My head hurt today…and it was not a result of the complicated verb conjugation from today’s French lesson (although, I do have to admit that the state of my head did complicate things somewhat! I had my French teacher in fits of laughter when I said “J’etais dans le legumes et fruits a Monoprix”…that’s when I learnt the word “le rayon” (which means “department” i.e. I was in the veggie and fruit department of Monoprix, rather than in amongst the actual veggies. Yes – every French lesson is filled with much hilarity!) Anyway, no, that was not the reason my head hurt…surprise, surprise – it was down to me drinking too much last night…and what made it worse was that I had NO intention of doing so. G was away, and so when my friend invited me to join her and her husband for dinner, I decided what the heck. We went to Les Cocottes – which is one of Christian Constant’s Paris restaurants. Food is great, setting is informal and there’s no reservations…so chances are you will get a table if you get there early enough (we were there just before 8pm and we got one of the last tables). Now what I did not know is that M (my friend’s husband) is a sneaky wine “top ‘er upper-er”. I had NO idea and before I knew it, I’d drunk way more than I had anticipated. Arrrgggghhhh, how did I let that happen? I now know M’s modus operandi, and I will not fall for that trick again!
So today called for something semi-healthy yet still comforting. I had a tub of ricotta hanging around the fridge (not sure what made me buy it as I’ve never cooked with it before), so I went on the hunt for something savoury. And I came across this recipe. It was perfect (I replaced the chard with spinach). I’ve already had some, even though it’s only 5pm, as I have to – wait for it – go out and meet another friend for a drink! However, I think this drink may be a cup of tea instead of the alcoholic variety.