Friday, 12 October 2012

Two of my Favourite Subjects.



I've been marching up and down in the woods for the last few days, and at last I've been rewarded. The first of this autumn's C├Ępes has emerged, which I'm hoping means there are many more on the way.

The one and a half above were consumed almost at once as an omelette (need I say 'Yum'). 



Whoever has read Gabriel Chevallier's wonderful 1934 novel, could not resist buying this eponymous Beaujolais. Simply reading the label is enough to make one dream of truculence, joie de vivre, and public urinals. You'll have to read the book if all this means nothing.

Anyone who (like me) enjoys new wine, will be pleased to hear that the third Thursday of November this year falls on the 15th. Meaning that the Beaujolais Nouveau will be issued very slightly earlier than usual.


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  1. Our local supermarket had a food fair today and I happened to turn up at lunch time and sampled most of the delights on offer but by far the most delicious was duck confit. I must say I had several samples of that.

    I would have liked to buy myself a tin but at $19.00 I opted for my usual mince. C'est la vie!!!

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    1. The big tins (4 or 5 Cuisses) cost about 8 or 9 Euros here.... I don't know how that compares.

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  2. My natural anxiety wouldn't let me eat it.....I know stupid eh?

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    1. Ask Tom to pop up to Trelawnyd one day, and cook you some. You'd be hooked at once!

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  3. the large tin was $29 which I think is about 18 euros

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  4. As far as confit and Beauj Nouveau goes, we are - as always - seen as complete suckers by the French over here in Blighty, and they offload the worst of it onto us in the belief that we know no better. It wouldn't be so bad if this was reflected in the price.

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    1. The BN isn't cheap now here either, but I always buy ONE bottle just for the pleasure of drinking the first of the new wine. Later I go to my local vigneron who's new wine is even better for €1.10 per litre.

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  5. Beaujolais Nouveau is a favorite of mine. But the other references to it are lost to me...looks as if I will put this book on my reading list.

    I have had the pleasure, once, of picking mushrooms in a wood, taking them home and cooking them up with butter and olive oil. It was one memorable meal. I was with an experienced person, so had no fears. They are such other-worldly looking things, I'm amazed that we discovered they could be eaten, and were, in fact, delicious!

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    1. Tara, Clochmerle is one of those (French) books one HAS to read... a bit like Jean de Florette and Manon d/S. Read it whilst you have your leg up!

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  6. Oh my. those mushrooms look divine! This summer I found two morels on the farm. I had my mushroomy friend confirm their I.D., then fried them up in butter. Mmmmmm!

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    1. That's one mushroom I've never mastered. They grow well here, but others find them. Not me!

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  7. I love mushrooms especially the field ones. The only ones I've found here look like poisonous toadstools so being on the safe side and giving them a miss.

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  8. Thank you for the reminder on the mushrooms. Its been too dry to hunt mushrooms until this past week. Our fall rains have started later than usual. That has been good for my beehives and dry beans, but not for the mushrooms,

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