Paris Adventures Pt. 6 – Sunday “Lunch”

On Sunday I had lunch with a couple of friends from LCB at a friend’s house.

Guess what culinary students (some of whom have been chefs for multiple years) do when they get together?

That’s right. They cook. And they eat. A lot.

Living the life.

This is another food post, but I think it’s an interesting look into French culture.  It was a pretty French way to spend my afternoon: cooking, eating, drinking, enjoying life and each others’ company.  Apparently its the same way in Brazil, too, with huge eating parties.

Appetizers - Terrine de Canard, some cured hams, Assorted cheese, Octopus with some kind of lemon sauce, baguette bread, and drinks!

Appetizers – Terrine de Canard, cured hams, assorted chips, Octopus with some kind of lemon sauce, baguette bread, and drinks!

Chef Michel working hard.

Chef Michel working hard.

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One of the nicest home kitchens I’ve ever seen.

And after maybe 2 hours of cooking (in fact they’d been cooking for a while longer) everything was ready!

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Veal Marengo, Savory Rice, Beans (cooked with smoked pork breast), Fried Manioc, Stir-fried Portuguese Cabbage

This. Was. Delicious.  And I didn’t really take part, other than stirring the marengo a little bit.  The kitchen didn’t need any help!

We ate for about 2 hours, until 6, and then we made dessert: Chocolate Soufflés!  A first for me, so I was the one stiffly beating the egg whites.  The rest was easy: sugar mixed with yolks, and chocolate melted with butter in a bain-marie.

Preparing the plates

Preparing the plates – Strawberries, blueberries, Cassis (not sure what it’s called in English), and Raspberries

Soufflés turned out pretty well!  The ones that didn't rise were in the wrong bowls

Soufflés turned out pretty well! The ones that didn’t rise were in the wrong bowls

Mmmm

Mmmm…

There were, of course, some obligatory selfies taken :

The crew! Photocred: Carol

The party ended at around 8PM, and I didn’t end up eating dinner.  Too full of good food already 🙂  I think I’m beginning to understand what people mean when they say that the French know about l’art de vivre (art of living).

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