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Lynn Deasy is a freelance writer, author, foodie, and garden tinkerer. She lives in a 600 year old house in southern France with her husband, Christophe. Currently, she is looking for a literary agent for her memoir CA VA? STORIES FROM RURAL LIFE IN SOUTHERN FRANCE which examines the oddities of French provincial living from an outsider’s point of view through a series of adventures that provide more than a fair share of frustration, education, admiration, and blisters…. yes, lots and lots of blisters. Lynn blogs every Monday, Wednesday, and sometimes Friday.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Monday’s Leftovers: Boeuf Bourguignon

In France, Sunday lunches are sacred.  They are a time for family and friends to gather together, put the work week on hold, and come back to the table to the things that inspire.  We participate in this ritual that allows us to spend time together and reflect upon our good fortune.  Growing up, my family also had our Sunday brunches, so coming back to this tradition is a welcomed addition to my weekend.  Monday’s Leftovers is a periodical series that recaps those moments, the lunches, and the memories that are left long after the dishes are done. 

Monday’s Leftovers: Boeuf Bourguignon

For all the complaining we’ve done doing about lacking rain, it’s ironic we would find a problem with the weekend showers.  But, after all, it did fall on the weekend, and that did change our plans.  Instead of autumnal preparations of making preserves and cutting wood, we found ourselves huddled inside behind fogged up windows that hid grey skies.  The wood heater was light for the first time of the season to chase away the wet chill, and we cursed as we placed buckets across the living room floor to catch the drips from the leaking roof.  The clay roofing tiles, which were once repaired, apparently split anew under the unforgiving summer sun and heat.  We needed something to turn our spirits around, fast.

The uber-French dish of Boeuf Bourguignon is no stranger to Christophe, but he took our indoor confinement as a chance to try out a new recipe – one by Chef Florian V. Hugo, a descendant of writer Victor Hugo.  Besides his epic storytelling, Victor Hugo was known for being a lover of great food and opening his door to underprivileged children to eat at his table so they could, “manger de la viande et boire du vin…. deux grandes nécessités pour l’enfance” (eat meat and drink wine…. two great necessities for childhood).

We partook in both, and happily cheered a glass to both Hugos, who lightened our hearts, heated our hearth, and feed us well. 

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