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Sunday, 4 September 2011
I mentioned a couple of days ago about eating Lucques olives whilst drinking Champagne, and I've since received a few quizzical looks.
Lucques are a very particular olive. They are almost exclusively grown for eating, rather than for oil. They are bright green, longish, meaty, and sweet. They have firm flesh, and a deceptively large interior pip. It is claimed that they are the world's finest olive (well, their growers would say that, wouldn't they).
Sadly we don't live in an olive growing region, so our Lucques are imported from further down south. They are grown mostly in the Herault department, in the Languedoc; however, they're now to be found in southern French markets everywhere.
Try them (if you can find them); I think you'll be quite impressed, and their growers will be happy.
We went with friends to the Scallop festival in Whitianga; a charming
seaside town in the Coromandal District.
Had a great time...5000 people, lots of wine...
4 years ago
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
This is a daily, optimistic, 'photos and comments' blog. I make no judgements (only occasionally), just notes. If you wish to comment in any way at all, please feel free. Everything and everyone is very welcome.
I was born just south of London, but for the past 45 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live in an ancient cottage, in a tiny village, in perfectly tranquil countryside. We have a vegetable garden called 'Haddock's' (this may crop up from time to time), a Border Collie/Black Lab' cross called Bok, a cat called Freddie, plenty of fruit trees, and a view that takes the breath away. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!