Mastering French cooking has been the standard for any true professional chef. Have you ever attempted it?
Not all French cooking needs to be put together with sweat and tears. My ‘Warm Goats Cheese Salad’ recipe will leave your taste buds in a frenzy.
If possible, everyone should visit France once in their lifetime.
Don’t worry too much about booking expensive hotels as you won’t want to be locked away in a room. France requires your hearts and doors to be open, so venture out and find those little markets where flavoursome produce can be bought; or spend your time wondering the designer stores of Paris. France has something for everyone to enjoy.
The south of France has miles of sandy beaches; the rolling hills of its centre bleeds wine and champagne; and it’s beating heart, Paris, emerges you in history, art and romance.
Have I left anything out? Oh yes, my ‘warm goats cheese salad’ inspired by French cuisine.
4 Good Handfuls of Baby Beet Leaves (the red veins are visually striking, but any dark salad leaf will do)
Goats Cheese Roll (any good grocery store will have this)
1 Good Sized Baguette (tip: superior quality bread will bounce back)
Rosemary and Thyme (chopped finely)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
Cut the baguettes into four equal parts, separate, and then cut thickly leaving equal portions.
Cut the goats cheese into slices and add them to each of the sliced bread.
Drizzle a little oil over each one, then add a sprinkle of the rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper.
Bake in a moderate oven until golden brown.
Now make the vinaigrette by adding 4 heaped tablespoons of balsamic vinegar with a generous pinch of salt to a jar and shake. Then into it add two heaped tablespoons of extra virgin oil. Shake again. Pour over the salad leaves and give it a good toss.
Into four small serving bowls divide the salad. When the sliced goats cheese baguettes are ready, divide and place on top of the salad.
Enjoy as soon as possible. Great for lunch or as a snack.
If you ever visit Paris, one day at the very least should be dedicated to the Louvre. This modern museum with its pyramid structured glass entrance holds the famous Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo Di Vinci.
One day plan for Paris: Start your day for 9 a.m (after a freshly brewed coffee and croissant) at the museum and give it a hearty well deserved 4 hours. Then, as you come out, venture down the steps and into the beautiful landscaped parkway heading towards the Arc de Triomphe which will be in sight far into the distance. Here you can stretch your legs and take in a little nature before eating at one of the restaurants on Paris’ main shopping street (Champs-Élysées) as you chatter and watch people go by (I could do that for hours). Next, a little shopping or head straight to the Arc de Triomphe absorbing it’s historic architecture and historical significance. Just don’t get run over by a car trying to get to it! Trust me, it’s totally bonkers.
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