“I can’t think of a specific meal, but my favourite country for food has got to be France.” ~ Giles Foden
Good morning, my friends. Welcome to ‘At Table.’ Today, I would like to talk about a remarkable young woman, Mimi Thorisson. There are many reasons I feel Thorisson is remarkable. One, in particular, she is the mother of eight. And in my opinion, that qualifies her as ‘truly remarkable.’ However, there is more ~ much more. And just in case you are not familiar with her, I will share a little background information.
Mimi Thorisson in her kitchen in Medoc.
I first became acquainted with Mimi Thorisson through her blog, Manger (translation, to eat). Thorisson was born and raised in China. Her father was Chinese and her mother was French. She would spend summers and holidays in France with her grandmother and aunts. It was there she learned her way around a kitchen, the love of good food, and the art of skillful preparation. Her grandmother and her aunts were all wonderful cooks and she thoroughly enjoyed learning from them.
Going forward a few years, when Thorisson and her husband, Oddur (a professional photographer from Iceland), were in their mid-30s they made a life-changing move. A move that would lead them down many new and different roads. They moved from their small Paris apartment to a large stone farmhouse in Médoc, France. Médoc (French pronunciation: meˈdok) is a region of France, well known as a wine-growing region, located north of Bordeaux. This peninsula on the Atlantic was considered one of France’s last frontiers until Thorisson arrived and her blog, Manger, captured the hearts of its readers. In April 2013, Manger was named Saveur’s Best Regional Food Blog. Quite an honor.
Following this award of her successful blog, her first cookbook, A Kitchen In France, was published in 2014. Followed in 2016, by the publishing of French Country Cooking: Meals and Moments from a Village in the Vineyards.
“No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.” ~
A Pear Flognarde is a rustic cake with origins in the Limousin region of France. It is rather like a big pancake filled with marvelous pears. In the Occitan language, flognarde means “soft.” This is a lovely and easy dessert – be sure to give it a try.
4 Tbls. unsalted butter, plus more for the cake pan
6 medium pears, such as Bartlett
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 Tbls. dark run
4 large eggs
1 Tbls. honey
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped out and reserved
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 2/3 cup whole milk
1 Tbls. brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350. Peel pears, cut into quarters and remove the cores. In a large sauté pan, heat 2 Tbls. of the butter. Add pears, sprinkle with 1 1/2 Tbls of granulated sugar, and cook, turning them once, until golden, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle with rum and simmer for about 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside to cool. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, remaining sugar, honey, vanilla seeds, and salt. Whisk until frothy. Melt the remaining 2 Tbls. of butter and whisk into the batter, along with the flour and milk, whisking until smooth. Scrape the pears and all of their juices into the prepared pan. Pour the batter on top and sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake until puffed and golden, about 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool for at least 15 minutes on a wire rack before unmolding. The cake will deflate gradually as it cools. Serve warm or at room temperature. It is quite lovely with rum ice cream or a dollop of crème fraîche.
“We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.” ~ Anna Thomas
In closing, I hope you have enjoyed being ‘At Table’ today.
Know how much I appreciate your visit and I do hope you will try the recipes.
Beautiful autumn days with special times, ‘At Table.’
The next post of ‘At Table’ will be November 20, 2019.
Notes on the Chou Farçi ~ what I did differently. I had on hand a regular head of green cabbage, so this is what I used (as you can see in the photo). Because I do not have a Charlotte mold, I made it in a single layer. It was about one and a half-inch thick. However, in using a 9 inch round glass cake pan, it turned out perfectly. The next time I make it, I will use the Savoy cabbage, as the leaves are larger, more flexible and prettier too. Also, when you cut this, use a very sharp knife in order to prevent smashing the slices. Charlotte molds are readily available at several online sources, I think I will purchase one.
Rabelais spice is a mix of allspice, nutmeg, and curry ~ a traditional spice in France since 1820.
Both recipes given today are from Thorisson’s book, A Kitchen In France.
Images: Pinterest, tumblr, S. Lambiotte
14 thoughts on “At Table ~ Mimi Thorisson”
Oh, we have enjoyed our visit today, Sandra. I had not heard of Mimi Thorisson before, so thank you for the link to her blog; I’ll be checking it out. The two recipes you share look so delicious. Something to try on one up these cool indoor days. Many thanks.
Wishing you a beautiful day. Bren
Many thanks, Brenda. I do think you will enjoy the recipes. Wishing you a lovely autumn day – we finally have rain!
Mimi looks an amazing person!Love the recipes and the interesting information you shared!Hugs!
Maristella, Mimi is an amazing person. Have a lovely day, my friend.
Sandra, I am enjoying this series so much and was looking forward to the October edition. Thank you for giving me a formal introduction to Mimi. I follow her on Instagram but did not know much about her. I will definitely check out her blog. Your Chou Farci looks delicious and thank you for sharing the recipe…I love stuffed cabbage! The Pear Flognarde has to be fabulous and I must give it a try. As always, the photos and commentary are superb! Happy Wednesday sweet friend!
Dear Pam, many thanks for your kind words. I do believe, you will enjoy the recipes. I am making one of her soup recipes today. If it tates as wonderful as it looks, I will post it later. Happy you are enjoying the series. Have a great day, my friend.
I have been waiting in anticipation for your next “At Table” post. I can’t wait to try the pear flognarde. It sounds most delicious and such a perfect dessert for the autumn season. I hope you are enjoying October and the beautiful fall days. Happy Wednesday, sweet friend!!!
Oh, Shannon, I do believe you will enjoy the Pear dessert. It really is tasty, not too sweet, just right. It is also nice if you have a friend for coffee. Happy you are enjoying the series. Wishing you lovely autumn days, my friend.
I’ve been familiar with her blog for a long while and it is lovely. I’m sure the books are as well. Quick question on your pear cake — what size pan did you use and is it one layer? Just trying to figure baking time — sometimes with a cake moist with fruit they can take a little longer to be done but pan size makes such a difference. It’s a lovely post, Sandra. Thanks for this one. And I love this series!
Jeanie, I used a 9 inch glass cake pan. I checked it at 30 min. and then it was ready at 35. My oven is not really hot at 350. Thanks for your kind words, Jeanie.
All the recipes you shared sound wonderful! My daughter has Mimi’s cookbook. I remember one particular visit I became engrossed in reading it. I haven’t looked at her blog for a long time. I must give her a visit.
Thank you for sharing your photos and lovely commentary.
Dear Bonnie, thank you. I am happy you are familiar with Mimi. Her recipes are like many French recipes, not difficult – some are time-consuming. She is a remarkable young woman. I thank you, Bonnie, for your visit and am pleased you are following along. Happy Autumn to you.
What a wonderful post Sandra! I have heard of Mimi (8!! Children!!) but haven’t taken the time to “meet” her properly, which now I cant wait to! Hope your weekend is wonderful. Xo Lidy
Thank you, Lidy. I know you will enjoy reading about Mimi, you will most likely be familiar with many areas she refers to and many of her dishes. Have a lovely weekend.
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