I am a French restaurateur's worst nightmare. A vegetarian, I don't like French cheese (too pungent for me, thank yo very much), can't bear the mere smell of butter, strongly dislike sauces; garlic and onions genuinely upset my stomach, while fries make me nauseous. And did I mention I don't drink wine?
Just when any Gallic chef is about to sigh, "Ah, zose Americanz, zey do not know what iz really good!", comes the redeeming 'crème fraîche'. 40% fat, unpasteurized dairy, good enough to be eaten by the spoonful with fresh berries. Like fine yogurt, it has a slightly sour taste that I find irresistible. As of late, I can't go a day without my crème fraîche fix.
To learn more about crème fraîche and for a list of the very few American brands that make this treat, go to Laura's post about crème fraîche. In France, make sure to get the Isigny crème fraîche from Normandy (pictured), available in supermarkets.
What's your latest food obsession?