lunes, enero 09, 2006

French Stories 1: La Raclette de Savoie

It was my second New Year's Eve in Europe but I wasn't partaking 12 grapes at each chime towards midnight on new year's day in good old spanish fashion like I did the year before in Barcelona. As I was in Paris this year, the new year's eve feast was celebrated with good company and a traditional French festive meal, La Raclette de Savoie.

Our magnanimous hosts Marie and Siva (and baby Shanti) woke up early in the morning on new year's eve to go marketing for authentic Savoie cheeses from the Alps region. The Raclette de Savoie cheese, with a seductive yellow color and a pale rind, is made with raw cow's milk (au lait cru) in the French Alpine mountains.

As you can see from the picture, you place the sliced cheeses onto the tiny pans that comes with the special heating apparartus i.e. the raclette grill. Once melted, it becomes a creamy bubbly delight that you carefully pour (and scrape) onto small roasted potatoes and jambon (ham). For this special dinner, Marie and Siva served it with an assortment of different jambons, and a simple leafy salad with a dressing made with mustard. The raclette cheeses we had also come in different varieties e.g. peppered, herbed, or smoked.

If you are in France between the months of November and January, try this dish, as it is the best time to taste La Raclette de Savoie, after an aging process of between four to five months. The meal is traditionally accompanied by a Savoie wine like Riesling or Pinot Gris.


My 2.5-week trip to France has been immensely fruitful in the sense that I've accumulated a good amount of food photography and writing ideas for Green Olive Tree. Meanwhile, please be patient with me while I juggle my french and international studies classes with writing reader-worthy entries for this blog. Muak!


8 Hand-picked Olive[s]:

Blogger rokh picked an olive...

i am from Taiping! i know where batu pahat is but haven't been there. i'm all in to crosslink you!

12:20 a. m., enero 10, 2006

Anonymous Anónimo picked an olive...

glad to hear from you and see that you are having a good time.


2:42 a. m., enero 10, 2006

Blogger *kel picked an olive...

Rokh: Taiping is known for good food, good scenery, and good least from my knowledge ;) I've been there once and remembered the seeing the famed lake and the foot of Maxwell Hill, the places I read in books.

Wil: Howdy pal, it's been too long a time. See how putting peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and boxed salads together as a part-time job in the university's cafeteria carry me in life ;) What memories huh?

4:17 a. m., enero 10, 2006

Anonymous Anónimo picked an olive...

I'm familiar with the 12 grapes on New Year's Eve midnight from a friend who lives in Madrid. ;-)

What a nice meal and nice time it seems you had. I look forward to more reports of your experience.


1:39 p. m., enero 10, 2006

Anonymous Anónimo picked an olive...

HI Kel, David just moved down to Singapore and we're renting and the kitchen is rather desolate. We'll get our own place in 6 months time and we can start shopping for some kitchy tools. Will send you wedding photos next week. Busy with work.

1:47 p. m., enero 10, 2006

Anonymous Anónimo picked an olive...

Yeah what memories heh...had I known it'll bring out such talent in you I'll might have just followed you over there for the food :-P

5:45 p. m., enero 10, 2006

Anonymous Anónimo picked an olive...

Hi kel

Very glad to meet you... and your good tendency for traditional's cooking.

Ready to share some other good dish...

Best regards from Paris
And sure, Big runny kiss from Shanti !

5:38 a. m., enero 11, 2006

Blogger *kel picked an olive...

Paz: Thanks for checking in!

Marie et Siva: Coucou, quelle surprise! Nous avons vraiment passé un bon moment avec vous à Paris. Merci pour tout et j'espere vous voir ici à Barcelone bientôt. N'oubliez pas que je pourrai faire la babysitter!! Gros bisous.

3:56 a. m., enero 16, 2006


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