A French Toast to Lewis Carroll – Un toast à Lewis Carroll

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It´s not often that a week goes by around here without something to celebrate and a nice dinner party with family or friends. This week was such a week. This was so unusual that I decided we should celebrate. So on Saturday, i hosted a dinner party to celebrate the fact that for once we didn’t have a big dinner party. Now that I think about it, this party should have had a theme to honor Sir Lewis Carroll and his genius idea of celebrating UN-BIRTHDAYS :0)

The way I see it, if you want to be happy and have a great life, you have to find things worth celebrating. If you can’t find anything worth celebrating? Well, celebrate that! Or what about the fact that you are alive, have a roof over your head and food in your plate? We don’t count our blessings often enough and we CERTAINLY don’t celebrate often enough…

Menu: foie gras made by moi, salmon tartare with trout caviar, roast beef and home made mashed potatoes, cheese from “chez Pierre” and floating islands made from scratch with fresh eggs from the farm.

Ce n’est pas souvent qu’une semaine se passe ici sans quelque chose à fêter et un formidable dîner en famille ou entre amis. Ce fut le cas cette semaine. C’est un fait si rare que j’ai décidé que nous devrions célébrer cela. Ainsi, samedi, j’ai organisé un dîner à la maison pour célébrer le fait que, pour une fois, nous n’avions rien à célébrer. Maintenant que j’y pense, cette soirée aurait dû avoir un thème en l’honneur de Lewis Carroll et de son idée géniale de célébrer les NON-ANNIVERSAIRES :0)

Selon moi, si on veut être heureux dans cette vie, il faut savoir trouver des choses qui méritent d’être célébrées. Et si vous ne trouvez rien? Fêtez donc le fait que vous êtes en vie, avez un toit sur la tête et des patates dans votre assiette! :0)

Menu: terrine de foie gras maison, tartare aux deux saumons et oeufs de truite, rôti de boeuf et pommes de terre en purée, fromage de chez Pierre et îles flottantes maison

57 Comments Add yours

  1. Dominique says:

    Tout à fait d’accord pour fêter les non-anniversaires, je le fait aussi !!!

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  2. I love all of your photos. You have such a nice blog!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thank you so much! I am very glad you like it 😉

  3. Reblogged this on Elizabeth Thomas Photography of Cape Cod and commented:
    Now this is my idea of celebrating life! Good friends, great food, and a phenomenal space to entertain in! Oh forgot to mention the ultimate host… Stephane Gabart!

  4. PS. Love that leather chair! I am trying valiantly to get my couch and love seat to that patina! Dogs wet from the pool do a great job at aging leather! 🙂

  5. That’s why I love your blog, I love your view on life Stephane! In total agreement! Life is too short. Celebrate every moment!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I just wish I had kids (and grand kids) like you. I think life is never really complete without kids. Just looking at your pictures of them makes me smile. Then I get a little sad, but I remember that I have many wonderful nephews I consider my kids… Not exactly the same though…

  6. Leilani says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    In a month’s time, two members of my family have gone off to heaven.
    To Daddy, heaven is most likely a non-stop party with lots of singing.
    To Grandma, heaven is most likely a non-stop party with lots of dancing.
    For me, heaven would be a non-stop dinner party very much like the one shown here at My French Heaven.
    Somehow, the author managed to capture the get-together of my dreams and I hope to:
    A. Get invited to his next party
    B. Get to host a party like this of my own….in France…while speaking French.
    Hope this post sweeps you off to heaven as much as it did me. 🙂

    1. My French Heaven says:

      What a touching note L! You’d better call me next time you’re in France! I will give a dinner party in you honor. We’ll have the most exquisite food, take the good china out and have a grand old time 😉

      1. Leilani says:

        !!!! I will TOTALLY take you up on that. I love European travel and always have a trip fund that we donate to every month. 🙂

        1. My French Heaven says:

          Very smart AND very cool. Someday then… 🙂

  7. This makes me miss my best friend. She lives a few hours away but when I lived near her we would get together regularly with meals like this and wine. 🙂 No particular reason.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      “no particular reason” is the best reason of all. It’s proof that you and her are meant to be friends and that is very special 😉

  8. cecilia says:

    You are surrounded in gorgeous men!! and wonderful food of course.. i have not had a dinner party in FOREVER, people down here in the midwest just don’t do it really, they seem to have sunday lunches or lunch on a holiday.. anyway,(very boring ) I saw your like on my wee pages and so I popped over.. and now i can dine vicariously.. delightful! c

