Friday, July 20, 2007

Gifts from France

Just thought you might like to see the delicacies that Beccy brought us back from France.
The honey for my mother and I to share was beautifully wrapped in staw with a few walnuts and looked so pretty. I know we will enjoy the different flavour from the flowers and chestnuts (hope I've translated correctly)!!
Embee will enjoy trying the Foie Gras De Canard Entier Du Sud-Ouest. Maybe we need to keep it until Sam and Fred visit in September!! Oh yes-this particular 'Godard Foie Gras' is a medal winner so it should be good! I also have some Cassoulet au Confit De Canard and I'll let you know what it's like in due course.

Thank You Beccy.

The other surprise she brought with her I will post about tomorrow!!!

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21 Comments:

At 20/7/07 10:45, Blogger Beccy said...

What other surprise?

Your translations are correct and I hope you enjoy them, I dying to see how the cassoulet turns out?

 
At 20/7/07 11:25, Anonymous Deborah said...

Wow - lucky you -sounds delicious!!!

 
At 20/7/07 11:35, Blogger ChrisB said...

beccy you'll have to come back tomorrow!

deborah I tried some chestnut honey this morning after publishing this post and it was a lovely flavour.

 
At 20/7/07 12:55, Blogger Asha said...

Honey sounds great! I love it with Peanut butter sandwich! Enjoy,although I can't pronounce the other ones!:D

 
At 20/7/07 13:34, Blogger theotherbear said...

I have never had foie gras but I bet I would like it.
Sounds like a good haul!

 
At 20/7/07 13:45, Blogger The Artist formerly Known as Purpleworms (!) said...

How wonderful to have such treats! (Not to mention such a cullinary expert choosing them!!) I can't eat foie gras though - it bothers me to think about how they treat the geese. It all sounds so delicious - let us know how they are!!

 
At 20/7/07 17:02, Blogger ChrisB said...

wendy I can't honestly say I am a huge fan of it for the same reason. However as it is really embee's pressie I shall just have a little taster to see what it tastes like. Fred (Sam's partner) being French just loves it.

theotherbear we feel pretty lucky I can tell you!

 
At 20/7/07 17:04, Blogger ChrisB said...

Asha I'm not sure about honey and peanut butter, I think I'll give that one a miss!!

 
At 20/7/07 17:26, Blogger Sam said...

It always amuses me that people get so bothered about the way geese are treated for foie gras but they will happily munch away on a cookie made from a battery farmed egg where the animals are treated probably far worse than those geese are.

It's dads foie gras, and we wouldn't dream of eating his. Weill he be allowed a sip of sauternes to wash it down>

 
At 20/7/07 17:47, Blogger ChrisB said...

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At 20/7/07 17:49, Blogger ChrisB said...

sam I mainly use free range /organic eggs. Dad id happy to share it's in the fridge- has Fred heard of this particular one?

 
At 20/7/07 18:32, Blogger Beckie said...

Looks Yummy!

 
At 20/7/07 21:14, Anonymous Lisa said...

Wow, lucky you, Chris!
Glad you will see Beccy and Ben again soon, that seemed a short visit, even from just reading about it!
How about the honey on some greek yogurt?

 
At 20/7/07 21:39, Blogger Barbara said...

Lovley gifts. I like foie gras and looked at buying some recently but it was so expensive.

 
At 20/7/07 23:57, Blogger Sam said...

free range or organic does not necessarily mean the chickens are well treated. Unless you know where your eggs come from and how the chickens are treated you can't be sure.

Here in the us free range chickens have access to a door that lets them outside - but they are so crammed into the barn they can't find the door and they don't know what to do it - but since the door is 'provided' the chickens can be labeled free range even if they never go outside.

also if someone else makes you a cake or you eat a processed product with egg in it, it is unlikely to come from an organic or free range chicken

 
At 21/7/07 02:57, Blogger la bellina mammina said...

Oh yum! Love the bottles!

 
At 21/7/07 03:28, Anonymous enidd said...

lovely photo, chris - it's making enidd very hungry indeed.

 
At 21/7/07 05:01, Blogger my4kids said...

Other then the Honey I'm not sure what they are but I bet there yummy! How nice of Beccy to come bearing gifts.

 
At 22/7/07 23:39, Blogger The Artist formerly Known as Purpleworms (!) said...

Sam, I work hard to find happy free range chickens and their eggs, but also have stopped being difficult with my family and friends about the source of their eggs and animals. I try to eat whatever comes into my rice bowl while trying to be polite about what comes into it. (I'm not suggesting you are not - I'm simply saying that I will eat a neighbor's cookie when offered rather than make a big scene even though I prefer whole grain treats and eggs from happy hens.) Since I live in the country I have the opportunity to visit the farms and have actually rejected some farms where free range did not mean free except for on a small part of the "range".

 
At 24/7/07 05:46, Anonymous Karmyn R said...

When my husband came back from a trip to France (3 years ago), he brought some of that Foie Gras de Canard. I didn't eat any and it sat in our fridge until it went bad. So sad. I should have tried it.

 
At 24/7/07 08:35, Blogger ChrisB said...

karmyn I would never choose it in a restuarant but I will try this when embee opens the pot!

 

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