When we think of French food, it’s cliché to think of gourmet food made with rich butter and plenty of cream. Then in France, especially in the very traditional towns, I observe that most people are in fact very slim and seem like they are in great health. How does this work out? Oh, the other very cliché part of French cuisine is imagining tiny portions on the plate.
During this summer I have been very lucky to be able to experience great homemade French food, at a home, every day. The truth is that the daily dishes were very high in salads and lower in meats. They were definitely low in creamy things or things bathed in fat. A little bit of butter can be spread on the bread. And plenty of gorgeous summer fruits were the normal for dessert.
That must be how the French people stay so slim!
One day during the weekend, however, we went for a ride into the amazing countryside to have lunch at L’Estaminet de L’Andouiller, in a village called Douriez. I had published this map in a previous post but I think Douriez was a bit blurry. I’ve circled it here in blue.
I would describe the food here as hearty traditional Northern French gourmet food. Everything was so tasteful. The heavier foods were lighter in portion. The proportions were just perfect to feel perfectly satisfied but not overly stuffed. I must say the prohibited D word, everything was Delicious. I had banned myself from writing this on my blog about my own food, but I think I must make exceptions for exceptional restaurants.
This is probably what we envision that the French people eat all the time, but this is what they eat once in a while.
As a starter I had a andouille (tripe) terrine baked with goats cheese and speculoos bread. After that I had stuffed quail with vegetable and French fries. Then some prune pudding for dessert. It may sound awfully heavy, but it was just perfect. Besides, evidently, I like eating a lot.
Just in case you would like to visit, here are the opening hours, or to be precise the closing days: Monday mornings and all day Wednesdays.
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Address: Michel Vasseur, 15 Place du Marché, 62870, Douriez, France // Telephone: + 33 03 21 90 41 53