Yes, my friends, on the 5th July 2014 we will start the gastronomic journey that is le Tour de France all over again.
Last year, my goal was to keep up with Gabriel Gaté as he cooked his way through le Tour on behalf of SBS (a local TV station here in Australia), trying out his recipes in my kitchen the day after his cooking segment went to air. Well, I did that already! And while I had very little sleep and loads of fun, this year I have decided to change things up a little.
With the Tour route in hand, I have spent the last month trawling through countless recipes from France, Belgium and England in order to bring you my culinary take on le Tour de France for 2014. This year while I will be cooking alongside le Tour, just like Gabriel, I will be making my own recipe selections each evening to showcase and bring to you all the regional specialties and gastronomic wonders le Tour has to offer.
Sure, there will be some guys riding bikes, too much lycra and the odd crazy bloke (probably an Australian) draped in a flag running up the Alpe d’Huez in speedos… but more importantly there will be food. If last year is anything to go by, there will be food for the soul, hidden gems of simplicity that will become week night staples, and that easy celebration of seasonal produce that the French seem to have mastered. This year, I aim to bring honest, classic food from France, Belgium and England to your doorstep. Sit back, strap in, indulge your senses and if you’re game, get in the kitchen (shhh, you know you can do it!)
Stay tuned to the blog! Over the coming weeks I’ll begin to populate my list of upcoming recipes for le Tour 2014. I look forward to sharing my journey with you!