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Welcome to French Food
Focus. The name describes the intent of this blog. I'll focus on food
and because I live in rural
France the stress will be upon French food. There are numerous posts
concerning life in France and, certainly,
about anything that strikes my fancy.
you have some good recipes or if you want to rave
about any great French
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Note from Erika in Canada
I'm a Canadian married to a French man from Brive
in the Limousin region (he also has family in Aveyron). I really
appreciated your recipe for French cheesecake for I too experienced
the joy and frustration of unwrapping 48 cubes of Kiri to make a
Cheesecake for my French friends while we were living in Nantes.
But in actuality, I'm writing to you looking for
one of your older articles referenced on another site (eG Forums) Walnut
Oil - how do they make it? here's
the old fashioned way on
December 17, 2006. We're living back in Canada and I have
access to a large number of walnuts and dearly miss my father-in-law's
walnut oil (he takes his walnuts to someone who makes it for him).
I'd love to know precisely how they do it France so maybe I can try
here. Do you have a copy of this older article somewhere where
you could share it with me? I've taken a look in your archives but
didn?t see it anywhere.
Thanks for your time and Bon App?it,
Glad to know I'm not the only one who suffers the lengthy unwrapping
process with Kiri.
The walnut oil write up was one of those that I
was going to transfer over, but haven't gotten around to. I have moved
it over now. (December, 2006)
Think the secret is too make sure that you very
thoroughly cook the walnut meat, but maling sure that it doesn't burn.
Thus the constant stirring.
luck & let me know how it turns o
From Lora in Washington state.
Thank you for your wonderful posts on the pressing of walnut oil. We have
some trees on our farm and have been wanting to make oil and from your
description we now are ready to try this. Amazing we had the equipment
already from our numerous other food related hobbies! (the hobbies that
all end with eating and merriment!)
Thanks for the comment. When you make your walnut oil let me know & I'll
send you a recipe for Estafinado.,
a great local dish.
More from Lora in Washington
Thanks for the tip for the Alliade de Toulouse. I
will google the recipe. We did press about 4 pounds of walnuts (guessing
as we did not weigh them until after pressing) We now have about 14
ounces of precious oil! It is sweet and delicious. Thank you for the
Since we moved to this farm in 1981 we have "planned"
to make our own oil, from something. The walnut trees that are now
producing on our farm were nuts that fell under the neighbors tree that
same year we purchaased our land. The following summer our neighbor
asked if we wanted to dig these seedling trees up and get them
established on our land. It took 12 years to get our first nuts, 8
walnuts were not even enough to make brownies, but still what a
celebration. Our idea is that
these trees are for our retirement. When we can no longer climb a ladder
to harvest the other tree fruits, we will be able to crawl around on the
ground and pick up nuts!
Anyway, you were in our grateful thoughts as we
pressed our first oil! Now we are playing with the left over "walnut
flour" . So far we have had walnut pancakes, but our list of possible
recipes is growing.
We also raise ducks and happen to have some duck
breasts in the freezer!. So when we make up our concoction we will dream
of the French countryside and drink a toast to you for blogging your way
into our life.
I'm impressed! Nothing like acting quickly!
It must be completely satisfying to have gone through the whole cycle
from seedling to walnut oil. I'm looking forward to hearing about the
Alliade when it gets made. Tomorrow? At the rate Lora moves!
The Muscovy breed of ducks that we raise are
not very fatty. We render out the fat from their skin (then eat the
crackling's) and use the fat to preserve duck (comfit). This time of
year (as we eat up the confit!) we use that fat to fry potatoes or add
flavor to cabbage. I suppose we could call it duck butter!
I will look for the magret recipe on your
My reply is in the form of a post in the
Dave, one thing I have been wondering is whether you do all your
shopping in the village on market day or whether there is something
equivalent to a supermarket that you venture out to periodically.
No need to write back, just thought it could make for an interesting
blog post, and what about household supplies, detergent / trash bags /
toothpaste. I would be interested to know more about Parisot in
general, commerce, schools, price of real estate, access to health
care, cinema, that kind of stuff, no need to cover it all at once.
Maybe you?ve covered it all before, I don?t know. By the way,
your house is very charming. I must say I am quite envious. And I
am little surprised to see you wouldn?t mind down sizing, although, I
am quite familiar with the travails of upkeep, sometimes I don?t know
what I would do with all my time if it wasn?t for maintenance.