I do enjoy going out for dinner, but not as much as I enjoy a long lunch — especially Sunday Lunch!
In France, as in many parts of Europe, Sunday lunch is a sacred time with family and an opportunity to cook up some favourite dishes to enjoy late into the afternoon.
So, while in Cannes this spring, I asked my French friend Astrid if she would prepare a typical French lunch for us, and graciously she agreed.
It started the day before with a rather frantic visit to Le Marché Forville, the well-known local market where we tore around picking up the ingredients for the five-course lunch.
Sautéed spinach and cheese drizzled with honey
Twice cooked lamb
Green salad with a light vinaigrette
Three Cheese plate
On Sunday morning, Astrid arrived around 11 am to take over the kitchen, and thus began a whirlwind of activity.
It was a simple meal but with lots of pieces and parts to organize.
With the deft expertise of a practiced home chef, Astrid readied two cuts of lamb, tenderloin, and chops, seasoned with fresh herbs, before they were boiled and then sautéed.
The chard, and the turnips, which were cut up in quarters, were put into various pots to boil.
The appetizer plate was assembled.
Indeed this was a crowd-pleaser that I would make again.
Madame est servie!
(Dinner is served or lunch in this case)
Astrid’s husband, Jean-Yves, joined us as we sat down at a table on the balcony.
It was fortunately one of those sunny days on the Riviera when the blue sky takes your breath away.
Jean-Yves was in charge of libations which included a rosé from Provence and then a bottle of champagne chilled to perfection. (Nope, don’t remember their names!)
*Note some of the photos were taken by my Travelmate BFF Shardie Stevenson who was the sous-chef for this meal.
I was too busy eating!
My sincere thanks to Astrid and Jean-Yves for this wonderful day.
I miss you so much! (Vous me manquez beaucoup!)
SO–is Sunday lunch a thing at your house? And what dishes do you normally prepare?
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