French markets are pure joy for the senses: the dairy stalls with their impressive varieties of cheeses, straight from the farm and one more tempting than the next; the butchers with their thick, rustic hams and sausages enticingly dangling from above; the rainbow displays of fruits and vegetables that mirror the seasons; and of course, the stalls selling a selection of gourmet products such as jams, vinegars, olives and wine.
It’s hard to visit a French market and not leave without a whole lot of inspiration — not to mention a basket nearly bursting at the seams. Cooking and eating well are an art in France, and one of the reasons for that is the availability of excellent products.
I came up with this easy salad recipe after buying a roast chicken at the market in Duras one Monday morning. They are always so hard to resist. You’ll see them slowly roasting on a spit, and with each turn, becoming as succulent and golden as ever. That afternoon, we ate half of it with a side of potatoes (roasted directly under the chickens). Here’s what I did with the leftovers. You won’t need much to serve with this. Except a smooth glass of Merlot, of course.
As some of you may know, this past Sunday I finally opened my new YouTube gourmet channel, La Douce Vie Food! I had been toying with the idea for a while, but didn’t really have the guts to put my thoughts into action. Getting up in front of a camera isn’t easy, and let’s be honest, there are more than enough cooking channels on YouTube. What would I have to offer? How could I contribute to that immense YouTube community and hopefully bring something to viewers that would be enjoyable and encourage them to keep coming back?
Cooking, for me, has been more than just a way to survive or make a living — it is an act of love. Whether it be making a nice dinner for my family or cooking for friends and welcoming them to a beautifully and sumptuously set table, the time I spend in the kitchen always involves a hearty dose of passion. That doesn’t mean I cook difficult or complicated dishes. In fact, quite the opposite. Pure, good ingredients, simple and, most importantly, cooked, served and eaten with love. For me, those are the key components that amount to a delicious meal which will truly be enjoyed and remembered.
French cooking has all those factors, in my opinion. I have never been so influenced by anything as much as I have by how the French cook and eat. In France, food is important and food is enjoyed. No matter how simple it is. One of the best things I ever ate in France was a salad of sliced, sweet, sun-ripe Marmande tomatoes topped with nothing more than a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. The tomatoes were not only at their prime, but they were sliced and seasoned on the spot, and served with a smile. How could eating them be anything but pure joy?
So that’s why I decided to devote my channel to the French cooking and eating philosophy. That doesn’t mean I’ll only be making French food though. The common element in all my videos will be pure and fuss-free food. What do I have to offer? My passion — not just for the act of cooking, but for the act of sharing and eating food with love. My goal is to inspire you to cook with good products and relish even the simplest of meals.
And because wine is also something that brings me great pleasure, I decided to share that passion with you as well. I am by no means a wine snob nor an accredited connoisseur, but I do know what I love and how to enjoy it most.
I really hope to inspire you with my channel, and it would really be fantastic if you came along with me on this new adventure. Let me know what you think or what you want to see. I’m here to interact with you, my viewers! Expect new videos every week… and, expect to enjoy! See you at La Douce Vie Food!