We enjoyed a local restaurant in the center of Paris. I ordered a simple egg dish (honestly, it was the only menu item I could decipher on the long list of possibilities), and what arrived would be absolutely delicious. 3 sunny-side up fried eggs, served over a bed of lettuce. A side of fried potatoes, like your mother never cooked, served over a bed of fresh shredded lettuce, tossed in a vinaigrette. What was this fabulous French country meal served with? A bottle of light red Rhone table wine. I think I died and went to heaven.
I was trying to be discreet, as I was making a damn fool out of myself snapping photos of my food. The waiter said nothing, his thoughts? Well, who knows but, when he did speak, his accent was divine.
I tried recreating this recipe at home. My attempt proved not to be too bad. I was reminded how a unlikely combination (eggs and lettuce) can taste so good. Still, there was no comparison to what I ate in Paris. I am sure that has something to do with eating this meal in Paris, and then recreating the dish in Tallahassee, Florida. Anyhow, I am going to keep working on perfecting this recipe. It's easy and inexpensive to prepare. I think it would make a great dinner mid-week, or a pretty impressive meal for entertaining. Most importantly, don't forget the wine to serve along with this meal. We Americans can learn a thing or two about serving wine with our eggs.