Saturday, July 24, 2010
Paris in July/Weekend Cooking: Tour de France edition
I am an armchair participant in Le Tour. I love watching it, although I don't often see the end of any stages because it finishes about 2am here. I do often watch the pre show chats, and the beginning of the ride each day. I love watching the cyclists and trying to figure out the strategy, as well as what the heck is going on. For example, I know what the yellow jersey means, and I kind of get the King of the Mountain competition, but I have no idea how you win the polka dot jersey or many of the others! The other highlights for me as well though is the French scenery, particularly the chateuax and the historical information that is shared by the commentators.
Before you start wondering if I have forgotten that this is a weekend cooking post, I really haven't. One of the things that happens every night before the start of the stage is that there is a segment called The Taste of the Tour, where the host, Gabriele Gate, talks about the specialities of the particular region where the tour is travelling through that day. He shares a recipe using some of those ingredients, as well as giving a recommendation as to the wine that would be best with that recipe.
Gabriele Gate is one of the higher profile French chefs in Australia, in terms of media profile at least, and he has that gorgeous French accent going on. He has lived in Australia for over 30 years, and has cooked on many TV shows, as well as cook books and DVDs. I actually picked one of his DVDs up from the library today, so you may well hear more about him at some stage.
So, in honour of the final stages of the Tour de France, here are a couple of the Taste Le Tour segments from a couple of years ago featuring Gabriele Gate. This one is for Lamb Casserole with Green Olives (only because I had lamb shanks for dinner, and whilst they were nice I am thinking this would be better) and the second is for Crayfish a la Parisienne because it features some talk about food and shopping in Paris.
Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads and is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, fabulous quotations, photographs.
Paris in July is being co-hosted by Karen from Book Bath and Tamara from Thyme for Tea. Both of these bloggers share a love of all thing French and Parisian, and so they have combined to host a month long event to celebrate!