Gougères

What is a gougère? The French pastry version of a cheese puff. Since I happen to love cheese and pastry, I made some this weekend. These are a type of pâte à choux pastry (the same type of pastry as profiteroles, éclairs, etc). For a traditional gougère I added gruyère cheese and spices to my choux paste. These little treats baked up with a crisp shell, and interior of air pockets surrounded by gooey cheese and tender crumb.

Yum yum tasty little gougère
Yum yum tasty little gougère

Gougères would be perfect little appetizers to serve at a dinner party. And even better is that they can be made ahead of time and frozen for quick preparation. Just pipe them into two inch balls on a baking sheet (or use a teaspoon) and stick the tray in the freezer. When fully frozen, transfer them into another container for freezing until it’s time for baking. Of course, I did not do this today, as I was eager to bake all the gougères and eat them right away.

Gougères galore!
Gougères galore!

Exploring La Brigue Pt. 1

For lunch I ate salade de chévre chaud. The literal translation is hot goat salad, but actually seems to refer to “hot/melted?” goat cheese salad.

Salade de chévre chaud for lunch

Afterwards we walked around and explored the narrow cobblestone alleys. La Brigue is a small medieval town, with only about 600 people living here.

Around La Brigue
Around La Brigue
Another typical sight in La Brigue
Another typical sight in La Brigue

Aside from walking around the streets, we visited the St-Martin Collegiate Church in a square across the road from the hotel.

Striped facade of the St-Martin Collegiate Church
Striped facade of the St-Martin Collegiate Church
It seemed kind of odd to have a hand sticking out of the side of the pulpit like this...
It seemed kind of odd to have a hand sticking out of the side of the pulpit like this…
Inside La Brigue's church
Inside La Brigue’s church
St-Martin Church clock tower
St-Martin Church clock tower

While the buildings are all very close together in this town, there are also some pretty flowers!

Pretty Flower #1 - I don't know what kind of flower it is, but it's pretty.
Pretty Flower #1 – I don’t know what kind of flower it is, but it’s pretty.
Pretty Flower #2 - Pink frilly tulip
Pretty Flower #2 – Pink frilly tulip
Reminds me of a scene from a children's book
Reminds me of a scene from a children’s book

More sights from exploring:

A dry riverbed running through the town
A dry riverbed running through the town
Interesting looking building
Interesting looking building