Smog-less vistas and foie gras
Sadly, Tala couldn’t fly back to Europe for just two weeks so we left her in the hands of our very capable maid, Thuy, who stayed in our flat with her.
Tala was sorely missed on all the lovely long walks shown below. In France we had several hound substitutes in the form of an excessively hectic and loving goldendoodle (golden retriever x poodle), a rather ancient St Bernard, and a very jealous little French Bulldog. Great to see family and enjoy wonderful food, far too much champagne, and fresh air!
Of course we also went to Madame Moutier’s Restaurant
http://www.chez-moutier.com/restaurant.php – which has now become a bit of a ritual every time we are back in Monestier. It is a fantastic, family run little place with a five course set menu that reflects the famous products of the Dordogne, namely foie gras, duck, cheese, and lovely wine. Each course is served with a different wine, which they casually and/or dangerously leave on the table…
On to a very cold and windy Isle of Man….
Pan seared foie gras at home in the Isle of Man
To pass on some of the Dordogne’s specialities to the Isle of Man, we brought back a whole duck liver. It’s really not complicated to cook when just searing, but logistically it is a pain, as a whole liver is probably enough for about 6 people as a starter, but managing to get them out altogether while still warm and molten is a bit of a challenge. In the future it may just have to be for a romantic dinner for two!
Piers’ concoction of tart green apples, cognac, brown sugar, and star anise paired beautifully. After deveining the liver, cool it, then slice it into approximately one inch thick slices (any thinner and it risks disintegrating during cooking), pat with salt and pepper (omit flour as shown in my photo – I was persuaded by Epicurious but it can contribute to burning – the foie gras caramalizes and forms a crust naturally). The apples were sauteed with butter, quite a bit of brown sugar, cinnamon, and star anise – cognac was added and then they were flambeed….