Wednesday, May 13, 2009

French Fried

We’re having food issues at La Mom’s house. Big Fry’s definitely pulled a Sarkozy-like power play. My fabulous eater who used to scarf down everything from Thai basil shrimp to duck liver pâté now selects from four food groups – French fries, bananas, yoghurt, and olives. Yes, olives as a food group – that’s how desperate I am.

But at least I know he’s getting a square meal when he goes to school – wait, make that gourmet extravaganza.

Here’s a rundown of Big Fry’s menu this week:


Appetizer: Fresh spring salad with mozzarella and Provence-style vinaigrette

Entrée: Roast veal with onion gravy, broccoli garnished with parsley, Camembert from Poitou

Dessert: Freshly baked madeleine cakes

Dinner suggestions:
Radish salad, sautéed leeks and salmon with béchamel sauce, chocolate mousse


Appetizer: Cucumbers and corn with herbed feta cheese cubes

Entrée: Farm-style pan-fried turkey breast, spring vegetable medley, Fourme d’Ambert blue cheese

Dessert: Vanilla flan with gingerbread topping

Dinner suggestions:
Canteloupe with prociutto, vegetable quiche, fresh fruit salad

School rules dictate that kids taste everything they’re served. Apparently Big Fry has no problem cleaning his plate when he’s there, no matter if it’s run-of-the-mill rôti de porc or lamb and chickpea curry.

I’m not sure if his palate is turning French, though – here’s our typical after-school conversation:

La Mom: What did you have for lunch today, sweetie?

Big Fry: Chicken. (Insert pint-sized Gallic shrug here.)

As for the helpful dinner suggestions that the school posts, here’s what’s on the menu at La Mom’s tonight:

Appetizer: Cheerios Miel & Noix with side dish of olives

Entrée: PB&J

Chocolate pudding

Hey, at least it’s three courses.


Check back on Monday to get the dish on the most notorious maman at the park – Mooch Mommy!

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Kisses on both cheeks,

La Mom


Suburbia Steph said...

Sometimes you gotta feed them whatever they'll eat!

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

That's quite the school menu! They are eating better than most adults in Canada. Fun post again, liiking forward to Mooch Mom on Monday...I know you will be in good form for that one! Have a great weekend.

StyleSpy said...

Good googly-moogly! Is he attending the Cordon Bleu????

ModernMom said...

I'd be sneaking in and stealing the left overs at your babies school! Sounds delish!
PS I'm sure olives are a food group

Under the Influence said...

I am heading to school with Big Fry one day so I can get a decent meal.

Can't wait to hear about Mooch Mommy!

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

Big Fry is one lucky "jeunne homme". Never feel the slightest guilt for giving PB&J, with that school menu, he is already living the life!! Does he put the olives on each one of his fingers?!
Can't wait for Monday (:

a H.I.T. said...

Maybe he's full from school?

parlezvouskiwi said...

Mouth watering menu! Mmmmmmm.

Anonymous said...

Wow, english school meals are sooo shite compared to that!

the paris apartment said...

Wow! That's some menu. Will he eat it? Thanks for stopping by my blog to say hi. I'm loving reading about your full time life in my favorite city. I did add your link to my site and hope we can meet one day in Paris!

Jennifer said...

I want to have lunch at his school.

SuZ said...

That's one fancy smancy menu!

Banteringblonde said...

Don't you love how your kids will eat for others and fight you on every bite at home? I'm a big fan of pbj for dinner!

Monkey Girl said...

Ooooooh, I'm coming over to your house for dinner.


La Mom said...

@Monkey Girl -- PB&J and Château Petrus coming right up, Madame!

Kelli said...

I am so sorry to hear this! The meals you are making sound amazing... I have to head directly to my kitchen, although sadly I know I won't find anything as yummy as what you wrote about.
I have been thinking about taking a few day cooking classes this July... any suggestions?

KC said...

Please keep posting the school menu! I love seeing the food they pair helps me with my own meal planning! That would be a great standing post every week!

Thanks so much for all your writing, I look forward to it!


The Antiques Diva™ said...

Oh to be a Parisian school kid... somehow the Tuna Sandwich I'm planning for lunch just seems down right boring!!

Lara Nicholls South Africa said...

Glad to see I am not the only one now resorting to a limited menu - ours is grilled cheese, yoghurt, chocolate pudding and our fourth food group is tomato sauce (ketchup!)


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