The French have done it again, they have left me speechless and not for the first time. I am talking food of course, and their attitude to it! I was in France over the summer and I had one of the simplest, yet sublimely made puddings in years.
So what is it with the French and food? I put it down to the love and care they invariably lavish on the cooking of their food. Don’t get me wrong, once can find excellent restaurants across the globe. Here in Spain for example there are some of the best restaurants in the world. France also has some really excellent world-class restaurants, but it is the quality of your average village restaurant that is worthy of note. They will often serve an exquisitely prepared meal for a relative pittance. The pudding I ate, the object of this article, was served to me as part of the restaurant’s 12€ daily three-course menu.
I had gone over the Pyrenees and was eating in one of my favourite restaurants in the town of Laruns. Both the town and the restaurant have been the object of previous articles, but I can never resist just popping over the border, filling up the car with local edible French goodies, then topping up my own tank with a good meal in the restaurant there.
The restaurant is called “L’Arrégalet” and is on a side-street not that far from the central square:
They call their pudding “La Crème Pignoulet”.
I don’t often ask the restaurants I visit for any details of the food they serve, they are after all running a business, creating and serving their dishes to make money. It does not therefore seem appropriate for me to “steal” any of their secrets, and publish them on the Internet for all to see.
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2017 Lincoln W. Betteridge