Marinating the pork in buttermilk is a wonderful way to tenderize it and make the flesh much more succulent. If you can't find pork escalope minute steaks ask your butcher to prepare some for you or use tenderloin and flatten out with the palm of your hand or between two pieces of baking parchment with a rolling pin.
New Midsummer Day is the traditional day for picnics in Hugo's house, and a great effort is being made this year. The day is sunny, verging on sultry. The inane conversation jabbers on, like the flock of sparrows in the nearby hedgerows.