September 02, 2006

T is Terre, Terroir, je suis une Terroirista.

earth
dirt
soil
geology
rain
wind
sun
heat
cold
work
history
love

The sum of these ingredients is a recipe for terroir.

This week I begin a week of being a terroirista as I welcome a group of French Culinary Institute Alumni to my French Kitchen in Gascony. Gascon this and Gascon that, the Cooking of Southwest France, local, neighbors, corner farm, blah, blah, blah. They'll be sick of hearing me spout off about how good, how delicious, how fresh, how does this even work still...

Pigs, Ducks, Cows, Fowl, Wine, Fruit, Armagnac... It's a compressed week of 20 years of living here in France's hidden garden slapped on the my floating table every night. They'll get dirty, they'll get tired, they'll get drunk- then cook. Jambon, pied de porc, magret, demoiselles, tete de veau, boeuf a la mode, pintade a l'armagnac, poule au pot, pruneaux au vin, peche de vigne, chasselas...

Stay tuned and be prepared to be hungry. This French Mother Earth has her apron on!


3 comments:

Diva said...

Go Mamma!!1
want to see what comes out of this weeks kitchen garden..and class!

Becca said...

what fortunate students ... have a marvelous week ...

Anonymous said...

Too bad the concept of T being for Truth eludes.