06 December 2009

Miss France 2010

Last night we went over to have dinner at our French friends' house (the Launeys). We had a traditional French "winter" dinner called Raclette. They have peeled potatoes which are steamed/cooked with which you serve various meets and pour over it Raclette cheese which is a type of cheese from cows in the mountains. The cheese is melted right at your table in an electric table-top grill with small pans in which you can heat the cheese. The potatoes can be kept warm in the top.

Here is the description of the modern way to do it from Wikipedia:
A modern way of serving raclette involves an electric table-top grill with small pans, known as coupelles, to heat slices of raclette cheese in. Generally the grill is surmounted by a hot plate or griddle. The cheese is brought to the table sliced, accompanied by platters of boiled or steamed potatoes, other vegetables, charcuterie, and perhaps seafood. Diners create their own small packages of food by cooking small amounts of meat, vegetables and seafood on the griddle. These are then mixed with potatoes and topped with cheese in the small, wedge-shaped coupelles that are placed under the grill to melt and brown the cheese. Alternatively, slices of cheese may be melted and simply poured over food on the plate. The accent in raclette dining is on relaxed and sociable eating and drinking, the meal often running to several hours. French and other European supermarkets generally stock both the grill apparatus and ready-sliced cheese and charcuterie selections for use with it. Restaurants also provide raclette evenings for parties of diners.
Then after dinner we sat down and watched the Miss France beauty pageant for about 3.5 hours. It was a blast. We actually got to vote through SMS on our phones which was the first time this happened since 1987 and the first time via SMS.

What is the coolest about it is that Miss Normandie won! After she won we were all jumping up and down and cheering while hugging and kissing eachother. It was hilariously fun. Below is the video from Youtube.

1 comment:

Jennifer Hoxworth said...

Tara has made us a version of this when we went to her house for dinner...they have that exact grill thingy...it was pretty fun :)