Dining out is one of our favourite activities, as regular readers of Radio Free Daglan know full well. But these days, that’s just not happening. France has been quite clear about closing restaurants, cafes and bars, to slow down the spread of the Covid-19 virus. This (and many other measures) seem to be having an effect, but I suspect we are still a long way from the all-clear.
Faced with a huge loss of business, some nearby restaurants have turned to offering take-out dishes, in order to earn at least some income during this miserable and challenging time. One example is Daglan’s own Le Petit Paris, whose take-out offering I described in “A restaurant comes to us,” posted April 2. But here are a couple more.
On Saturday, my wife Jan picked up our lunches from Sawadee, the authentic Thai restaurant in Cénac, a 15-minute drive from Daglan. Sawadee’s Pad Thai is excellent, so that’s what we ordered, for 13 euros each. Here’s my generous portion:
Back in Daglan, La Cantine has also been offering take-out food, and so that’s where we ordered our Sunday lunch. For 15 euros, Fabrice le Chef provided this roast chicken, shown here on the cutting board at our home:
With the roast chicken, Fabrice also provided (for 5 euros) a generous serving of gratin dauphinois (baked slices of potato with milk, cream, garlic and nutmeg) which was absolutely delicious. To complete our meal, Jan cooked some green beans, resulting in a lunch that looked like this:
Now we don’t need to (or want to) do the take-out option every day. Today, for instance, we had rabbit legs that Jan cooked in a red-wine-and-tomato sauce, using a favourite recipe from English chef Rick Stein. Fortunately, our food shopping has been going fairly well — no evidence of hoarding, with good supplies of foodstuffs available. Still, it’s nice to know that take-out food is an option, and that it’s an option helping our local restaurants.