Friday, July 2, 2010

HAPPY BASTILLE DAY

In France Bastille Day is celebrated as a national holiday - "Vive la France!" to mark the storming of the Bastille in Paris on July 14, 1789.

The historic people's revolt was the first step to establishing a republican government, wildly cheered by French commoners who claimed an historic first in France's long royal history.
Today, July 14 remains a great excuse to party, serve up street food, sing La Marseillaise and drink a lot of bubbles. Of course, as French Caterer, we will be serving the Official Bastille Day event, hosted by the French Consul at the Green Room.

Since I have been living more than 17 years in California, I know that Domaine Carneros will be filling up my outdoor fridge.

If you are lucky, and happen to be in Paris, don't miss the incredible opportunity to be at the Eiffel Tower:

As for me this year, I will be close to the Eiffel Tower, but the one in Las Vegas. I will make certain to stop by Mon Ami Gaby and have Moules Mariniers (Steamed Mussels and White Wine) and French Fries for the occasion.


Recipe:

A pound (lb) (450 g) of mussels is usually enough for one person.

Pour 1 or 2 cups of white wine or water into a large saucepan, add the mussels and cover the pan. Remember that not a lot of liquid is needed.

Cook on a high heat and bring the liquid to the boil.

When steam is released from the sides of the pan, reduce the heat and simmer the mussels until they begin to open. This should take about 5 minutes. During cooking, shake the bottom of the pan, so that the mussels are redistributed and cook evenly.

After several minutes, keep an eye on the mussels and try to remove each mussel as it opens.
When all the mussels have opened, they can be served in their shell, in a bowl, with the broth strained and then poured over them. Add some creme fraiche to the sauce to make it thicker. rectify seasonings.

We are still available for the Bastille Day Celebrations and will be happy to make you share our national day. In the mean time, have a wonderful July 4th, and have fun, bubbles and great Fireworks experience. Thank you for supporting La Bonne Cuisine Catering & Events.


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