Eating out, by eating in

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:

Quite a plateful!

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:

Ready to be carved.

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:

My Sunday lunch plate.

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.

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4 Responses to Eating out, by eating in

  1. Deborah says:

    You are very lucky to have that choice so close to you.

  2. melaniemcgaugh says:

    We are happy to know you two are eating well! Since you like Rick Stein, here is a little recipe from his French series that we really enjoy.

    4 beaten eggs + 8 tablespoons of flour + Enough milk and a bit of water to make a fluid batter.
    Salt and pepper to taste but go easy on the salt because Cantal cheese is pretty salty.

    Cantal cheese
    Cured ham

    Heat a frying pan with a generous amount of oil and.pour the batter in the hot oil.
    Lay cheese and ham on top and when the bottom has browned, flip and brown the other side.

    Serve with a tossed salad and a glass of white or rose wine.

  3. Declan Murphy says:

    Any idea when the Tuesday market in Cénac will re-open?

    • loren24250 says:

      No, sorry I don’t. But I believe we will be getting new information from the French government soon, about post-lock-down measures, and I think the re-opening of markets will be among the early changes. Especially if people can (1) wear masks, and (2) keep social distancing.

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