Menu of the Week: Frenchy style

• 13 July 2009

Even though I have fewer kitchen gadgets and limited counter space, I am really enjoying cooking over here. Taking advantage of readily-available and inexpensive ingredients like crème fraiche, pate brisee, Comte, Roquefort and blood orange juice is the name of the game. If I bought all of these ingredients at once in the US I’d have to drop $40-50; here, the total is more like $20 (and that's with the bad exchange rate!). It’s so awesome. I feel like we can eat well every night on a modest budget (we are keeping our weekly budget the same over here as at home), and this is a real treat in my book.

Herb & Leek Tart, Arugula Salad, fruit

Greek Salad with a crusty bread, fruit

Whole Wheat Pasta with Simple Tomato Sauce, Mache Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

Sauteed Chicken with Balsamic Shallot Sauce, steamed Broccoli, baguette, artisan cheese

Roasted Beet Salad with Roquefort dressing, Herb Roasted Potatoes, "Charlotte" Strawberries

I think we'll throw in this meal from last year too--it's a family favorite amongst kids and adults alike.

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Janika said...

Oh my goodness. These menus sound so delicious. I might have to try a few of them. It reminds me of when I lived in Germany during college and practically survived on bread, yogurt, cheese, cold cuts and of course, chocolate and gummi bears! Everything was so delicious and cheap for the real thing.

Likes Chocolate said...

I almost missed this post if I hadn't come back for a second look. Yummy memu!

Minnie said...

Oh, that all sounds so tasty, even better on a budget. Yes, I know all too well how cheeses, meats and all the good, fresh ingredients are ultra expensive here in the States! I love all the photos of the village you chose and especially how well your daughter seems to be adapting. She's adorable and I'm sure will "help" you decorate! I'm a mama of two enjoying your French adventures. You should really consider writing a book or at least a magazine article!

Jaime said...

Oh, Stephanie,
I am really enjoying your blog now. Living vicariously through your travels is so wonderful.
That food sounds amazing.
Thank you for sharing with us all.

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