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks Cecilia. I used to live in the midwest and I know exactly what you mean. My advice? Celebrate with your family or work friends. If they are not used to it, get them to embrace it. In my experience, not many people can resist great food and gallons of alcohol… Worst case scenario (or best) CELEBRATE YOUR SELF. Cook or order your absolute favorite food, open your beverage of choice and enjoy in front of your favorite movie of all times. 🙂

      1. cecilia says:

        You are so right, I run a small sustainable farm with grass fed lamb and beef and pork and huge gardens and honey and wine and big fresh eggs, so we feast like kings, I have even built a big verandah so we can eat outside! So even though i have no workmates, unless you count my dog, we always have plenty of divine food and i don’t have to spend much time in the nasty supermarkets down this way.. . I shall pop in again! c

        1. My French Heaven says:

          Don’t tell me you have one of those incredible red barns or I’m going to die! 🙂

          1. cecilia says:

            white and wobbly but it is a barn.. I have peacocks in the rafters!! don’t die, i am just getting to know you!!.. c

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  9. intlxpatr says:

    Oh, it’s that cheese plate that breaks my heart, I think I drooled on the keyboard 😦 LOL!

    Stephan, are the French also experiencing an increase in obesity and diabetes? How are French people adjusting their diets?

    1. My French Heaven says:

      This problem touches every single rich country and the first ones to suffer are the poor and the uneducated… It is really sad. We need to educate kids better… Mind you, we are lucky in that we still have a strong culinary tradition and people still cook at home a lot (it is cheaper and healthier). They also eat 3 square meals a day and never snack…

  10. Yvanne says:

    îles flottantes! I haven’t had that in a long time! I must remedy this!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      They were delicious Yvanne! Let me know how they turn out if you decide to make them 🙂

  11. acflory says:

    I’m glad I’ve already had dinner or I’d be drooling! Next time you have an unparty can I come?

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Of course! That’s what so great about unparties: you can have as many as you want and whenever you feel like it 😉

  12. Agree! We open up a nice bottle of wine for a special occasion. What’s the special occasion? Opening that bottle of course! Love it!

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  13. Sandra says:

    Your blog always makes me feel so comfortable and at home, and so hungry.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I’m glad Sandra! That’s my goal 😉

  14. Elita Pacho says:

    Great pictures! I felt like I was having dinner with you too. I hope to drop by your place in September if our schedule allows.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I hope you do!!

  15. Kate says:

    I’ve just discovered your beautiful blog via Elizabeth at Maison Loupe; gorgeous photos and inspiration, I will enjoy browsing older posts! I’m going to Paris this summer so you’ve whetted my appetite already; merci…

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks Kate! I hope you enjoy the rest of the blog. Have fun in Paris! 🙂

  16. Such lovely photos!

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  17. J’adore ton site, superbes photos! Et c’est vrai, always a reason to celebrate, especially with good cheese and foie gras! Yummie!!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Ha Ha! Merci. C’est très gentil 😉

  18. Beautiful pictures! Love your site.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Oh thank you so much! Glad you dropped by 🙂

  19. ary says:

    sinon manger une pizza livrée par un mec en scooter direct dans le carton devant la TV… mais c’est vrai que ça fait de moins belles photos 😉

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Rien de plus sexy qu’une pizza! Ça ferait des SUPER photos 😉

  20. juliabarrett says:

    This meal looks so lovely, and the company even better.

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  21. Celebrating would be nice, even seeing people would be nice, but nowadays people around here just hibernate in the winter. In sleety, snowy weather like today, who can blame them!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      So sorry to hear that! 😦

  22. Leilani says:

    Oh my goodness! This is the party of my dreams. SO beautiful!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks! You are welcome anytime! 🙂

  23. Vinny Grette says:

    Like like like. Your menu sounds to die for. I LOVE iles flottant and everything else you mentioned. Next time we come to Europe we’ll look you up, for sure 🙂

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Oh I would love to meet you!! Please make sure you do!! 😉

      1. Vinny Grette says:

        Likewise! I also liked your reference to Lewis Carroll 😉 – great post.

  24. amberlife says:

    And everybody looks as though they are having a wonderful time! Which is what it’s all about really.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      You are absolutely right! That’s what it’s all about!! 🙂

  25. I absolutely adore what you said…
    “We don’t count our blessings often enough and we CERTAINLY don’t celebrate often enough…”
    Cheers to that! Thank you for such a lovely Monday reminder!

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