Today’s posting covers two fairly different topics — one related to the holiday that is fast approaching, and the other related to a favourite topic in these parts (food, of course). First, the Christmas item.
Admiring our village Christmas tree has become a time-honoured tradition, at least here in the world of Radio Free Daglan. But this year, I have a special treat for you — a sneak peek at the tree as it was being installed in the village’s Place de la Liberté this very morning.
Here you can see two of the village workers juggling it into place, as the village truck is slowly backed up, to support the tree:
So far, so good. It looks nice and tall, so we’ll just have to see how the branches shake out when the tree is securely fastened in place. (Don’t worry, of course I’ll show the decorated tree in a subsequent post.) And now on to food.
You may have heard the expression, “You can never be too rich, or too thin.” The first part of this saying came to me on Sunday as my wife Jan and I lunched with our friend Sara at the beautiful, Michelin-starred restaurant Le Gindreau. Because while the portions might seem small to some diners (such as the Super-Size-Me crowd), everything is so rich (and delicious) that you don’t want an overflowing plate.
I’m not going to go into great detail here, as I’ve written in praise of Le Gindreau many times, including in my posting of June 8, 2018. There I wrote:
Le Gindreau … has (quite rightly) earned two Michelin stars. It’s in the hamlet of Saint-Médard in the Lot, the département south of the Dordogne. That’s a 45-minute drive from downtown Daglan.
And while I do realize that you won’t be able to actually taste the food, I’ll just show off three of the dishes that we enjoyed at our Sunday lunch, because I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to see how rich the food at Le Gindreau is.
First is the entrée that both Jan and Sara enjoyed. It was a shrimp soup flavoured with lemongrass and including clams and cockles, as well as coco beans. Here’s the soup being poured:
For my plat principal, I had a piece of mi-sauvage duckling (and no, I don’t know how the duck was partly wild), served with a sort of lollipop made with the thigh meat, and served in a puddle of incredibly rich, and tasty, brown sauce:
Always happy to have chocolate in my dessert, I chose this concoction of milk chocolate, shards of caramel, and hazelnut ice cream (among other rich ingredients):
And then for our mignardises, served with our coffees, came an assortment of treats, including a sphere of chocolate which our server cracked open to reveal halves of candied walnuts. Here’s our tray:
Prices at Le Gindreau are not to be sneezed at, either. The three of us each had an apéritif, a selection of amuse-bouche, an additional small bowl of soup, then the three courses we each ordered (entrée, plat principal and dessert), and then coffees and the mignardises shown above. With the meal we shared two bottles of wine, one red and one white. The total bill came to 400 euros, so this isn’t a meal we would have very often. On the other hand, it was really wonderful.