Spring and the Pandemic

Hello, fellow campers, cooks, and gourmets everywhere! Gourmet Girl Denise here from the Loire, France.

Well, I don’t think any of us could have possibly predicted the turmoil that our fellow humans are experiencing as a result of this horrible disease that has taken over the planet. We hope you are all well and have been making the best of the lockdown. If anything good came from this it is the rehab of our environment in our absence and all of the cooking going on! My goodness! You are all so talented in the kitchen!¬†At no other time on earth have so many humans become so proficient turning boring pantry items into gourmet meals. Keep it up!

The response to my daughter Lindsey’s sourdough blog has been amazing. Who knew there were so many bakers out there? Some of you have never baked bread before and have joined the fun. How very brave of you! I made a batch of Foccacia bread for the first time myself. Here’s a pic of the dough rising:

I’m afraid I ate it all before I could take a picture of the finished product. It was delicious!

I also made this Eggplant Parmigiana:

I ate this before I could get a picture of the cooked dish too. It, too, was delicious.

My girls have been laying lots of eggs since the longer days began. They wait at my kitchen door every evening around 5 p.m. because that is the hour I feed them a dish of stale bread and whatever green scraps or fruit I might have. Did you know that chickens are closely related to T. Rex? The way they peck at my hand before I can even put their dish down is so savage that I am not surprised to learn this. Here they are in a calmer moment waiting for their ounce of flesh…

My cherry tree has really produced this year. There just isn’t anything prettier than red cherries amid green leaves. I will be making Cherry Clafouti next and promise to get pics of the cooked dish before I scarf it down. Keep your fingers crossed.


Needless to say, I have put on a few pounds during this lockdown, but hey! Who cares? Most of us have never eaten as well as we have in the past two months, be it out of boredom or creative energy, and we haven’t exactly been able to go out jogging to burn it off either. That’s my excuse anyway.

So keep up the good work! Explore new recipes and have fun. You can start by opening-up our cookbook and choosing a recipe from it. What? You don’t have a copy? Get one here: https://www.gourmetgirlsonfire.com/ Let us know what you have been cooking.

Stay well and keep your spirits up! It will all be over soon, I hope.

All our best,

Denise, Gail, and Lindsey

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