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July 27, 2013

First post in the {France’13} series

I’m back home from an amazing trip to France with my family. The last two and a half week has gone by so fast. I can’t believe it. But you know – time flies when you’re having fun. I’ve missed one thing though: blogging. We didn’t have internet most of the time. So now when I’m home again I’ve decided to write a little about the trip at a time. And then share all of the nice recipes I made down there in France in other posts (and maybe sometimes in the same). And also some brand new inspired by the French cuisine. ‘Cause I did for sure get a lot of inspiration. I love France! And French food.

On Wednesday the 10th of July we packed the car and started the trip down through Europe. First stop: Metzinge and the big outlet. Nothing interesting here – but it was a great outlet. But after that we went to Colmar. A pretty old town in Alsace, France. The city is very old a nice since it has never been bombed during any wars (thank god). Also it is easy to see that it is situated close to Germany. The style of the houses are very uncommon fro France. But they are oh-so-cute those houses. Blue, sand and light pink framed in brown timbre framing. Also small floods run through the city making it look a little Venice-like from time to time. Definitely worth a try.

And now for something gastronomic. For the first time ever I went to a Michelin Restaurant: Jean Yves Schillinger. What an amazing experience. We had a 3-course lunch menu, which we’re cheaper than the dinner-one ;). But still it was amazing. For appetizer I had tortellini with mushrooms, the main course was cod with vegetables and for dessert I had French apricot tart. In between the courses they served us small snacks such as scrape raw beef, small baguettes and an assortment of small French sweet snacks (macaroons, profiteroles etc.) Yum! I think it’ll be hard to make anything like that food. But I’m gonna make a try on my brothers dessert. If you ever come by Colmar that restaurant is definitely worth a try. And not very expensive compared to other Michelin restaurants (39 for a lunch menu).

Close to Colmar are two smaller towns builded in the same style; Riquewihr and Ribouvilée. They are just as cute as Colmar and famous for their storks. The two towns are definitely worth a visit! But you can’t really spend that a long time there. It’s nice walking up the main street and take a look at the small shops selling French specialities. Cheese and cheese and cheese (oh and a lot of ther stuff).

Right in the middle of the main street in Ribouvilée was a house with a storks nest in the roof. A big one! with no less than 3 storks in it. I’ve always wanted to see a stork in nature (unfortunately almost all the storks in Denmark are gone). These cities are definitely worth a visit!

But now for a little recipe.

I’ve been eating so many apricots during the last two weeks. They taste so good those from France! I’ve been using them for everything: ice cream, snack, on yoghurt and in salads. Here a spelt salad with apricots, mint and cucumber. I actually made it together with one of those we visited during the vacation – but that’s another story.

 Great as a cold side dish for grilled meat or as lunch

Apricot Mint Spelt Salad

One big bowl (side dish for 8-12)
  • 2 bags of spelt seeds (200 g.)
  • 3 tbsp. of your favorite dressing (I used a simple one with a bit of mustard)
  • 1 salad onion, finely chopped (or just a mild onion)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 8 apricots
  • 1/4 galia melon (or more)
  • 1 big handful of fresh mint leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Boil the spelt seeds according to the instructions on the package. While hot add the dressing, chopped onion and a bit of salt and pepper. Let cool.
Cube the cucumber, apricots and melon and chop the mint finely. Add to the salad and stir until well combines. 
Season with salt and pepper and serve chilled.

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