Friday, 13 July 2012

Vive le upside down!

Here we are nearly in mid July and there’s no let-up in this weather with just an occasional glimpse of sunshine. So in search of a warmer outlook, I’m enjoying watching the daily excitement of Le Tour de France with the twists and turns of the cyclists as they cross the wonderful French countryside. I hope we'll see the Tour in Yorkshire some day!

This weekend my French friends are celebrating their national day. Bastille Day is a Fete nationale in France on 14 July which commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris on 14 July 1789 during the French Revolution. Celebrations and festivities are held all over France to mark this event and of course it’s an opportunity to eat all sorts of delights from the splendours of French cuisine.

Grandma knew all about my love of French cuisine especially when I lived in France for a year. We even compared notes about her scrummy Apple pies (see pages 84-86 of Grandma Abson's Traditional Baking) and one of my favourite French desserts : the famous ‘Tarte Tatin’. The story goes that the Tatin sisters were cooking an Apple pie but left it too long in the oven. Their rescue attempt involved turning it upside down and, much to their surprise, their guests loved the result. So it just goes to show that you should never be too worried if your baking isn’t quite what you expected it to be!

There are lots of fanatastic recipes for Tarte Tatin. Here’s a link to Felicity Cloate’s comprehensive review of several recipes culminating in her version of  How to cook the perfect Tarte Tatin great recipe  but I'd use less sugar just like Grandma!

I hope you'll get chance to enjoy Tarte Tatin? Have you got a favourite French recipe to celebrate le quatorze juillet?

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