It took me all of ten seconds to decide I should attempt a warm goat cheese salad for this month’s Recipe Redux’s “Most Memorable Vacation Meal” challenge.
Even though it’s been more than a decade, I can still see and taste the original warm goat cheese and fig salad on which this one is based. It just goes to show how powerful food memories can be!
So, where did this food memory take place? In a fancy restaurant? Nope. In a food court. Not just any food court, but the Galeries Lafayette department store food hall, a cross between a gourmet supermarket and food court, in the heart of Paris.
Photo Credit: Flickr – designmatters
I was taking part in a weeklong culinary vacation, called “Unpolished Paris” that forever changed my relationship with food. It was on this trip I vowed to never again settle for tasteless, over-processed food. (Life is too short and delicious real food too wonderful!) And to try to live my life more like the the slim and elegant French ladies I saw everywhere.
The flavors and textures of that warm fig and goat cheese salad delighted me in a way food never had done before. It was one of many food memories created that week, for which I am forever grateful.
This is my interpretation as best as I can recall and recreate it with the ingredients available. I enjoyed this warm fig and goat cheese salad for lunch today and was immediately transported back to that Paris department store lunch counter…