Home Again

I remember when Carole King’s Tapestry album came out.  Everyone knew all the words because everyone had the album, and it was constantly playing at your house and your friends’ houses for months until we all decided to move on.   But it was, and still is, an excellent album.

Jade and I went home again to get a few things, drink coffee, see the Parrets, shop and cook in France.  We took the train down and my husband came to pick us up in a big rental car to carry everything back.

The first thing we did was go for coffee at Jacques’.  One of his helpers was dressed as a witch for the children who were coming by for Trick or Treat.  Halloween seems to have been adopted by the French and Germans.  Next thing you know, they’ll get into Thanksgiving 🙂

The coffee was normal and that was good.  I had two.  Jade had a hot chocolate with a generous serving of whipped cream.

We were so excited about going to the market on Friday!  I’ve found the supermarkets here in Stuttgart but haven’t yet found a good butcher, fishmonger or a supplier for rabbits and poultry.  I decided to make rabbit first.  In a tajine, with a southern style gravy 😉

After this photo session I went to the internet and ordered a Manfrotto tripod for Jade.  She can have something else for Christmas.  I don’t know how she took pictures with the really crappy one I bought for her!

Smothered Rabbit Tajine

6 rabbit legs, seasoned with salt and pepper and dusted with flour

4 tbsp olive oil

2 onions, cut in half and sliced

4 garlic cloves, slivered

4 tbsp flour

4 cups chicken broth

Salt and pepper

Brown the rabbit legs in the oil in a tajine, remove and set aside.  Add the onions and garlic to the tajine and cook until the onions are soft.  Add the flour and cook, stirring until the flour is brown.  Gradually add the chicken broth, salt and pepper and stir cooking until well blended.  Return the legs to the tajine, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour until the legs are tender.

Serve with mashed potatoes and steamed romanesco.

Wine suggestion:  Macon Village

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22 Responses to Home Again

  1. Mad Dog says:

    The Halloween thing is amazing – no one had heard of it in Spain 20 years ago – now it’s very popular there too!
    Excellent bunny 😉

    • There was a little resistance at first, because of religious considerations but the younger parents with childern seem to see it for what it is; an opportunity to dress in costume and to test one’s sugar eating capacity.

  2. When I was a student at the Sorbonne in 1959-60, a little group of us Americans went “Farce ou Fete”ing (according to my journal) at Cafe Flore on Hallowe’en night. No luck or much reaction at all, but then we crossed over to the “petit bon-bon man” beside L’Eglise St. Germain who kissed us all on both of each of our cheeks and wished us a “Tres Bon Hallowe’en!”& we bought some bon-bons from him since the kisses were his only gifts. Il y a longtemps…….mais wonderful to remember!

  3. A taste of France and you’re really happy again! Good that you’ve bought Jade a good tripod. It won’t be wasted as she’s really talented.

  4. Yes, several friends who were there then too and I remember it so fondly. Paris was still very French, we could live cheaply, and it was not yet scrubbed up & globalized. The only hamburgers were at the U.S.Embassy restaurant (really good!), & Le Drugstore (trop cher). DeGaulle was stood against any Americanization with his fierce Resistance. We loved Paris with all our hearts, despite the comedie noire in our unrequited devotion and have remained its ardent lovers over the years.

    • Our neighbors still talk about the wonderful American friends they had in Fountainbleau before DeGaulle demanded they leave.

      Even today, there’s no place like Paris!

  5. Yay for Carole King – happy memories! Glad you were able to go shopping – it makes everything feel so much better doesn´t it! And lukcy Jade – a tripod is on my Christmas wish list 🙂

    • I just need to find out where to get things! I’m so comfortable in France or the U.S. I need to find that comfort here in Germany.

      Jade and I are both lucky because I have to use her tripod when I’m in France 😀

  6. DeGaulle was very grand, arrogant, nationalistic, tres difficile & he irritated l’enfer out of everyone except Mme. DeGaulle & the Gaullists, but au fond he may have been prescient in trying in his efforts to preserve la belle civilization francaise, which he cherished & recognized as priceless. No commercial, materialistic, bottom-line culture can ever hope to enjoy or match it’s fine, delightful, elegant qualities. Vive La France!

    • I agree Judith and it’s sad to see France going the way of commercialism and materialism; keeping in step with the now “popular” culture which includes fast food and GM products( but, of course, identified as such). The farmers’ markets are still fighting the good fight but are swiftly losing ground to the unbeatable competition from large chain supermarkets, even in country towns like mine. Although we still have a good 2 star Michelin restaurant with fresh and seasonal market products each day.

  7. Just love that album, and yes I know all the words too

  8. Those little green things are wild looking. The meal looks just wonderful though.

  9. Karen says:

    I know that you must have enjoyed your time…especially visiting with your friends. Your rabbit dish looks very good.

  10. Must feel good to be home!

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