France + Puppies + Food: Salut Mimi
It's like we've been waiting for Mimi our whole lives, but she was hiding from us. Growing up we dutifully learned French in school because, well, everyone spoke it at home. Apparently, we were supposed to grow up in Switzerland, which prompted the parental units to learn French. Well, turns out, we ended up in America. Still, we gravitated towards this luxurious and poetic language of love. One of the first songs we learned was this hilarious little ditty: "Où Est Mimi". The lyrics are addictive: "Où est Mimi? Ici? La-bas? Elle se cache sous la chaise, elle joue a cache-cache..."
We don't completely remember how we stumbled on Mimi Thorisson's books (yes plural!). In fact, we don't know what took us so long to discover her blog. It was kismet. Last week, our resident NYC businesswoman by day/chef by night/foodie of the world, Elizabeth Volpe, whet our appetite for European cuisine with her Counterfeit Duck Confit! After salivating over her photographs and the recipe, we were struck by the notion that we too could be Julia Child. Elizabeth offered to let us borrow her blow torch if we decided to follow-through and try the Crème Brûlée recipe she had just posted about. We decided to embark on our culinary training and obsessively look up French cookbooks. Of course we went straight onto Amazon and started exploring the book Elizabeth had adapted her recipe from. And then, a gem appeared in the corner of our Amazon account, twinkling at us: "A Kitchen in France: A year of Cooking in my Farmhouse" (2014) by Mimi Thorisson. Her soon-to-be released October 2016 follow-on-book (you can pre-order it!) then appeared: "French Country Cooking: Meals and Moments from a Village in the Vineyards". Digging deeper, we discovered Mimi's blog: Manger. Be still our Francophile hearts. Incroyable!!! French food and life are at the heart of the site. Mimi has a tribe of adorable children. Based in Médoc, France, the Thorisson clan live on a stunning estate. The matriarch, Mimi, is an extraordinary chef. Did we mention her down-to-earth prose and cosmopolitan background? Her husband is an über-talented photographer. The family are also dog breeders and have puppy portraits all over the site! It's the unicorn of blogs. We are now following both Mimi and her hubby, Oddur, on Instagram and have Googled every article about them. (This 2014 Condé Nast piece is particularly intoxicating.) As they say in French, de rien. Now, pass us the blowtorch.
Picture Credits: Oddur Thorisson