Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tempete de neige


Well, it may be vaguely solipsistic (gee, I love to use the litterati words I learned in 20th-century French theatre class), but to me it sure seems as though it's snowing everywhere.  Snowing in Paris today.  Snowing in the Alps.  Snowing where I was just living (Virginia). Sure as heck snowing where I am living now (coastal New Jersey).

Being snowbound isn't all bad, even if there are power outages threatening like Damocles's sharp blade.

When there is a great gourmet store nearby, preparing for a blizzard can actually be a joy, don't you think? Indulging in some great French prepared food is the best revenge against that capricious Mother Nature.

Which is why this evening I am enjoying D'Artagnan Mousse au Poivre and a glass of red wine while the wild winds swirl outside, plastering snow against my windows.

My advice is to always prepare for a blizzard with the best possible ingredients.  Forget the mere bread-and-milk staples:  go for the finer cuisine. So you can make it into an event.  It's worth every penny.

As what's-her-name said, let them eat cake!

Merci to Little Shiva for the Paris video.


Carole Buschmann said...

Wow Polly you have the absolute best ideas. Such Joie de vivre! I was wondering about where you might be in all this neige.

Jane said...

You're right about it seemingly snowing everywhere - we might even get snow flurries in Austin, TX. I grabbed some wine, but I like your idea of restocking the pantry with fancy food.

Claudia said...


Not only are you and I in the same church, we're in the same pew! I love snow storms and blizzards for just the reasons you mentioned. My husband and I stock up on good things like Alaskan king crab, oysters and foie gras. I start a pot of homemade chicken stock to make the house smell wonderful. We stoke the fire and either pull out the playing cards or put on old movies. Why be miserable. Being warm and satisfied is "just desserts"!

Starman said...

That is a huge mousse.

Zhu said...

If only I could treat myself to gastronomic food each time we had a snow storm in Canada...! ;-)

Ken Devine said...

a little nugget of an idea forms after reading this even though I had hair the last time we were snow-trapped.

I've nominated you for an award on my 12th Feb post which should melt a bit of the stuff that isn't really troubling you by the sound of things.

The Armchair Parisian said...

I approach provisioning for hurricanes in the same manner :-)

Bbuissonniere said...

Well that'a a way of wainting for hurricanes... Even maybe you would like more hurricanes in winter, no ?

Kathy said...

I love your attitude in the midst of possible mayhem...I love your blog (stumbled upon it while on another's FB page where your FB page was listed, etc, etc).
Love, love, love it here! I am not a big blog reader (no time) but FB condenses down the time...thus will be back...and often! You rock it, girl!

C├ęcile Qd9 said...

Oh des rillettes !!!

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