Get Free Download  7 French Secrets to Staying Sexy! 

Get Free Download  7 French Secrets to Staying Sexy! 

WHAT’S FOR DINNER? – LET THE FARMER DECIDE

July 24, 2019 2 Comments

WHAT’S FOR DINNER? – LET THE FARMER DECIDE

Following my grandmother on her errands on Marché day was always a treat. I was about eight years old and I tagged along watching as she strolled and chatted with all the familiar vendors. "What do you have today?" she would ask, and then tell them what she was looking for. She never purchased an item just because she had planned to use it. Instead she listened to their suggestions and then decided what she was going to buy—in the end, what she served was always a collaboration.

If there was something special, a fish that was unusual and caught in the morning or vegetables that were at their best, that is what we ate.

Shopping was an exploration into the land and the people who brought us the food. Buying their ingredients was to experience and share a part of them. For me, that was sheer joy.

But when it came to visiting Monsieur Casu le fromager, the cheese man, I was always a little bewildered.

After our greetings, Mémé (my grandmother) would tell him what she wanted. 

“Mais oui bien sur, Madame Maréchal,” he would reply as he pulled out cheeses for us to taste.

Mémé would select four or five different categories—typically a blue cheese, one made from goat’s milk, one from cow’s milk, as well as a soft cheese and a hard cheese. Then she and Monsieur Casu would set about choosing the flavors and types that were just right within those categories.

Once that was done, he would look at her and say, “When are you going to serve them?" 

Ca sera pour le déjeuner demain,” for lunch tomorrow, she replied.

“What time, à quelle heure exactement?” he asked.

She would give him the time, “Aux allentour de quartorze heur,” around 2 p,m., she replied.

He then set about going through all his selections, examining the colors, gently touching and turning each piece, until he found the exact piece that would be at its best exactly at the time she was planning to serve it.

She would walk out delighted, but I was baffled. “How could he possibly know, comment peut-il savoir?” I asked. She would look at me lovingly and explain, “Il connait son métier.” That is his job and he is good at it.

But selecting the food was only half the adventure. The other half occurred when we sat down to eat. Every bite was anticipated and savored as everyone acknowledged the perfection of the ingredients that made up the meal.

What gives me the greatest joy is that now when I’m in France, I am still asked the same question. “What time are you planning to eat this?”

Thanks to farmers markets and the slow food movements, we can easily find food to nourish our bodies and souls that has been grown and nurtured by people who are passionate about what they do and gift us with the result of their love—and it is a gift.

 

P.S. Coming up . . .

A country that is so precise about cheese and has so many to choose from and rules about how to eat them. Next week's blog is about the rules of eating cheese. Don’t miss it.


What about you?

Do you have memories of buying food with a grandparent as a child? Was it fun or a chore?

Let us know, I'd love to hear. 

Join the conversation!

Sign-up to the Story Club it's FREE

Merci 
Want more:
Here is a blog post you might also enjoy reading. Let's talk about the Magic of Cheese 
Here is the link to the post Click Here




2 Responses

Susan victoria
Susan victoria

July 26, 2019

Wonderful !

Arlene Vaquer
Arlene Vaquer

July 26, 2019

Even to this day, the local fish monger visits my parents’ town in Spain in his refrigerated truck. I remember my ‘madre’ going out to the street and seeing what he was selling that day. Dinner would depend on what he had….not planned in advance! So many wonderful memories of the small town experience.

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Blog

MY KITCHEN WASTE CAUSES GLOBAL WARMING
MY KITCHEN WASTE CAUSES GLOBAL WARMING

November 26, 2020 2 Comments

I was amazed when I discovered that my kitchen waste actually has an enormous impact on climate change. “Wasting food has irreversible environmental consequences: it wastes the water and energy it took to produce it, and generates greenhouse gases—7 percent of the world’s emissions—like methane, carbon dioxide and ...

View full article →

Turkey but no guests I have a solution
WHAT TO DO THIS THANKSGIVING

November 19, 2020

This year’s Thanksgiving is different, but then this year has been different; I know you do not need to be reminded of that—none of us do. We all have to deal with it one way or the other. I reread last year’s post about four ways to use up all those leftovers. At this moment leftovers feel so optimistic. But . . .

View full article →

Fool proof Gravy
FOOLPROOF GRAVY—WORKS EVERY TIME

November 12, 2020

Years ago, I could roast a turkey but I was terrified of making gravy. Those damn lumps would be the give-away that I had no idea what I was doing. My solution: never make gravy! I remember asking my mother-in-law to please make the gravy as we lifted the turkey out of the oven. “Yes,” she answered. But I noticed . . .

View full article →