Friday, April 16, 2010

Homage to Bourgogne...Fromage dinner

I came back to LA from France safely...luckily I flew just a couple of days before the airport shutdown in Paris.

Since I brought back many kinds of cheese from Burgundy, we did a cheese supper.

As a little palate pleaser, I made gougeres (traditional Burgundian savory cheese puff balls) and served them hot right out of the oven. I ate so many gougeres in Burgundy and loved them so much. My version came out very nice, too.

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Bloc de Foie gras and roasted asparagus. I also made a big bowl of salad (radicchio, lettuce, Fuji apple, zucchini, macadamia nuts, tomatoes, etc.). Oh, I missed Fresh vegetables so much.

Here's the main course of the night. These are mostly Burgundian cheeses (Epoisse, Chambertin, Citeaux, Soumaintrain, etc.) I picked up at Alain Hess in Beaune. They were extraordinary! Of course, we drank Burgundy wines. My favorite wine of the night was 2001 Domaine de Montille, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Caillerets. As soon as I smelled the wine, It felt like I was back in Burgundy, visiting Puligny again. Very minerally and beautiful.

Desserts were also from Burgundy...Pain d'Epices (traditional spice cake) from Beaune's Saturday market, and chocolate from Le Charlemagne. Mmm...I really miss Burgundy.

But, I'm also happy to be back...I'm having huge cravings for fresh vegetables since I returned home. So I made more salad for lunch next day.