Stage 2 vache alert! Correspondent Marj is cycling in Normandy at the moment and has a hot tip – she spotted this at about 50km to go:
Anyway, yes, I have an earworm courtesy of the stage finish (and who knew Nana Mouskouri recorded a version of Je ne pourrai jamais vivre sans toi?). That aside, we have a 183km undulating stage with an uphill finish that should drop the sprinters and churn that yellow jersey like some Normandy butter.
Speaking of… yes, we’re still in Normandy so once again it’s butter, cheese, apples and all those lovely apple-y things (think tarts, cider, Calvados). But there’s more! Are you aware of the Carrot Festival*? I thought not. It began in 1990 and apparently attracts 25,000 visitors a year, so it’s probably wise that it doesn’t coincide with today’s stage (it’s on the second Saturday in August, so you’ve still got time to make travel plans**). There are some fabulous photos on this post, when the Carrot Museum visited the festival in 2009 (you know about the Carrot Museum, of course). Of course, Carrot Festivals do have their pitfalls…
Image: World Carrot Museum
Now, before you close this tab in a huff, thinking “what’s all this got to do with cows?”, here’s tonight’s recipe: boeuf carrottes à la normande . Yes, the recette is en français, but it is apparently très facile so hopefully that makes it worth the google translate cut-and-paste. Cheesy comestibles? More of those Normandy delights: Pont l’Évêque if you want something robust for your cider, or perhaps a nice, ripe camembert. If it’s not ripe, you can always go all 70s – pop it in the fryer and serve with redcurrant sauce. Ahem.
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* I’m astonished to learn that the carrot festival in Créances is not even the only carrot festival in France…
** If you are planning a food-festival-related tour of Normandy, there are some beauties listed here.