Throw a Frencher Picnic
The French do some things very well. Gif credit: Cornelia Arabella, Tumblr.
So you’re probably not on a yacht, in the French Riviera, unless you’re super-fancy like that. But now that the weather is fine, there’s nothing stopping you from treating lazy Saturday and Sunday afternoons like the French and Italians do: slowwwwly. At a picnic.
You’ll want a fresh, crunchy-on-the-outside-tender-inside baguette, obviously. And you require a hunk of cheese that will mellow to exactly the right level of ooziness between home and the picnic location. Maybe a triple-crème like Brillat-Savarin.
Brillat-Savarin. Photo credit: Artisanal Cheese
Then think about meat, if you eat it. Did you make a homemade chicken liver pâté? Go, you! (It’s not hard. Promise.) Or maybe you have some duck rillettes kicking around, decadent and ready for that baguette. As is true of chicken liver mousse, rillettes look particularly gorgeous in a little glass jar, which you can buy for as little as a couple of bucks.
Photo credit: Jamie Watson, Stockfood
Now you’ve got dairy, meat, and bread, but there are other food groups, apparently, including fresh and pickled things. You’ll want cornichons and Niçoise olives for piquant notes that will break up all the delicious, fatty unctuousness of everything here.