My husband and I love the Tour de France (he’s a keen cyclist and I just watch for the scenery and food! ha.) so every year, on the first night, I do a big French themed dinner. Always yellow and white flowers, fire roaring, and candles! Of course I have candles! In terms of food, I try to make something new each year to push my culinary skills, and this year I did chicken liver & tarragon pate to start (with a small plate of french cheeses that I didn’t make!), then Ina Garten’s Coq Au Vin with cauliflower puree and sauteed green beans for main, followed by Raspberry Clafoutis for dessert.
All of this dinner, with the exception of the few biscuits we ate with the pate, was “keto friendly”. If you don’t know what “keto” is, it’s a ketogenic diet (low carbohydrate, high fat) and we have recently started eating this way and we are really enjoying all the incredible health benefits. It’s not for everyone but it really suits our lifestyle and what I love about it is I have so much more energy and it doesn’t at all feel like a deprivation “diet”. In fact, quite the opposite!
Anyway, all the recipes were pretty simple (especially the chicken liver pate and clafoutis!) so not as much hard work as they look, and all of them were absolutely delicious! I’ve linked the recipes below for you too, if you want to give them a try.
For the chicken liver pate, I followed the recipe although added fresh tarragon and a bit of thyme as these were the only herbs I had. So glad because the pate tasted absolutely delicious!
For the Coq Au Vin, I followed the recipe but didn’t add the flour (which made it more keto-friendly) and it still turned out incredibly delicious! If you’ve never tried cauliflower mash/puree then you MUST! I was the biggest potato consumer you could ever encounter (having Irish and Scottish ancestry I swear I have potato starch in my blood!) and could not have imagined my life without spuds, especially mash as we had it with just about any meat dish, but goodness gracious, cauliflower mash has SO much more flavour. I just steam a whole head of cauliflower florets, then stick-mix it, add a big knob of good quality salted butter, a dash of heavy cream and a decent grating of parmesan and oh my word, it is soooo good!!!! I didn’t even really like cauliflower before, to be quite honest, but I’m converted. It’s so fast, never lumpy (as long as you use a stick mixer) and it goes well with SO many dishes. Truly give it a try and let me know what you think!
Lastly for dessert we had Clafoutis, and if you’ve never heard of, or made, clafoutis, well you’re in for a wonderful surprise! It’s a humble custard-like dessert which is all made in one pan, and honestly, it’s one of the most simple desserts you could make. It also takes no time at all to whip up and can be made with so many varied fruits. I made a keto friendly version (linked below although I didn’t have cherries so used fresh raspberries), which isn’t quite as good as the non-keto version, but still very delicious and I’ll continue to make it going forward. If you have any questions about keto lifestyle or just want to share some yummy, French dishes you love to make, then let me know!