She is gorgeous, generous and cooks like a modern version of Julia Child. He is handsome, funny and takes the most amazing photos.
My friend Liz Thomas, one of the best photographers I know (Elizabeth Thomas Photography) introduced me to an amazing blog called “Manger“. It so happens that its author Mimi Thorisson, her husband Oddur, their four kids and 19 dogs live right across the river from me in a charming stately home in the Medoc nested between the woods, the vineyard and the ocean.
Mimi and Oddur decided to leave their busy Paris life and settle here to enjoy true French Country Living. She cooks and writes. He takes pictures and breeds the most adorable Fox Terriers you’ve ever seen (they said they’d give me one :0) Mimi just finished shooting the first 6 episodes of her new cooking show for French Cable.
Last Friday, they did me the great honor of visiting me in Saint Emilion with their friends from Iceland (where Oddur is from), his mom (the nicest and most gracious lady I have ever met), the kids (who got to skip school) and one of the dogs.
Of course we first went to the Farmers’ Market where we bought fresh foie gras and the most amazing Brie and home made truffle butter. We then went to my baker Sylvain (remember the post I wrote on him?) and bought tons of bread. I also got all of my favorite little cakes from Lopez while their backs were turned, which made for a lovely surprise at the end of our lunch.
I had prepared a very formal table in my dining room, but we started with an aperitif outside on the terrasse and ended up having our whole meal out there. What I had expected to be a formal affair turned into a wonderful bohemian style family thing, which I thought was an absolute delight…
I knew that Mimi liked garlic, duck and foie gras. I also knew her dad was Chinese. So I decided to cook, with Mimi’s assistance, my famous duck wontons in morel and port sauce (full recipe on her blog). I had also prepared my favorite appetizer (my very own salmon tartare) which I think they liked very much.
After this really great family lunch in the garden at the town house, we headed for my Bed & Breakfast and took a nice walk up the hill to the windmills. We then drove down to Saint Emilion, had a nice cool drink on a sunny café terrasse and called it a day.
They call it love at first sight when only two people are involved. I don’t know how you call it when you fall in love with a whole family…
Please go read what Mimi posted about that day we spent shopping, cooking and laughing together. I think you’ll fall in love with her style and Oddur’s incredible art work…