Thursday, October 25, 2007

How to survive winter time

Dear Friends living in France and propably in Europe, you know how cold the weather has been the past days. I even had to have my winter coat and my gloves out. There is also your own breath you can see on the morning. Anyway, it’s cold and food can help (like in many other occasions in France).

Here is a selection of dishes which will help you surviving winter time:

Tartiflette is a French dish from the Savoie region. It originated in the valley of Aravis, home of Reblochon cheese. All recipes have potatoes, cheese, and some kind of meat such as slab bacon or salt pork. It is extremely popular in the mountain restaurants during the ski season since it is savoury, high in calories and relatively easy to cook and keep warm for an hour or more without deterioration in quality. (

Fondue refers to several Swiss communal dishes shared at the table in an earthenware pot ("caquelon") over a small burner ("rechaud"). The term "fondue" comes from the French "fondre" ("to melt"), referring to the fact that the contents of the pot are kept in a liquid state so that diners can use forks to dip morsels of food (such as bread) into the sauce.(

The truffade is a dish traditionally associated with Auvergne in France. It is a sort of thick pancake made with shredded potatoes that are first fried, then mixed with thin strips of tomme cheese. This mix is stirred until it sticks together, and then is flipped over to brown the other side. Sometimes lardons and garlic are added to the mix. (

The Raclette cheese round is heated, either in front of a fire or by a special machine. Traditionally, it is accompanied by small firm potatoes, gherkins, pickled onions, dried meats, sliced peppers, tomato, onion, mushrooms, pears, and dusted with paprika and fresh-ground black pepper.

Now you are worrying about the weight you are going to gain because, needless to say you are going to gain weight.
Now your turn. What's your favorite receipe to survive winter time?
Mine is the raclette!

A great thank you to shagadelicbabe for the great shot.

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