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Thursday, September 29, 2005
Finding Neverland - Childhood food memories meme

I've been tagged by Kelly from the Occasional Epicure for the childhood food memories meme and since i've been more than excited.
Actually i already had a little list of favourites in my head since i love to cook from my childhood memories : from delicious gaufres i used to make with my grandmother to a rich and luscious hot chocolate.

Unfortunatly i had to choose five memories between the huge list i have in my head. Prepare yourself to fall into my childhood land!

Les Orangettes de chez Rohr avec Papa
When i was a child my mother was working as a nurse in an hospital so i couldn't see her a lot but as my dad worked at home we could spend a lot of time together : he even used to bring me with him when he had work appointements.
And one of my favourites was when he had to go to Cannes for one of those appointements because if i hadn't been naughty (and i've never been) we went to Rohr a very (and by "very" i mean very very) chic patisserie - on rue d'Antibes- where we had Orangettes.
Orangettes are candied orange peels coated with bitter dark chocolate. Not the usual favourite for a 5 years-old. And to tell the truth i think i didn't like these that much but i liked to be with my Papounet in this beautiful place. I mean he made me feel like i was the most important person in the world at that exact moment and i think this is great, for a child, to feel the love.

La glace au Mont Blanc de Maman
One day my mum turned back home with icecream lollypops mould. The week after there was a huge brocante in the village. The weather was pipping hot and i remember going home after hours spent selling gadgets and other things and there i found my mum offering me this lovely custard coloured iced lollypop.
What a souvenir! I can't even describe the taste but I can say that at that moment i felt like if i was in a cocoon. The simple evocation of it makes me shiver.
Lately i've been desperate to try to whip it up but my mother can't remember how she did. Now the only thing i can do is to buy loads of Mont Blanc and try try try...

Les boulettes de viande du Pot-au-Feu
Every Sunday or so my mum made pot-au-feu, beef cooked in water with vegetables, potatoes and a bouquet garni and served with a tomato bechamel. I loved to make a mash with the veggies and the meat, then form a small mount, make a hole in the center and fill it with the bright-red tomato sauce. And i had my errupting volcano.
But i loved even more the fritters my mother made with the leftover meat and potatoes. It was delicious eaten with a leaf of crispy green salad. I must admit i still love these fritters; i love them so much i buy the meat, poach it and then make the fritters - minus the pot-au-feu.

Les crêpes de chez Adieu Berth'
Adieu Berth' is a small (but renown) creperie in the old Antibes and when i was a child we used to go there with my parents for a crepe or two (certainly 2 indeed). I loved the atmosphere of the unique and tiny room (which was actually at my size) : the only lights came from candles and the crepes were extremely good. I always took a Pirate (with sausage, ketchup and cappers) as my father, my mother always ordered a Roquefort ( the famous blue cheese with cream and walnuts) or a Saumon and then we all had an Octobre avec boule de vanille each (chestnut puree, chantilly and vanilla icecream). I was even allowed to taste some sweet cider, which i deeply loved.

La soupe à l'oseille de Grand-Mere
I love Odette, my grand-mother. She's one of the most important person for me as she is always there when i need her. And as a devoted grand-child i loved (and still love) to spend weeks in my grand parents lovely house in Fouras a little village of Charente Maritime (to help you find it on the map i can say that from the house of my grand parents you can see fort boyard - yes yes the same as the one in the famous game).
My grand-mère always makes a delicious sorrel soup using the home grown sorrel. Actually at the first sight you could say : a child eating a soup that looks like white broth with green things floating in the middle? But i'm fond of this soup since i first tasted it. This may be the best soup i ever had in my whole life. I love you grand mere and grand pere.

Here finishes the journey, i hope you enjoyed my childhood memories; now i have to choose 3 of you (and i can't tell you how hard this was since all the blogs i read already have been tagged):
Keiko from Nordljus - the most beautiful food blog on earth and Keiko is probably one the rare person who hasn't done this meme yet.
Nic from Baking Sheet - a great blog, a great cook; what's more to say...
Kelli from Lovescool - a wonderful blog created for the love of dessert (and everyone knows dessert is my favourite in cooking...)


4 sweets:
Blogger Mona said something sweet:

inspiring. i was tagged for this meme too but have yet to complete it. aah!

29 September, 2005 21:11 

Blogger Kelly said something sweet:

Hi Fanny, what fantastic and delicious memories! It makes me want to hop on a plane and fly straight to France! :) Thanks for joining in!

30 September, 2005 01:11 

Blogger Melissa said something sweet:

Beautiful memories!
Your photo is beautiful too!
Great job, Fanny.

30 September, 2005 09:21 

Blogger nope said something sweet:


I'm sorry for being intrusive in to your blog. But I am Melissa and I am a mother of two that is just trying to get out of an incredible financial debt. See my hubby is away in Iraq trying to protect this great country that we live in, and I am at home with our two kids telling bill collectors please be patiant. When my husband returns from war we will beable to catch up on our payments. We have already had are 2001 Ford repossessed from the bank, and are now down to a 83 buick that is rusted from front to back and the heater don't work, and tire tax is due in November.

I'm not asking for your pitty because we got our ownselfs into this mess but we would love you and thank you in our prayers if you would just keep this link on your blog for others to view.

God Bless You.

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