Sorry I haven’t been Poirot-ing much; we’ve been on vacation! But I thought I’d drop a bit of “Poirot Gourmet” here for you today. 🙂 (And no, I am not actually traveling on the Orient Express while presenting this episode, sorry!) 😀
Here, we have smoked salmon cream cheese on baguettes with olive oil and sea salt. To drink: a little crème de violette.
And here’s your book reference!
M. Bouc, who was already seated, gated a greeting and summoned his friend to the empty place opposite him. Poirot sat down and soon found himself in the favoured position of being at the table which was served first and with the choicest morsels. The food, too, was unusually good.
It was not till they were eating a delicate cream cheese that M. Bouc allowed his attention to wander to matters other than nourishment. He was at the stage of a meal when one becomes philosophic.
“Ah!” he sighed. “If I had but the pen of a Balzac! I would depict this scene.”
-Murder on the Orient Express