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“The Frenchman”

26 Sep
you may be thinking I have a fondness for the older French folk?  I do. Two fyi's... the bathing belle with the Aussie flag is actually French and happens to be our ex-fishmonger - and there are two VIPs in the midst...

You may be thinking I have a fondness for the older French folk? I do.
And two fyi’s… the bathing beau with the Aussie flag is actually French and happens to be our ex-fishmonger… and there are some VPo VIPs in the midst…

Ah Frenchie men. Rummaging through my mum’s cookbooks back in Adelaide this Summer, I spied this gem with a wonderful text on – The Frenchman.

The Browns, Cora, Rose  and Bob, "The Four-in-One Book of Continental Cookery: Italy, Spain, Portugal, France," Arco Publishers Limited, 1956

The Browns – Cora, Rose and Bob, “The Four-in-One Book of Continental Cookery: Italy, Spain, Portugal, France,” Arco Publishers Limited, 1956

continental cookery book text

“…sanctified seriousness, …a rubbing of hands and tummy”

1956. To quote the Browns (Cora, Rose and Bob):

                                        “The Frenchman is informal enough at his plain morning cafe au lait with a brioche or croissant, newspaper and cigaret, but

                                          he approaches both lunch and dinner with sanctified seriousness, a rubbing of hands and tummy, crackling and tucking in of napkins,        

                                          anticipatory peeping under dish covers.  At table nothing must interfere with his enjoyment,

                                          the slightest interruption is resented and no visitor would presume to butt in on this devout ritual…”  (p.277, The Four-in-One Book of Continental Cookery, 1956)

1956.  Not much has changed.

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oeuf!

17 May

alain gree egg

That’s pronounced ‘erff’, in case you wanted to know and is the French word for EGG!

I can’t connect the letters ‘o’ and ‘e’ on my keyboard, but normally they are attached and the French call this ‘o e colle’ – ‘glued’ – and it makes the sound of ‘er’ (don’t roll the ‘r’).

Enough of  my Very Basic French and onto this image of one very beautiful LARGE EGG!

egg in hand

Lilas (while we’re at it, you don’t say the ‘s’!) and I came home late last night from a school meeting and for a quick dinner popped her ‘lucky egg’ in the pan.

She’d met some chickens on the weekend and came home with an egg and was very excited to try it.

big fried egg!

It was delicious!! (even with the tomato sauce she’d added).

oeuf sur le plat

Et voila... Oeuf sur le plat

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