Sunday, June 26, 2011

Chez Tabois

Last time I had a blog entry was over 2 years ago. I got lazy but also will use the cop out that I started the Birds Nest so that occupied my time. I feel inspired to start up again (in a slightly different format) as I have been given the opportunity to work for the Marsh’s at Chez Tabois.

I am a very lucky lady who gets to cook for them this summer at their lovely French home. It is beyond dreamy. I am going to try my best to document my time here along with some recipes.

Where I am situated it is somewhere near Cognac. I would like to know exactly where but every time I get in a car without a local I/we manage to get lost for a couple of hours. Finally purchased a map with landmarks and roads that don’t resemble a treasure hunt scribbled by a 9 year old. I am also in the process of learning how to drive standard. On French roads. By my father.
Have you ever witnessed a grass hopping Peugeot? Er, not pretty at all. Since my parents are visiting this week my Dad has kindly offered to teach me on the RENTAL car. To truly appreciate this you really need to view it person or on video. However, since I end up looking like a rude, ungrateful stressed out, bratty 5 year old, I have opted out.

So far the highlights are:

1. E. Leclerc. Basically the Superstore version for France. I can’t stand Superstore but I am fascinated with E. Leclerc. Mainly because they have an entire aisle devoted to butter! How can there be so many brands? I get it with the cheese but butter (pun, kinda intended). I was in a state of confusion and wonder. I ended up settling on one that was 1.27 euros. I was only in Leclerc for half an hour but I will be going back soon and devoting a good portion of the day to the inner-workings of this food emporium so I can figure out how to find eggs, milk and wine without GPS.

2. Cheap wine! My liver is giving me the middle finger.

3. Sunshine. It exists and is quite prevalent. Be gone SADS!

4. Old buildings and other old things. I am constantly taking clich├ęd photos of doors and stonewall and fountains. I cannot get enough. France is so damn good looking and it’s all in the details.

5. The markets. I love the produce but the vendor’s rule. Last time I was here I cannot remember them being so theatrical, entertaining and charming but anytime someone calls me good looking in order to buy their zucchini I fall hook, line and sinker. Even if it is an 81 year old grandma with a lazy eye.


Smoked salmon, thyme and lemon quiche


Pate Brisee or premade pie crust of your choice (puff pastry or filo)
4 eggs
½ cup of milk
½ teaspoon of thyme
½ teaspoon of lemon rind
½ teaspoon of minced garlic
1 tablespoon of capers
½ cup goat cheese or feta
1 package or 6-8 slices of lox, smoked salmon
shredded Basil (optional)

Preheat oven to 375
Beat eggs and milk. Add remaining ingredients of thyme through goat cheese. Pour into quiche/pie dish. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until quiche is no longer liquid.
Let cool for 10 minutes.
Serve with a salad and a glass of Pouilly Fume. Or any other white you can get your lips on.

A little homemade bread for le petit dejeuner...


  1. my heart is singing with joy! edible diaries is back!

  2. Yeah!! Sounds beautiful-looking forward to you sharing more gastronomic delights.

  3. Amazing Marika!!!!! Looks like you are settling in just fine! Keep up the blog posts, I love them!

  4. love you writing style, especially the wine comment. Keep it coming. Best to Marcel and Joan.