Friday, January 12, 2018

Basque Chicken : A lesser known gem of French gastronomy.

This time let me take you on a culinary voyage to a lesser known, but vivid culture of France (and Spain), down south on the Atlantic coast, surrounded by the Pyrenees; the Basque. The Basque people have historically lived in the region around the borders of France and Spain and present day Basque population is distributed in the Autonomous Communities of the Basque Country and Navarre in Spain and the Northern Basque Country in France. The Basque culture is quite unique and though has evolved to dissimilate into the surrounding cultures of France and Spain, it still guards some of its typical features, mainly the language and the culinary specialties. One such gastronomical delight is the Poulet Basquaise (Basque Chicken) which originated from the French part of the Basque Country. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Rouen : Capital of Normandy, a day trip from Paris.

It was in 1066 A.D. the Duke of Normandy, William, a descendant of the Vikings, successfully conquered and became the King of England, which paved the future of the two kingdoms of France and Britain throughout the Middle Ages and beyond. In 1604 Samuel de Champlain left the port of Honfleur of Normany and founded Acadia and thereafter the Québec City which defined the French presence in North America. And it was in 1944 when the Allied forces landed on D-Day on the beaches of Normandy that the course of the World War II and thus world we see today was defined. One city has been at the center of all these events, the capital and the most important city, Rouen. The city is just around an hour and half by train from Paris and you should not miss visiting it for a day trip from Paris.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Rum balls : The Littles Bullets for the Festive Season

I had already mentioned in my last post that it is time to lose control of the diet and get one self in Holiday mode, stuffing up with the delights that always taste better during this season. As temperatures drop in the Northern hemisphere what can be better to warm one up than little tiny shots of rum balls. These little bullets can punch up the taste buds and the flavor of rum is perfect to put you in your festive mood.