A Taste of Garlic

That was the week…

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceEvery 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.




that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France1). 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!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France2). Stuart and Gabrielle at Permaculture in Brittany deserve a mention for their post.. Autumn’s Definitely Here.

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).that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceHoly 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 was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France4). And whilst we’re on the subject (the subject of mushrooms, I hasten to add; not rented bikes!), did you know…..

“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.

Many, many thanks to Tammy at the wonderfully foodie La Vie Cevenole for her post about The Emperor’s Choice.

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France5). And changing the subject totally… Let’s talk about “A venerable, if rather pompous and extremely smelly old gentleman.”

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!


that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France

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.

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThis 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!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceI suppose what decided me, in the end, was this post about…

Sautéed Chicken Livers
in a Creamy Mustard Sauce
.

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…..

Yes, it’s only fair that Amber at Traveling Amber wins this week’s Rant of the Week Award for post about Common Courtesy.

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.

The lucky winners are…. Blu at Blu’s Views for When snow falls, nature listens.., Maggie at Normandy Life for Meandering through the Churchyard and Rhian at Briezh Bretagne Llydaw Brittany for Misty.

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

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12 Comments

  • By Sara Louise, October 5, 2010 @ 5:41 am

    Ah thanks Keith. Cheering me up on a rainy Tuesday :-)

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 5, 2010 @ 5:49 am

    Glad to have been of service SL – actually not raining (for once) up here in Brittany!

    Have a great day

    Keith

  • By PigletinFrance, October 5, 2010 @ 8:50 am

    Thanks Keith for providing an excellent public service to all blog readers! Have seriously been lacking time recently and my blog reading has been neglected but thanks to your weekly round up I don’t have to miss a great post! Cheers!

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 5, 2010 @ 9:05 am

    Cheers Piglet!

    Oh, and happy birthday for yesterday – we ARE a little bit behind the times up here in rural Brittany!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 5, 2010 @ 9:06 am

    Oops, Piglet – What I also meant to say was… I wouldn’t have put you a day over 21!

  • By Roz, October 5, 2010 @ 3:41 pm

    Not won again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • By PigletinFrance, October 5, 2010 @ 4:52 pm

    LOL Keith!

  • By amber, October 5, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

    Like Piglet, I also look forward to your weekly summaries of what’s going on in our bloggers-in-France world. I think I actually squealed a little bit when I saw that I’d won for my rant, and to think, with all the competition out there! We France bloggers are a ranty bunch, you have to admit. I am honored to have been chosen.. i’d just like to thank the academy, and of course all the lovely French folk who fuel my horomonal fire..

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 5, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

    Amber, just to expand upon what Sarah has just said on your blog“I’ve never been pregnant in France (and am never bluddy well going to be!) but you need to stand your ground, fight your corner and rant your way into the record books!”

    There is an Award that has never been awarded (yet…) – this is the Award for the best rant that ends up in a Gendarmerie!

    For a long time I have thought that the only people in with a chance of winning it were Sarah or American Mom in Paris but…

    It’s yours if you want it – you just have to do something worthy….

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Sarah, October 6, 2010 @ 7:45 am

    LOL Keith, you crack me up! I certainly don’t want to end up in a gendarmerie!!!

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 6, 2010 @ 9:11 am

    Oh Sarah, you do! You really do!

    Then we’ll all have something decent to Gossip about!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By amber, October 7, 2010 @ 10:16 pm

    Keith, i’m starting to wonder if you’ve ever read my blog, because if you had, you’d know that I am well liked by the law officials of France and have narrowly avoided many a sticky situation thanks my charm and wit! Granted being pregnant has hampered that just a little bit (I can’t imagine why!), but if I do manage to get arrested while pregnant, I think that would deserve an extra special award.

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