as i was putting this post together, i thought...
...if i ever to
return to France, i would like it to be in September.
this time with, Mr D. we would visit Normandy, (he is
a big history "buff"). after Paris, we could take...
...La Route du Cidre.
"Cider came to France by way of Kazakhstan. As caravans traveled west from where apples originated, the travelers discarded their apple cores and seeds on the roadside. These seeds grew into fruit-bearing apple trees and, eventually, made their way to modern day Brittany and Normandy, where the cooler climate proved difficult for grape production but ideal for apple cultivation."
"There are mentions of cider making in Normandy and Brittany as early as the middle ages and Charlemagne even documented the consumption of French cider in the early 10th century. But it was with the invention of the cider press in the 13th century that helped secure cider's place at the French table."
...more on French cider here!
with Autumn just three days away, i thought it would be timely
to share a site that i found with French recipes that
flavor with cider.
|:: cider recipes here ::|
i substitute the call for Cognac in French onion
soup with a little shot of Calvados, during the Autumn months.
this morning i brought the Boulard to the kitchen.
it's so perfect in it's place as Autumn decor!
i love to have it near, to remind me to
bring a sip of Pays d'Auge to my Autumn recipes.
on Sunday. i'll start the cooking process at halftime of
the Seahawks game. football and French onion soup...
...the best of two worlds!
here's to the weekend!