Food, Life and Love

The French Picnic

There are people in this world who love everything romantic. They watch “chick flicks” when they want to smile, they cry tears of happiness every time they see a proposal, they always root for the good guy to get the girl, and believe that happily ever after does exist. If these overly sappy people bother you…stop reading this post I am one of them and this is about to gooey.

At this time last year, I was preparing to walk down the aisle towards my best friend and pledge to love him forever. We had a perfect wedding. We shared a part of us with those that we hold closest to our hearts. The stories from that night will live in infamy and retold over countless bottles of wine. After our amazing wedding, we embarked on what could only be the trip of lifetime. We ate our way across France and into Spain. We shared many amazing meals and experiences that make me smile upon reflection. Being that I am in an extra sappy place as I stroll down memory lane, I wanted to share with you a favorite meal from our honeymoon. The French Picnic.

There is nothing better than a great loaf of bread, amazing farm fresh cheeses, great vegetables, fresh mustard, house-made mayo, preserves you found at a market and mixing and matching to find the perfect bite. Oh wait it does get better, it’s better when it is a picnic, you have an amazing view, and your new husband is sitting across from you. I don’t know what it is about the picnic that automatically is romantic. My love and I picked up fresh ingredients from each city we visited and as we drove across the country we would stop in places that are reserved for story books (see below) and make a meal. 

The ingredients for a picnic are simple. All  need is: mayo (see recipe below), fresh goat cheese, a high quality baguette, butter leaf lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, a park, and someone you adore. Go, turn off your phone, and enjoy. It is spring time after all!

House-made Mayo

1 Egg

1/2 t salt

1/2 t dry mustard

pinch of sugar

1 T lemon juice

1 T vinegar

1 cup of oil (different oils will give you different flavors, pick the flavor you are looking for)

In a blender combine egg,  salt,  dry mustard, sugar, lemon juice and  vinegar. While blender is on high, blend oil in steady stream until thick. Makes about one cup. Enjoy your picnic

2 Responses to “The French Picnic”

  1. Karen

    Eating your way across France is the best honeymoon a girl could dream of. There is nothing like a picnic in France…the cheese there is the absolute best.

    Reply
    • alicynnk

      It really is!! The bread is pretty amazing as well. Some of our best meals included bread, cheese and wine. Spectacular!

      Reply

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