Country of the Week: France / Salade Niçoise
The kids voted and the third Country of the Week is France. C’est bon!
I don’t know about you, but when I think of France I think of amazing food. But man cannot live by bread alone, c’est dommage, so this morning we brainstormed a list of What We Know or Would Like to Know More of About France. Le voilà!
(But first: The little French I know is from two sources: a) Hercule Poirot and b) two years of college French taught by a very kind young man from Sierra Leone. When I finally make it to France, I have a feeling the natives will wonder why this blonde American is speaking with a West African accent. C’est la vie! And, yes, I’ll be doing this all week. I can’t help it! C’est plus fort que moi.)
Now on to the list:
Tour de France
Madeline (books and movie)
Statue of Liberty
Hunchback of Notre Dame
Arc de Triomphe
Trop bien! Lots of great ideas to keep us busy this week.
Yesterday our dear friend Jackie, the Queen of Good Sports, came down to spend the afternoon with us. She arrived loaded with French bread, cheeses, and meringues. And when it was time to make the salade Niçoise and Lily said, “Don’t you need a puffy hat?” Jackie gamely put one on and started chopping.
Are you a fan of salade Niçoise? I’ve always wanted to make one but never have. I did some googling and found this. It turns out there are some very specific rules about what goes into a “proper” salade Niçoise, but since the perfect is the enemy of the good, we made this. Because we like potatoes and green beans. (But Lebovitz’s post was wonderful to read.)
I loved this salad and will be making it again. My camera is not great so please believe me when I say that the colors were gorgeous.
We finished up the day by watching Madeline and reading a Babar story. Today we’re going in search of macarons at Sweets Bakeshop in St. Paul:
Did we forget your favorite thing about France? Please share!