appetizing. I pretty much ate cheese, crackers, yogurt, and protein shakes for the first week home.
It was such a delectable week of flavors & tastes . . . the foodie in me was in heaven!
This was our welcome lunch on Day 1. A pasta salad with ravioli's, sundried tomatoes, and peaches. Also, bread and little cups of chocolate or caramel mousse.
On night 1 we gathered in the dining/parlor with this spread to munch on while we got acquainted with one another. (Not the best photo - dark room + iphone picture). I think I broke a plate that night. My bad!
Savory crepes with chicken, mushrooms, and sauce. And how about that silverware? Martine had a wonderful collection of dishes, glasses, and silverware.
I told you all about the Dinner en Blanc. So much wonderful food to enjoy and experience.
On class days, Jill prepared and served lunch from the back of the farmhouse. Just darling. And delicious!
At our lunch in Perigueux . . . check out that slice of duck breast on each of our plates. The round thingy (don't you love my gourmet vocabulary?) was a foie gras, asparagus mix and actually pretty good.
This was one of the final courses - I can't remember at all what was in it, but it was creamy and delicious! Basically, they just put food in front of me and I happily ate it.
Another of Jill's amazing meals. All of her salads were unique & outside of the lettuce/romaine box -- interesting greens, cheeses, additions, and dressings. And the tomato platter -- I believe they were drizzled with a mayo cream sauce. So simple but so delicious!
Who could forget our darling picnic lunches at Saint Emilion.
I could go on and on about breakfast . . . Always a warm croissant, baguette, yogurt with a spoonful of jam, and orange juice. I'd give my right leg for one of Martine's croissants right now!
On our final evening Bronwyn & Michelle set the table for a wine-tasting event. For my mom and I there was no wine-tasting, just observing. :) There were lots of cheeses, dried fruit, bread, dips & spread. A munching kind of evening.
And if Jill & Heather couldn't be any sweeter, they collected the picnic linen sacks and packed us a lunch & snacks for our flight home!
You can see why it was hard to come home and have to cook for myself again!! I believe that good food is the hallmark of a good trip. A happy belly equals a happy heart. Thanks to Jill & Heather for providing such a wonderful experience for us!
photo credit : @heatherbullard