Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Bonjour French Food



I am happy in London. Don't repeat it, but for some reason I am far happier than in France. I really don't know why. That's just the way it is, I suppose. The only thing I sometimes miss over here is the taste of French food. I remember its seasoning, its freshness...You can find good food in London, of course, but it is not the same. There are markets everywhere in France. There are some in London too, but it doesn't come cheap. And I miss the small things, such as the 'Epiphany cake' (la galette des rois), some types of terrines and other specialties. Am I homesick? No, not at all. It is just that, from time to time, I miss a French treat that I used to take for granted when I was still living in France. It is the small things that matter!


That said, I found out about a new service to soothe my addiction to French food. It is called Bonjour French Food. Basically, you need to register, and, for a fee of course, they send you a packet with French food. There is a catch: you don't know what is in the packet. It is meant to be a complete surprise. I love surprises. And they prepare a new packet for you every month.

I received my first packet last week. I decided to wait until everybody was home to open it. It was exciting not to know what was inside. We were very curious. We finally opened it, and instantly I was sent back to the smells and the tastes of my childhood. There was a good balance of sweet and savoury treats. The best one was, to me, the pepper saucisson. I haven't had one for ages. I am not talking about the industrial thing is. No, this is an artisanal pepper saucisson, dried in the mountains of Haute Savoie. It was all nicely wrapped and felt a bit like Christmas in advance.

Maybe I miss France more that I would like to admit it, after all. Or maybe I just need to treat myself a bit more often. 
What about you, what do you sometimes miss?

10 comments:

  1. Katherine hetzel15 October 2013 at 02:28

    So glad you've found a way of getting that taste of home! Enjoy every last morsel!

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  2. oh yum...and disastrous......I can see us joining too!

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  3. Ah, you just described the reason why I never sign up for "potluck". Because it would be my luck that the pot contained foods that are off-limits. But, I'm thrilled that you received the delight for which you helped. Smell and taste are great ways to arouse nostalgia. (Yes, that even was the topic for my post this am...)

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  4. Yum - the perfect surprise, tasty treats.

    You know you can track down Galette des Rois at Maison Blanc, right? My (very American/not at all French) granny always used to have one on the 6th of January, just because, and she's lived in London for years!

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  5. AuthorBenitaTyler15 October 2013 at 12:41

    As a child, my mom made our family the best ever soup. It was a mixture of a variety of beans. I have tried to imitate her recipe but I cannot for the life of me reproduce the blend of seasonings that she used.

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  6. I am, Katherine, I am...I am not sure I should but I am!

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  7. What a lovely idea, isn't it?

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  8. I hadn't realised I was missing French food this much. As you say, it must be nostalgia...

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  9. I know it can be found. That said, I am now baking my own. You will have to try it!

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  10. You have a point. For me, such food has the taste of childhood!

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