And for those of following all my FRENCH WOMEN DON'T GET FAT posts (here, here, and here, among others), I have this lovely quote from Debra Ollivier's awesome Franco-inspiration book, ENTRE NOUS: A WOMAN'S GUIDE TO FINDING HER INNER FRENCH GIRL:
There is a phrase, bien dans sa peau, which means "to feel good in one's skin." It is a state of mind to which the French aspire, a state of ease and contentment that they hope is reflected in their faces. No worry wrinkles, no cheeks flushed with stress. Being bien dans sa peau is a state of simple physical and emotional grace. You live well. You do not have a guilty conscience for personal pleasures. You feel good about yourself on a very essential level, and so others feel good around you. The French girl who is bien dans sa peau is balanced. Relaxed. Natural. At ease in body and soul. A perfect description of the French girl at her best.And in conjunction, I paraphrase from Mireille Guiliano when I say that we must be the masters of our pleasure as well as our restraint.
I tell you what...I took ENORMOUS pleasure in that Brown Butter Pasta you see up there...and it took ENORMOUS restraint to not eat until I popped. One of the best pasta meals I've had in awhile...maybe ever?
And, for the record, Côtes du Rhône pairs gorgeously with this dish...
Eat, drink, and live well.
NOTE: Okay, this is where I feel I must editorialize. Being bien dans votre peau (feeling good in your skin) is not about weight. Or weight politics. Or unrealistic body expectations. We're on a whole different level, one where we talk about personal well-being and your inner core. Don't feel bien dans votre peau? Then CHANGE IT. Seek out that contentment, that joie de vivre. I support you and I have to say thanks again to those family members, friends, and readers who have been so supportive of me - you are all amazing, fabulous, and kick-ass.
NOTE ON KID-FRIENDLINESS: I omitted the egg for Bug; otherwise, she gobbled this up.