Friday, May 28, 2010

French Grocery List

In the French-American school where I work, lunchtime conversation in the faculty kitchen is invariably lively and spiced with the latest French news, gossip, and debate.  The dry-erase board's grocery list, however, is usually rather bland and limited to all-American staples such as sugar packets and disposable wooden coffee-stirrers.

Ah, but the end of the school year is upon us, and the crowds are clearly craving more adventurous fare, from all corners of the Hexagone.  I spied this list today:

1. Piment d'espelette, a spicy pepper from the Basque region.

2. Champagne.  Needs no intro, but hails from, duh, the Champagne region of France.

3.  Chocolate cake.  Universal.  Many of my French friends have a special family chocolate-cake recipe which they will never divulge.   Ever.  The "I-love-this-cake-can-I-have-the-recipe" ploy falls on deaf ears.

4. Calvados.  Ahh, Calva!  Now we've got northern France covered in this list.

5.  Pineau des Charentes.  A personal favorite. Try it some time in a sweet, tiny half-canteloupe as a first course.  From my beloved Ile de Re.

Glad I've got my shopping list.  Now I'm ready for the long weekend!


Alison said...

This is going to sound weird, but I know a French person wrote that list. Not because of the contents, but because of the handwriting.

Polly-Vous Francais said...

Not weird at all! It's part of what I loved about the list. (My handwriting looks nothing like this...)

And actually, I think that it was perhaps a combined effort, or at least a cumulative one. The "s" are very French, but a bit different.

Made me smile.

Anne said...

Sounds wonderful! Now, what I know is where does one go shopping for this list??

All good wishes!!

Anonymous said...

I feel such a bad French - I had never heard of the piment !

It's true that French sometimes like to keep their recipes secret :-D

Kim - Easy French Food said...

Count me in on the Pineau. Even if I'm not drinking, I'll have to have a glass of that if someone offers. Too yummy.

The French write differently there is no doubt. The number one is what I will never master. Even when I do it their way, you can tell it's not right.

Your blog is so fun for me to peruse. Little bits and bobs of life that I can truly relate to. Thanks.

Starman said...

I have never been able to find Calvados in the US.

Nikolay Kotev said...

Very beauriful blog!

Anonymous said...

Can Pineau be purchased in the US?

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