Bonjour and Bienvenue! I am Liam and this is my regional food blog specializing in the cuisine of my homeland, Normandy, France. I was born in Paris but now live in Manahattan with my wife and daughter. All the rest of my kin live in Normandy Basse. I am the first professional chef in my family but I come from a long tradition of cooking. In the above photo my grandfather, Fernand, is the little boy sitting second from the right. His family owned and operated a small epicerie in Valognes, Normandy. This blog is dedicated to his and my grandmothers memory.
This is my grandfather all grown up. He was quite a mysterious figure to me. I was fascinated by him as he was a fascinating man. He had rituals, you see… He always wore a beret – as a child, I nicknamed him ‘Papapeau’ as in ‘papa’ and ‘chapeau’, which means hat. He smoked three cigarettes a day, and only three – one after each meal. He hand rolled them himself and kept them in a tin in the pantry. Every morning he would drink a big bowl of café au lait and would soak the ‘mit’ of day old baguettes in his coffee. He enjoyed watching “Chiffres et les Lettres”, a terribly boring french gameshow, at least boring to a young boy. I don’t know where or when he formed his signature habits but for all his seeming rigidity, he was a perfect Papapeau and I loved him.
Here he is with my grandmother, Claude, and without a hat for once.
This is an actual Cord’homme label with the family logo at the top. That’s it for your Cord’homme primer.
– Maintenant manger!