FRENCH INFLUENCE FOR OUR PICNICS
Recently I had the pleasure of attending a culinary class conducted by Paige Vandegrift. My take away from the evening was that the French are masters of picnics. I suppose we Americans have narrowed our vision of this particular pleasure. A limited assortment of transportable foods that may not always please the palette. The arduous task of hauling coolers, bags, boxes, sprays and bandages. The Google Map minded search for location. Shall we attempt a new attitude?
The French are much more enamored with ingredient freshness and quality than most Americans. Although we are becoming aware of such considerations with increasing frequency. Organic grocers, farm to table offerings in restaurants and clean eating are more than a trend.
Picnicing is the joy of delicious food savored in sunlight or under the stars. Whether created in one’s kitchen or collected from the market, most definitely a drive thru is not part of this picture.
Perhaps we are conditioned to assume picnics fall into two categories…romance or family gathering. Both are lovely, of course, but shall we think a bit out of the box (or basket)? The next time a lunch with friends is on the calendar and the choice of eateries have been exhausted…picnic!!!! As children, we were thrilled by the proposition.
With 4th of July at our doorstep, I wouldn’t consider changing one red white or blue part of it. From the burgers and potatoe salad to the flinty aroma left behind by an array of colorful explosives of varying size and shape. However, hopefully this post provides food for thought when pondering a picnic. It may suggest we slow a bit and appreciate the day because…
EVERY DAY MATTERS