Dinner at Muriel and Nicholas'
Lovely as usual, although they're almost old enough to be my parents they're really nice people and definately young at heart. They moved here from Paris a couple of years ago and are really keen to do different things, break the cycle of the "provinces"...hence the reason they've been so hospitable towards me I think. Maya the daughter is supercute and made me read from a book about horses so she could correct my French pronounciation!
Dinner last night was amazing!
Foie gras on toast with Martini aperitif
SNAILS! I had a suspicion they were going to be served but was still kinda taken aback when presented with a plate of 10 massive snails and told "Bon appetit". Yeah so basically they're cooked for like 5 minutes, covered ina buttery, garlicy sauce (was kinda worried of my garlic allergy but I'm still alive!) and brought to you in the shells. You use a cocktail stick or special forks to pull them out, but they come away pretty easily and are small enough for not too much chewing to be necessary. They were fine, I wouldn't say my favourite food but I ate all 10! Description, hmm... not at all slimey, meatier than I expected, a bit rubbery.
Roasted lamb, potato noisettes and green beans...yummy yummy yummy!
Galette...an almondy cake
Even better than dinner was two compliments which have really boosted me:
1) being told they think my French is improving :-) this made me really really happy that they'd noticed. I even got complimented on my "u" which was always one of my tutor's bugbears with me! Woooo! Maybe they were just being nice, and this was after a couple of glasses of wine which always helps my French but yeah I'm gonna believe them.
2) Muriel said the teachers all talk about me and say how good I am as English prof. Apparently in the past they've always had problems with assistants (maybe the reason for the slightly chilly reception from some teachers in the first few days) but apparently they're pretty pleased with me!
:-) :-) :-)