À Table: Shirly’s Quiche + ‘Cet Air’

A portrait from Brooklyn, France and Mali

Our “À Table” series provides easy weeknight French dinners paired with French music and activities and games to create a whole fun-filled evening of practicing spoken French.

Literally translating to “to table,” <à table> is a colloquial way of calling everyone to the table, much like a good old American “dinnertime!”

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Quick Quiche

Freshly baked quiche lorraine

Quiche is such a great weeknight dinner that is hearty yet feels luxurious and is great for a crowd. This is heavy in the rotation for ourÀ Table series, and it’s helpful that the recipe for the crust makes enough for 2 quiches (just keep the other in the freezer).

It will leave you more time for getting your French brain ready, and taking deep listen (or ten) to ‘Cet Air,’ and the rest of the Lamomali album. `

Bon appétit!

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Lamomali

“Cet Air,” is a song that really hits me deep, and I had trouble finding it’s origins, so when I heard it coming from the turntable at Shirly’s the night we had this quiche for the first time, I had to confirm the album name!

Though I had originally come across it via Spotify, where it’s actually quite hard to track down the album, and even once she told me that the of the album was Lalomali we learned that only a fraction of it is available on Spotify (what’s up with that?).

Lalomali, partial album, screenshot on spotify. why not available?

There is Lamomali Airlines (Live) album available on Spotify, but that has live versions of the songs which don’t include the same artists as you see on the album list above, grey-ed out. Amadou & Mariam, Youssou N’Dour, Santigold! I want to hear those ones!

Thanks to Amazon for helping me procure it on vinyl -all the way from England, no less – so in a few weeks, I will hear the rest.

Alors, for the purposes of this playlist, we will start with “Cet Air” and the other 2 songs available on this album, then jump into both albums of the Lamomali Airlines (Live) album set.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/58nmnQ2MlzwxlywpRECgzr?si=c3e-HRdbRK624WzzkbdpPg

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Shirly’s Quiche

Freshly baked quiche in home made crust

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Fun Fact: Quiche

fresh homemade tart crust for a quiche, pressed into pie plan and ready for a pre-bake, along side the prepared custard to bake into quiche.
crust game slowly getting better…

As a site where food + stories are two-thirds of the magic, we love fun histories of foods (did you see this one about foie gras?). According to the Wikipedia entry “Quiche:

“Quiche is considered a French dish; however, using eggs and cream in pastry was practiced in English cuisine at least as early as the 14th century and Italian cuisine at least as early as the 13th century.[2]

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Cet Air

This is a great live version of ‘Cet Air’. After a deep watch/listen, we recommend another listen while looking at the lyrics translation (below). Beautiful.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNtz1OTc3fk
Cet Air, live

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Cet Air Lyrics

Lyrics aside, this song transmits such a deeply felt sense of bittersweetness. I find this song so powerful, and once I better understood the lyrics I felt it even more strongly.

The song references the loss of the carefree time before the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris and the La Terrasse attack in Bamako that soon followed.

This song is a memory of Paris and Bamako, of what these cities were and will never be again.

-M- Translated from an interview w/ France Inter

Lyrics for ‘Cet Air,’ with English translations by Megs

Cet air t’en souviens tu?   
Do you remember it?
Ce bel instant perdu   
This beautiful moment, lost
D’un Paris qui n’est plus   
From a Paris, that is no more.
Cet air t’en souviens tu?   
This tune, do you remember?
L’odeur d’un matin nu   
The smell of a morning, naked.
D’un Mali dévêtu   
From a Mali, stripped.
 
Part et ne te retourne pas   
Leave and don’t turn around.
Chaque fois qu’une chose est sifflée   
Each time a thing is whistled
Un morceau de ta vie est passé   
A piece of your life has passed
Va et tu le retrouveras   
Go and you will find it.
   
Cet air t’en souviens tu?   
Do you remember it?
Se perdre dans les rues   
Getting lost in the streets
Dans un saut continu   
In a continuous jump.
Cet air t’en souviens tu?   
This tune, do you remember?
Souffler le soir venu   
Blow that came in the evening,
Vers ceux qui n’sont plus.   
To those who are no longer.
   
Part et ne te retourne pas   
Leave and don’t turn around.
Chaque fois qu’une chose est sifflée   
Each time a thing is whistled
Un morceau de ta vie est passé   
A piece of your life has passed
Va et tu le retrouveras   
Go and you will find it.
   
Cet air t’en souviens tu?   
Do you remember it?
   
Cet air t’en souviens tu?   
Do you remember it?
   
Cet air je m’en souviens   
I remember it.
Comme un rêve qui m’étreint   
Like a dream that embraces me.
Toute la chaleur détient    
All the heat holds 
la douceur de sa main   
The softness of its hand.
Chaque fois qu’une chose est sifflée   
Each time a thing is whistled
Un morceau de ta vie est passé   
A piece of your life has passed
Oui pars et ne te retourne pas   
Yes leave and don’t turn around
Chaque fois qu’une chose est sifflée   
Each time a thing is whistled
Un morceau de ta vie est passé   
A piece of your life has passed
Va et tu le retrouveras   
Go and you will find it.