|'Bon Appetit' 8x6 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I happen to be a terrible cook. But I have a fascination with all things food. My favorite shows are anything cooking/chef related and I have tremendous admiration for those who master the fine art of cooking. So when our group of five decided to have a meal prepared by a private chef at our home in France I was filled with anticipation! And we were not disappointed.
The evening actually began months before we left for France. A chef was recommended to us and Tena did the correspondence and made the arrangements. Our chef would be chef Julien Lafoix. You can follow him on Instagram @julien_lafoix_chef_a_domicile. Chef Julien sent us suggested menus (in French). We all voted and it was unanimous. We would have lobster and lavender ice-cream for dessert. None of could remember what else was on the menu so it would be a surprise.
|Our lobster in waiting!|
|Chef Julien at work|
|And he was an entertainer too! :)|
At the appointed hour and as scheduled Chef Julien invited us into the dining room. He had set the table and lit the candles in the chandelier. It was the perfect setting for the meal to come.
|Julien set a lovely table and lit the candles in the chandelier. It was magical!|
|Gazpacho and fried goat cheese with fresh herbs from the chef's garden|
|Lobster in a decadent sauce|
|Broccoli rabe with a coconut dipping sauce|
Then came dessert. For some reason I didn't get a photo of the dessert. It might have something to do with the after dinner drink chef Julien brought. It was something made from Thyme.....for the digestion of course! It was powerful stuff and I actually only had a sip. But dessert was special. chef Julien prepared wonderful little cakes with lavender ice-cream from his grandmother's recipe. It was the perfect ending for a wonderful meal.
|You only need a thimble full....it's for the digestion!|
|The group posed with chef Julien. I am on the right.|
|And for breakfast....leftover cakes and delicious French butter|