This past Sunday, Paul took a group of volunteers out to sample some authentic French cuisine. The meal was an eight course, 3-hour experience that everyone really enjoyed. We went to the nearby village of Bardenac to Restaurant Poirier. Restaurant Poirier serves traditional work man’s lunch during the week, but then on Sunday lunch, this family run restaurant serves some extravagant and fabulous French cuisine.
We all sat down at a cute table outside surrounded by beautiful flowers.
Paul suggested we start our meal with an aperitif. We tried Pineau, a traditional drink that only comes from this area of Charente. The sweet drink comes in both red and white; our group sampled both. It was perfect to wet our appetites. Soon afterwards, the food began to arrive. The meal started with a delicious homemade vegetable soup. One of the volunteers, Jan, even tried the soup the traditional French way known as Chabrot; she poured in a little of her red wine with the soup and then sipped out of the side of the bowl. Next we had a melon charcuterie course, a fish course, and then a meat course. At this point we were all starting to get quite full. Luckily, we had our dessert stomachs ready to eat the cheese course and the dessert course that followed.
Homemade Vegetable Soup
The vegetable soup was creamy and perfect for dipping our bread in!
The melon charcuterie featured fresh juicy melon, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella with tomatoes, and foie gras.
The perfectly cooked medium rare steaks were served with yummy mushrooms, and potato quiche.
The cheese course came with a wonderful variety of cheeses that we all loved sampling.
The dessert had fresh strawberries, creamy ice cream and was topped with whipped cream.
We hope you enjoyed looking at the photos of this wonderful meal! We are all so grateful to have tried this delicious French cuisine.