Day Four of our Trip to France

We awoke to watery sunshine then went back to sleep.  We dozed for ages, it was so relaxing.  We read and drank coffee then went for a drive at about 3.00pm, by which time it was raining again.  We climbed Mont D’Or where D had been the previous evening but the 56 steps of the tower defeated me so I couldn’t see the view of Baie Mont St. Michel in all it’s glory.  Back to the cottage for another snooze!

Out again at 7.00pm to look for a restaurant, drove past one that looked good, but set in empty countryside, no cars outside either, not a good omen. Into the local port where everything was Pizza or Crepe, not the options we wanted to explore, so off we went to St Malo – surely things would be more tempting there? Alas, no! Feeling quite hungry by now, we drove back to the lonely restaurant, ‘Terre et Mer’ (or Surf and Turf as the Americans would say.) We were the only diners, a sad situation at this time of year. I had an aperitif of Kir, which was made with white wine and Mure (a blackberry liqueur) which tasted quite different from those usually made with Cassis (blackcurrant).

We ordered a bottle of Chablis which was too chilled to taste well. An ‘amuse bouche’ with very thin toast and a salmon mousse concoction and a foam sauce. Very tasty! We both chose the smoked salmon which had been smoked at the premises, again a lovely flavour and it covered the plate, just the way I like it to do, a foam sauce with tiny peas and tiny coins of radish, quite delicious.

Rather too soon for my liking, the main dishes arrived – Rabbit Fricasée for D, I chose Roasted Dorade (sea bream). Unusually for a French restaurant this came with fresh vegetables, a welcome change and then, horror of horrors, I found the courgettes! But the fennel, carrots and peas were good. Another foam sauce. Far too fast, the dessert arrived, Crepes au Pommes with a caramel sauce for D and Oeufs de Neige for me, with Creme Patissierie. Good, but too much. Done and dusted in an hour! Oh my, what ever happend to the legendary long dinners?

Between the main course and dessert, I had some kind of allergy attack, my throat closed up, my face went blotchy and I couldn’t stop sneezing. We had noticed a strange musty smell when we arrived so perhaps there were spores in the air.After dinner we drove into the Port, 9.15pm, for a digestif in a bar, no deal – they go to bed early here!!


Toni Anne

a small Welsh woman who left Wales at the age of 18 and has rarely been back since. She has a daughter whom she adores and a partner who lives down the road. Toni studied fine art and, if she didn't have to work to pay the mortgage, would like to paint daily. She enjoys good food and wine but doesn't get the chance to cook very often since her man does most of it. Toni reads a lot, mostly travel and food writing but also enjoys Terry Pratchett's DiscWorld novels. She doesn't watch TV very much but usually has the radio playing, mostly Radio 3 or 4.