French Wine Fun Facts

We attended a wine tasting at an Expat Expo here in Lyon last October. Not only was it tasty, but very informative. I like to think of myself as fairly knowledgeable in the world of wine, but I definitively learned a lot yesterday. So, I thought I would share some of that knowledge with you!  ;D

Grape varieties in France are highly regulated, so if you buy a wine from any of the regions described below, you should be able to generally predict what type of grape was used in the making of this wine. This is helpful because some more expensive wines do not have labels on the back with extra information.

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Vache de Chalais

This fabulous cheese is made from cow’s milk. It comes wrapped in chestnut leaves that have been soaked in white wine.

The rind has a slight blueish-yellow mold and is a little chewy. When the cheese is young, it is chalky and crumbly, with a sweet-tart tang, but when it ripens, the leaves become brittle, turning brown, and the cheese becomes creamier.

We enjoy this cheese with sliced apples.

Brebis: ewe

Vache: cow

Chevre: goat

Hope you can enjoy it, too!

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Potato and Bacon Scones

These taste fantastic!  But, I don’t make them as often as I should, probably because I prefer the little bite size ones which take longer to cook.  :)   We eat these as the main breakfast dish, but they would also taste great accompanied with eggs!

Ingredients: makes 2-3 servings; 88 calories per scone.

  • 3-4 medium potatoes (or ~2 large potatoes)
  • 100g of bacon, diced/crumbled (or a couple of slices)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup of flour (~2 tbsp)
  • salt/pepper

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Fresh Veggie Soup

When was the last time that you made your own soup?  For me, it was just a few days ago, but I really never even thought about it until about 1 1/2 years ago!  I don’t think that enough people make their own soup, even though it is super simple and very delicious!  It is also one of my favorite things to do in the cold winter months when root vegetables are in abundance!

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Broccoli and Cauliflower Bake

Yum, yum! We must bake this dish once a week, and it is so filling there are always a lot of leftovers! I got this recipe from Cook Yourself Thin, a book that has information and recipes taking into account caloric intake.

Ingredients: makes 6 servings; ~355 calories per serving

  • 300g of pasta (We usually only use 200g)
  • 400g of cauliflower (We use frozen because it is easier and not always in season in France)
  • 400g of broccoli (My personal touch instead of using double the cauliflower)
  • 40g of butter (~3 tbsp)
  • 40g of flour (~1/3 cup)
  • 450ml of milk (1 cup=250ml, so a little less than 2 cups)
  • 1 tsp of mustard
  • 60g of cheddar cheese

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