Mille Bornes Cards and Carrotes Râpées 

A touch of France this weekend! Merci, David Lebovitz for your post about the French card game called Mille Bornes (“meel born”). Have you played it before? If you have, any pointers are welcome!

Mille Bornes
Mille Bornes

David posted a photo of the French hazard cards on Instagram and I thought it would be a fun addition to our family game nights.  It was then on to eBay where I located the 1971 version of the game. This game included English on the top left corners and French as the dominate language in the center with darling retro images. There are also two different instruction cards – 2 in English and 1 in French for The Score and The Guide (to each of the cards you can play). It’s essentially a driving game and the goal is to get to 1,000 miles first (and then to 5,000 total miles for the entire game). Mille Bornes translates to milestones. It’s like an Uno type of game where you’re constantly tossing delays to your opponents or in this case hazards which need to be repaired. The game arrived 5 minutes before I was heading out for family game night. I didn’t have a chance to review the entire rule book before we started playing. I’m certain we had enough difficulty learning this game as David did (except he was learning it in French!).

The cards laid out while we were reviewing the instructions
The cards laid out while we were reviewing the instructions

We also learned quickly that the game is a bit more challenging to play with five people as there aren’t enough milestone cards to total 1,000. I will be taking some time to review the entire instruction booklet to familiarize myself with each of the Safety Cards and how each Hazard works. We gave it a good try and it was fun! We were laughing nearly the entire time.

Mille Bornes dealt out
Mille Bornes dealt out

We had steak tacos for family game night and I made Nutella Pudding for dessert from my May 26th post. I also decided to add some classic fresh French flair to our meal with David Lebovitz’s Carrotes Râpées. It’s a fresh carrot salad that is typically grated.

Julienne Carrots
Julienne Carrots

I decided to julienne the carrots for my first go. It’s an easy recipe that is absolutely delicious, bright, and fresh. It’s tossed with fresh lemon juice, chopped fresh parsley, olive oil, salt, pepper, a dash of sugar and lastly, David’s touch: a dash of Dijon mustard.

Carrotes Râpées
Carrotes Râpées

I julienned all the carrots and put the dressing in a Weck Jar and kept them separate until just a few minutes before serving. You don’t want drown the carrots in dressing either. It’s just meant to be a light accent flavor.

Steak Tacos, Rice, and Carrotes Râpées
Steak Tacos, Rice, and Carrotes Râpées

Family game nights are always fun. Do you have any games you tend to play more than others? Also, if you have played Mille Bornes: tips are welcome!

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