Saturday, September 6, 2014

French Meal

This is a French meal that I made on a cool rainy day. I built it around one of the most popular French soups. I have already cooked this entire meal two times because of popular demand from family. I am sure winter will see us making this meal over and over again.


French cuisine is so well known it was hard to pick the dishes. French onion soup is one of our very favorites and so I decided to build the meal around it. Pain de Campagne was the perfect rustic loaf for this soup. It does not fall apart when it is floated over the soup and baked. This bread is made of strong white flour with a hint of whole wheat. I leavened it with my homemade wild yeast. For the cheese - I used Gruyere to top the soup bowl and served the delicious freshly baked bread with some Brie. The side dish of roasted tomatoes has a layer of spiced fresh made breadcrumbs on the top. French desserts like sweet crepes and tarts are very popular but I wanted to try something different so I went with Apple Confit. My menu was onion soup au gratin, tomatoes provencal and Pain de campagne with Brie followed by apple confit as dessert.


I did not use any new ingredients in this meal but the use of heirloom tomatoes is a must if you want to try tomatoes provencal. Even someone like me who usually stays away from whole tomatoes enjoyed this dish a lot. Making everything including the bread was the most enjoyable experience. This meal is a fun one.

As they in France, Bon Appetit!

Here are the recipes for the dishes on the menu
And for dessert

This is my entry for the letter F for BM #44 for the theme Around the world in 30 Days. Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#44.






12 comments:

  1. That is a very filling meal, Varada. I had french onion soup in mind too but the cheese made me take a step back.

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  2. Brie with pain de campagne omg, am drooling here, i love very much the baked brie eventhough they are loaded with calorie, tomatoes provencal makes me hungry.

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  3. I considered French cuisine and could not narrow down my list. I wanted to try a lot of dishes from this cuisine. Eventually ended up with a Finnish food. This is a nice spread of French meal.

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  4. The pics looks so tempting and it is such a delicious meal!

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  5. I am so in love with your French meal Varada..everything looks amazing..

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  6. wow another wonderful spread from france dear :) very appealing meal platter and love the choice of dishes you made for this platter :)

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  7. Love your presentation Varada. I actually look forward to your meal posts to see how to present them all together and you don't disappoint me by coming up with a new version every day.
    All the French dishes look yumm!!

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  8. Varada loved the French Cuisine. .all the recipes featured under this are well made and it sure is a selection of the best of the French Cuisine. Fantastic efforts.

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  9. You are coming up with such amazing meals. Like everything in that spread but love that bread more.

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  10. I just gone mad for geting one recipe you made this much wow too good...

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  11. That is one delicious and authentic french meal spread !

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  12. OMG what an awesome meal Varada. For me all are new dishes and want them all.

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