Every Tuesday I intend to do a quick review of some of the posts from the last week that have made me smile, made me chuckle or, even…. just made me think.
Some of these you may have seen yourselves.
And some of them you may have missed.
I don’t think of these in any competitive sense at all.
This isn’t a top-ten listing.
They’re merely the posts that have stuck in my head.
1). I’ve not reviewed David Lebovitz yet but… is there anyone in the world who doesn’t follow his blog?
In this great post David goes on A Visit to Rungis – the food market just south of Paris.
Now, I’ve never been to Rungis personally but I did spent many years (and happy ones) working in a pig abattoir in Brittany where a large percentage of our product got shipped to Rungis.
Look at all those lovely Ceps and Girolles…
David does warn that some of the images might shock some people but…
You can see most of all that stuff in most French Supermarkets anyway!
I do agree with David that I haven’t seen brains on a restaurant menu for a long long time.
Which is a shame as I rather fancy some on toast – garnished with some of the wonderful Ceps that we’re finding at the moment!
Stuart describes current Autumnal life as… “grey day drizzle … blogging excuse to stay inside … cooking lunch excuse not to blog … just fried pigs’ brains with sage leaves ’n capers, served on toast rubbed with garlic and drizzled with olive oil … broke no-alcohol-day resolution to wash it down with cold Sauvignon … reflect that life in autumnal French countryside not too bad.”
Whay Hay! I say!
And what lovely Shaggy Inkcaps!
3).Holy cêpes, Batman!
Amy, at God, I love Paris has managed to find some beautiful mushrooms in the heart of Paris!
And they’re not a bad price, either!
Ans, to think that I have to go into the depths of the forest, brave wolves, giant spiders and all sorts of snakes to get my fabulous fungi!
Oh, Amy… I was going to feature your post on Velib Power – a great post, that!
But, in the end, the mushrooms won out (especially at those prices!)
“That the Romans brought a mushrooms with them as they planted vineyards throughout France.”
“The amanita caesarea is revered as the greatest of all mushrooms to be found in France.”
I’ve never been lucky enough to eat one (and I’ll certainly never find one in this part of France), but I live in hope of one day trying some out.
Who goes by the name of Kerbiriou Billy!
Lucy, at Box Elder explains that… “although it’s the nannies that give the milk to make the stuff, the billies smell like nothing so much as an very mature goat’s cheese!”
Hmmm… reminds me of some mushroom collectors I know!
OK – now all that stuff is out of the way, let’s get on to the really important stuff…
Of course, it’s Awards Time!
And, I am proud to announce a new winner of the Blog of the Week Award!
This is awarded to the Blog post that has tickled my fancy the most during the past seven days.
This week’s Blog of the Week has been won by the always wonderful and fantastically foodie… Living the Life in Saint Aignan.
I’ve been following Ken and his news for a long, long time and it’s really no surprise that I’ve chosen his wonderful blog as Blog of the Week.
It really was just a matter of time!
Now, a lot of people would be put off by the little (and deeply internal) bits of dead chickies but Ken manages to enthuse so much about the recipe that it must tempt even the most committed vegetarian?
Ken, if you’d like to place your award on your blog sidebar just email me and I’ll cut it into bite sized chunks, sauté it gently and send you the results.
Now for the rest of the awards….
On the Franciversary Awards front this week I’m proud to award the Five Year Franciversary Award to Madam K at My so-called Life in France who said of her time so far… “My first blog post was just dripping with disappointement in regards to France. Five years later my feelings for France aren’t nearly as dramatic. What I feel now can only be described as… a light-hearted indifference. But like I said then: At least the food is good.”
Happy Franciversary Madam K!
The Seven Year Franciversary Award goes to A Seattleite in Paris who says of her time here…. “Some days it feels like I’ve been here forever and other days I feel just as “foreign” as when I arrived. It’s been a journey full of joys, frustrations and many other things and I can’t imagine not having come to this country”
I know exactly how you feel! I’ve been here almost eight years and still haven’t got the hang of the place!
A Special Award for Being A Rather Amazing Blog Even if You Don’t Live in France goes to the unique Molly Potter at Just Pleasantly Floundering Around. This is one of only perhaps half a dozen UK based blogs that I read. Molly is, of course, totally mad; but mad in the way that makes you think….. “This might just be the future of civilisation!”
The Award for Mentioning Poo is shared between Peggy at Rue Rice (although I guess it really should be Aidan who gets the award?) for enlightening us with Aidan’s Poo Obsession and Delana at Du Jour for her provocatively titled Merde Revisited!
Girls, well done but.. next time, pictures please?
The Spill the Beans, Who’s Shagging Who, Gossiper of the Week Award goes (and was there any doubt about this?) to Sarah at St. Bloggie de Riviera.
In Local Gossip we don’t actually find out who is shagging who but… there is a nice long rant about estate agents which would have also won Sarah the Rant of the Week Award had it not been for…..
It can’t be easy be pregnant (says he as a man who really doesn’t have any conception) and this post make me rather glad that I’ll never get to find out exactly how difficult it is.
The fiercely contested Lovely Autumnal Photographs Award gets split three ways this week.
All equally good and evocatively effective posts.
I notice that all three blogs are by women and are based in the North.
I’m not sure what that says?
And finally, I’ve got just one last award to hand out.
This is the Award for being Consistently Good at Pretty Much Everything which, as most of you will have guessed, is one of those old Awards for Getting the Most Mentions of Flatulence into a Post hastily modified (isn’t it wonderful what you can do with a bit of Tipex and Sellotape?) and re-dedicated.
This fantastic award goes to Sara Louise at Sara in Le Petit Village for her post about the Honey Pizza Party (although she would have won a bigger award if she’d invited me!) and Loulou at Chez Loulou for her Delicious Autumn.
Consistent award winners and consistently great blogs!
I notice that both blogs are by women and are based in the Provence.
I’m not sure what that says?
All the best