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Saturday, 13 June 2020
Fleur de sel & bons vivants - Terroirs de gueuletons
It had to happen, our pair of bons vivants Arthur and Vincent learn all about Salt. Yes, salt.
They visit the Atlantic island of Noirmoutier; famed for its salt, potatoes, oysters, and salicorne. The 'farmers' produce two types of salt; Gros sel (scraped from the bottom), and Fleur de sel (carefully lifted from the surface). They explain the difference that an East or West wind can make to the salt; apparently an East wind produces a drier salt!
I buy the greyish damp Gros sel for cooking, and the drier white Fleur de sel salt for sprinkling, I should add that I always keep about 5 or 6 different types of salt in the house; each has its use.
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
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I was born just south of London, but for the past 46 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), plenty of fruit trees, and a view that takes the breath away; we also have a Border Collie called Billy. 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!