With Frog Father's cousin supplying the catering for us we have some freedom in the wedding menu.
However, the one thing I have learnt about French Weddings* is that there is no playing with the traditional menu! (The exception to this was a fantastic garden wedding I went to in the South of France where lovely couscous was served followed by a huge clafoutis made by the couple in the village baker's ovens.)
We have agreed a per head fee for food and wines (although obviously not the champagne) and now we just need to agree on the menu.
The meal is served between 8pm & midnight, with intervals between courses for people to dance and enjoy the music.
This is the current draft in English & French with my notes.
Salade d’asperges aux languoustines
Asparagus & Langoustine Salad
Gratinées de Saint-Jacques
Cheese Baked Scallops served in the shell
We ummed and ahhed about having two seafood starters, in case people didn't like the stuff. But in the end our preference, a couple of friends who don't like meats (and my Mum's strong lobbying for langoustine) won out!
Made with Marc de Champagne liqueur
Magrets de Canards au poivre vert
Duck with a green pepper sauce
Is this sauce too heavy. Would a honey sauce be better?
I guess finding out how many guests are vegetarians (guaranteed not to be the French!) should be next on my 'to do' list.
Garniture de Legumes (Pommes de Terre Dauphinoise; Haricots Verts)
Vegetable Side Dishes (Dauphinoise Potatoes; Green Beans)
Salade de Fruits
Traditionally this is a buffet of different pastries and desserts but I always find that too much and we think fruit would be better.
The traditional French pyramid of choux buns with caramel topping and a small traditional English wedding cake - supplied by good old M&S
I don't really like English fruit cake but it's more a point of principle of trying to assert my Englishness in an otherwise very French day...
What do you think?
* Actually there are three things. However, the second is related to guest lists which I still can't talk about without my blood pressure exploding. The third relates to French bureaucracy, and that update is being saved for another post.