Paris. Metz. Verdun. Bitche. These are all the places I visited in France. I went to Paris twice, once with my family and once with my BFF and RD for a 40th birthday cooking weekend celebration. Anywhere in France is really my favorite. I can’t believe I didn’t frequent the country more since I lived on the border of Germany and France. Come and talk a walk through France with me for a moment. I may leave a few things I learned as well.
What is there to say except that you must go if you haven’t been! I have been twice and still haven’t seen all there is to offer.
We stopped at Metz on the way to Verdun. It’s a quaint little French town that is known to local Americans as “THE” flea market destination. We got to explore on a market day which was bustling with lots of people and vendors.
Verdun is a the bloodiest battle site of WWI.
It was also the longest battle lasting from February 21 to December 18 in 1916.
The 303 day battle left behind 976,000 casualties.
L’ossuaire de Douaumont is a memorial that contains the actual bones and remains of the fallen. You can actually look inside the tombs and see the bones inside the ossuary.
Actual trenches used in WWI!
Yep, I typed that correctly. Bitche was about 40 minutes from my house. The Citadel is so amazing! My kids and parents got to go with us as we explored this 13th century fortress. It was used throughout history and in WWII. It was one of the busiest military camps due to its location close to the German border and Maignot Line.
Well, I couldn’t help it!
I love all my memories I have living overseas, but France is special because of the food and all the history. A French breakfast was always a favorite of mine at a little cafe or patisserie. Coffee and baguettes are the center of my breakfast. Surprisingly, salad was also a side dish I would find on my morning plate.
My memories of France gave me the inspiration for this recipe, since the theme of The Recipe Redux is about places we have traveled. I wanted to put my spin on my French favorites. Bon appetit!
- Loaf of French bread
- 1 cup milk
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 avocado, mashed
- 1 small tomato, sliced
- Bunch of arugula
- eggs, poached
- Salt & Pepper
- Balsamic vinegar
- Preheat a large skillet or griddle to medium heat.
- Cut loaf into 1/2 inch slices (about 8-10 slices).
- Whisk together: eggs, milk, and garlic powder.
- Pour into a pie plate.
- Add slices of bread into the egg mixture, soaking up the mixture on both sides for several seconds.
- Add butter or margarine to skillet or griddle.
- Add slices of bread to pan and let cook on each side until golden brown.
- Remove from pan and slightly cool.
- Add mashed avocado on top of toast.
- Top with sliced tomato, arugula, and poached egg.
- Salt and pepper toast.
- Drizzle balsamic vinegar over the top as desired.
- Serve with fresh fruit and prosciutto.
Note: If you need help poaching an egg, this tutorial from The Kitchn’ is helpful.