Weekend Special – Celebrating Bastille Day

Happy Bastille Day! Even if you don’t have a tri-color flag to fly to you can celebrate la Bastille. Simply track down the red sneakers and navy blue t-shirt you wore on the 4th of July, add some festive French food and … voila!

Here are a few ideas for a French summer feast:

To Start:
To get in a festive mood, start with a Kir Royale. Then keep the appetizers simple and light with a lots of fresh vegetables. Dip them into a bit of Tapenade or White Bean Dip. You may want to add a crispy cracker or two.

If you want to get a little fancy, a mug of Asparagus Soup, served hot or cold, will make a lovely start to your meal.

The Main Event:
When I think of Bastille Day I think of dinners on the Lake of Geneva, so
Filet de Perche is a natural choice! Serve it with steamed new potatoes and green beans. If you want to take the cooking outside, Grilled Lamb is a great choice. Add some Grilled Vegetables and New Potatoes to complete the main course.

Salad & Cheese:
No need to rush. Add a salad and cheese course for a leisurely meal. (A traditional French meal would have both a salad and a cheese course but I like to combine them.) Create a beautiful arrangement of two or three of your favorite cheeses and some fruit if you like. A lovely piece of brie, a bit of goat cheese and maybe a cheddar or gruyere make a nice combination. Serve them with a simple green salad which has been lightly tossed with a Classic Vinaigrette and a loaf of your favorite artisanal bread.

Sweet Treats:
A luscious mousse, be it Chocolate or Lemon is sure to please for dessert. Although you might prefer my favorites Tart Citron (Lemon Tart) or a really decadent Triple Chocolate Parfait.

Have a fun and enjoy a festive feast! Bon appétit!

Kir Royale

Crème de cassis

Pour about 1 tablespoon of crème de cassis in each champagne flute. Carefully fill each glass with champagne and serve.

For a Kir without the Royale – substitute the champagne with dry white wine.

Will you celebrate Bastille Day? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. To make a comment, just click on Comments below. I’d be delighted to add you to the growing list of blog subscribers. To subscribe: just scroll back up, fill in your email address and click on the Sign Me Up button. You’ll get an email asking you to confirm your subscription … confirm and you will automatically receive a new story and recipe every week.

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3 thoughts on “Weekend Special – Celebrating Bastille Day

  1. We watched the fireworks from the top of our hill last night. From Divonne to all down the other side of the lake. It was gorgeous and a beautiful clear night for it as well after the weeks of rain. A great way to celebrate!


  2. Susan, this special reminded me of one of the best vacations I ever enjoyed. In 1995 my wife (now deceased since 2007) and I spent 3 weeks in southern France visiting my brother and his family who live in a small town not far from Toulouse. On July 14 we were in Cannes enjoying the fireworks while sitting on the rocks along the Mediterranean..
    We spent 3 weeks in France and I hope to return some day soon.
    In September my brother and his wife will be here in Nashua for his 50th high school reunion.
    I love your daily feeds especially the recipes and the fact that you’re right here in this beautiful state.

    Richard, Nashua


    • Richard -Thank you for your kind words. I am so happy that you were able to have such a special vacation with your wife. Skip down a few days to read about one of my Bastille Day adventures in the village of Yvoire. Have a happy Bastille Day and a great weekend. Take care, Susan


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