Saturday, February 24, 2007


Like most all of our ideas, we stole, I mean borrowed this one from our good friends the Tausz's. Thanks Ramona for the idea. We pick one country per week and on one day we will eat all our meals from that country, courtesy of the books, "Cooking the ____ Way", easy menu ethnic cookbooks. Either Hannah or Ellie will give a small presentation about facts they gleaned from the books they found and borrowed from the library. We started with the British Isles and did lovely days on Britain and Ireland, and a brief look at Wales and Scotland.

Now we started on Europe. Yesterday was France. Above is the map and flag Hannah colored for our education. On to the menu:

La Carte (Menu)

Le Petit Dejeuner (Breakfast)

Croissant (croissant)
Chocolat (hot chocolate for the kids)

Cafe (coffee for the parents)

Le Dejeuner (Lunch)
Potage parmentier (Potato-and-leek soup)
Pain (french bread)

Le Diner (Dinner)
Cotelettes de porc Normande (Pork chops Normandy style)

Galette de pommes de terre (Potato cake)
Petits pois a la Francaise (Green peas French style)
Pain (French bread)
Pinot Noir (for the parents)
Lait (Milk for the children)

Mousse au chocolat (Chocolate mousse)

These were absolutely delicious meals. I have copied them all to make again and again. Not all of the kids liked all of the foods, but all of the kids liked most of all the food. I couldn't believe how delicious (and relatively easy) the meals were. Now I better understand why chefs want to go to France to be trained. The peas were fabulous - and they had shredded lettuce in them! I forgot to take pictures of the other meals, these are of dinner.


Melynda Hoffman said...

I always said I was going to do that and haven't gotten around to it though. Looks fun!

Mumme Mom said...

It is fun! Try it - you'll be hooked. We don't always get to it every week, but it has been on average about that since we started. Next we'll do Germany - probably in a couple of weeks. We have an exchange student from Germany who is staying with one of our members and we're hoping to include her somehow.

Favorite Apron said...

That looks like great fun. I used to do that sort of thing when our oldest was in elementary school, but the energy and enthusiasm for such things has vacated my body. My poor younger children . . . .