D and I sat down for lunch in the summer kitchen with les parents yesterday afternoon. While still warm outside, we have quite a few clouds hovering overhead. (Piglet, do you have the sun there?) Lunch was very good as usual; la mamie is a very good cook and even the simple meals are a treat.
Today was no exception…but it made me realize that there is so much I do not know.
I love to cook and I spend a lot of time reviewing recipes that I’ve tried and those I’m dying to try. I have lots to learn now that I’m in France. I think I know all the seafood/fish in the sea in English, but in French it’s a whole different story. Sure, sure, I know truite (trout), coquilles St Jacques (scallops), morue (cod – more on that below), and saumon (salmon).
I had to laugh at lunch too because la mamie made us a lovely salad followed by rice, zucchini, and cabillaud. I learned that cabillaud is codfish. Yes, codfish. La morue is also codfish. The difference? Morue is dried and salted codfish while cabillaud is the fresh (or sometimes frozen) codfish. I don’t think they make that distinction in Canada where I learned the word morue. Go figure. You’ve got to love the French for being so specific.
I have one question: what on earth is loup de mer?