This evening we have our French Christmas meal with our old neighbor, Joëlle and her family.
On the menu:
Apéro, entrée : we don't know yet, it'll be brought by our neighbour, but it will probably be fishy and gloopy, like oysters or something. It was foie gras with pain d'épices and a nice sweet Cadillac white.
Plat : Escalope de poulet avec sa sauce aux champignons (i.e. the brilliant Campbell's soup recipe) et ses legumes. This worked wonderfully well, as always.
Fromages : Assiette de fromages affinés. You have to have them, but hardly anyone ate any.
Dessert : Farandole de fantaisies festives (Mince pies and an ice-cream log) Our neighbour brought a delicious mega-chocolate log from a patisserie, so our ice-cream log stayed in the freezer.
We've been given some really nice wines this year, but we could do with something fizzy.
I'll have to hunt later.
(For the other wines I might just line them up and let our neighbours choose which one we open. I'd be SURE to get it wrong.) They chose the Bandol, so we still have the Cotes de Blaye
The meal went very well with a good opportunity to talk happily with some progress
Tomorrow we have our family Christmas meal :
Plat : filet de boeuf that Gwilym spotted in the supermarket (on offer AND 50% off) quite possibly avec ses frites.. We'll see who wins the great vegetable battle. I flash-fried the beef steaks and they were really very good. We had steak-frites, as I thought we would.
Dessert : Pat plans a trifle. More mint spies. We continued to attack the log from yesterday. It is an eight-portion log, but very rich. So far it's done at least 12 portions !