Well, where were you? I would like to say that I was in a Parisian Bistro, drinking a class of champagne when I tried my first taste of a creamy, yet bold Pate. And my handsome dinner companion was someone named Phillipe or Francois with a sexy French accent. I was in a city with an Old World European flair.
Yes, I mean New Orleans. New Orleans has a long-standing tie to France. The evidence is all over the city in its food, architecture, art, museums and jewelry. Louisiana officially adopted the French Fleur de lis or Fleur de lys as a state symbol in April of 2008.
The timing seems very odd since the Fleur de lis symbol is everywhere in Louisiana. It was used when Nouvelle Orleans was founded in 1717. We obviously fell in love with the symbolism that dates back to early Babylonia and Egypt. The French clearly identified with the symbol when France’s first King, Philip the First adopted a version of the symbol.
New Orleans was certainly formed with a strong French influence. The food that I love so was influenced by French cuisine. Although my first liver food memory is not as fancy as, Pate and champagne.
In my childhood home, my Mom served liver and onions occasionally. I remember how unattractive it always looked while cooking. Early on, I learned to douse it in ketchup It was an occasional item, until my Dad finally put his “foot down” and refused to eat it. I tried that with my Mom once, but it didn’t go over so well.
As my palette improved, I enjoyed trying new foods. Pate served with French Bread was a brilliant upgrade to liver and onions. Liver or pâté is not celebrated by all. All of us, that celebrate pâté, have a certain understanding between us.
I am sharing my pâté so that “those who do enjoy, may”. My husband, is not a fan of pâté . Of course, we won’t talk about all the things that he has learned to appreciate over the years. He is standing firm on staying away from Pate. C’est la vie.
To your list, I would also strongly urge that you include a Pate served in France. It is exquisite to share a bottle of vino or Champagne over fresh Pate while traveling throughout any of the French cities. C’est si bon!
Shout out to Alexa for Juliette Greco. Greco is a perfect music companion for a Toasty French Bread, Cornichions, Pate and Champagne. If you are not familiar, shout out to your own Alexa or search the net. As I am writing, I want to book a flight to Paris and stroll on the Champs-Elysees or Latin Quarter.