This weekend our shops are celebrating France's national holiday with French specials on our menus and in the shop. From cheese to pastries, to a recipe for Salade Lyonnaise, we're delighting in French classics.
The story of LA FROMAGERIE begins with a wheel of BEAUFORT CHALET D'ALPAGE; 27 years later and with over 100 French cheeses in our library, France is still an excellent place to start exploring cheese. In France, more so than possibly anywhere else, the variety of terroir - that magical combination of local terrain, altitude, soil and climate - accounts for the great diversity of the cheese. Some French cheeses are only sold locally, and many have their own distinctive characteristics; for instance, some are wrapped in leaves, while others are thickly coated in herbs, or washed in brine or alcohol. The names of many cheeses tie them to and can indicate the village or particular hill or mountain where they are made. From the caves of Combalou to the Mountains of Savoie, learn about the connection between place and product as you explore our selection of cheese from this fantastic country.
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Salade Lyonnaise is a French classic - in Lyon, from where it originates, it is typically found on the menus of tiny eateries called bouchons, which specialise in comfort foods. The combination of the bitter greens with the crunch from breadcrumbs, the flavour & texture of the crisp lardons and the creamy richness of the poached egg make this a balanced salad that really demonstrates the deliciousness of simple food done well.
Makes 2 servings
4 cups mixed bitter greens, such as frisée, radicchio & escarole
50 grams smoked pancetta, cut into lardons
2 large eggs
1 medium shallot, finely minced
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper, to taste