All posts tagged: French

Tasty questions with Edouard Le Goff, Le Chef

Le Chef in the Empire Tavern building features French cuisine with French and New Zealand wines. Open for breakfast lunch and dinner, enjoy something French from Le Chef’s open kitchen. Edouard Le Goff wears many hats at Le Chef and below are his answers to the tasty questions I cooked up for your enjoyment. Describe your restaurant’s food: Fresh, seasonal, and affordable. What is your restaurant’s signature dish? Le dessert du pirate, a chocolate sphere with a surprise inside… Name your favourite comfort food: Eye fillet! What did you have for breakfast? One hot chocolate to warm me up, three free range eggs fried with a bit of baguette and butter, salt on top, easy but so good. What is the most delicious thing you’ve eaten this week? Very busy, so to be honest pasta with butter was my only dish of the week, but perfect & simple. What is an underrated ingredient? French cheese ! What are 3 sources of inspiration to you? Paul Bocuse, the famous French chef Pinterest, always good to see good ideas Customers, their ideas, their point of …

Auckland Eats for Bastille Day

Tuesday 14 July is Bastille Day. In France, it is called La Fête Nationale or Le quatorze juillet (fourteenth of July). This marks the start of the French Reveloution in 1789 and the first anniversary in 1790 a year later. In France there will be fireworks and parades. Here is a list of Auckland restaurants and their Bastille Day celebrations. >> Click on the restaurant names to visit their websites. La Cigale 69 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell Bastille Day celebration $75pp for 3 courses. Expect dishes such as beef Tartare, snails, duck a l’orange. Prize for most French looking table Touquet 23 O’Connelll Street, CBD. Tourquet have a 3 course set menu for Bastille Day: A flute of French sparkling wine, pork and venison terrine, blanquette de veu (veal casserole), creme brulee and madeleine. $58pp. Cheese course for an extra $25. Their regular menu will also be available. La Fourchette 8C Turua Street, St Heliers 3 course set menu with Veuve Clicquot champagne. $70pp. Salmon Tartare or Greek Artichokes or Escargots s/ in Garlic and Tomato Ragout. Pavé de Boeuf, château potatoes, spinach …

GIVEAWAY 4: VENDETTA FILMS – MOOD INDIGO

Today’s giveaway is redeemable in New Zealand only. I am happy to announce as part of Bunny Eats Design’s 3rd year anniversary celebrations, one lucky reader will win a double pass to see the film Mood Indigo courtesy of Vendetta Films. Prize can be redeemed at any participating cinema in New Zealand. I am an out-of-the-closet Francophile. The Koala and I watch lots French movies across loads genres and this one looks set to be a charmer. I’m super excited about Mood Indigo, a whimsical French love story directed by Michel Gondry, the genius behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. “Fantastical French romance starring Audrey Tautou (Amelie), Romain Duris (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) and Omar Sy (The Intouchables), from inventive filmmaker Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind, The Science of Sleep). Based on the 1947 novel Froth on the Daydream, the story follows the courtship and marriage of a young couple. Heartbreak ensues when the woman, develops an illness that can only be treated by surrounding her …

Bastille Day

Tomorrow is Bastille Day and like any Francophile, I’m going to be celebrating by eating something French and listening to French music. It just so happens that French Onion Soup is on my bucket list this winter so that might be the ticket. What French things do you think you’ll get up to tomorrow?

French food and truffles

I had a lovely foodie day yesterday celebrating Bastille Day.  I adore French cuisine (who doesn’t) and it is a dream of mine to one day eat French food in France. Yesterday, some of us at work dressed up in French inspired garb and we had an incredible feast for morning tea. Morning tea is a big deal at my work. Because we have a lot of early starters, not everyone is around for afternoon tea so morning is the only time we can get everyone together. Our French inspired morning tea consisted of: Baguette Croissants Pain au chocolat Chicken and cranberry pâté Mushroom and brandy pâté Cheese Cream cheese Ham Cake Pickles It was so delicious and a lot of fun assembling your own bite sized morsels of goodness. I forgot how much I love pâté. We ate as much as we could and there was plenty left over. If only the French had siesta I could crawl under my desk and have a nap. Sabato Field Trip A couple of hours later, I gathered …

Sexy French Sausages

I hadn’t been to Nosh in ages so I visited there on Wednesday afternoon. Yip, still love that place.  It was ok weather when I left the house but it was pelting felines and canines the whole walk back. Committed much? I’m still convinced that you can shop smartly there and come out better off than your giant Australian chain. $3 for 3 avocados? Yes please! A bag of rocket for $2.50? Don’t mind if I do. I was casually browsing the meat section as I usually do, when I spied some sexy French sausages. The sausages sang to me, “Bonjour, mon cher ami, bon-jo-ur!” and I shyly fudged a little high-school French back. There was something very likeable about these sausages and we became instant friends. Later on, with sausages safely tucked away in the fridge, I asked The Googe about these new sausage friends of mine. I guess asking The Googe about a new ingredient is like Facestalking someone you’ve just befriended. The Googe says: Toulouse sausage. Pronunciation: too-LOOZ Notes: This exquisite French …