In keeping with our weekly themed dinner nights, our second dinner took us to France, where our inspired menu consisted of Poulet Roti, Pommes Anna, and Ratatouille. Our “French inspired” entertainment was the most amazing animated movie….. Ratatouille.
Now, the one thing these dinners are teaching ME, is that I am lacking in some basic (and not so basic) kitchen equipment to do what I want to do. I really could have used an amazing, well seasoned, cast iron frypan for the Pommes Anna…… oh well….. next time!
Kitchen equipment aside, our French inspired dinner turned out great. The chicken was roasted perfectly, super juicy, with seasoned, crispy, golden skin. The Pommes Anna was super delicious, although it could have been a touch crispier, and the Rataouille was so so good. I’m sure that making it from an authentic French recipe (and not deviating from that recipe) probably helped!
I picked up some French beer, which I thought was going to be harder to find than it was, (although it sounds German to me), as well as a super yummy Viogner from France.
Brodie has been a real champ when it comes to these dinners. He has been curious and wanting to help out with everything, and wanting to learn about the country where the food is coming from. Brodie was great on trying the pommes anna, and the chicken was a no brainer (hey….. it tastes like chicken!), but he was hesitant on trying the ratatouille. With his first bite, and his eyes opening as big as his smile, I knew it was one dish he was super keen on. The little Miss is a totally different story. Sydney so far, has showed no interest in the food (surprise, surprise) but was however, super excited by all the pictures of the Eiffel tower…. it seems to be the only thing she likes to talk about, and the one thing she can hardly wait to see!
With all the pickiness that I deal with, with the kids, the timing of a new book (which saw a hand full of people tell me about since they know the Sydney/food situation) seems to be right on cue for me and the planning of this trip. Its called – French Kids Eat Everything (and yours can too). I have yet to crack the book open but hopefully it can shed some insight on getting the little lady to eat.
We will arrive in Paris on June 23rd after our first week in Germany. For 2 weeks we will be in a rented apartment in Paris. It is in the 17th arrondissement and is close to the Arc de Triomphe, Mikes office, and the metro for all of our daily excursions around town. We will then spend close to 2 weeks in the French countryside on “vacation”.
Living in France for 4 weeks…. I will be able to cross it off the “bucket list”
Enjoy your Daily Dose