Saturday, June 28, 2014

THAT'S GOOD CHEESE



While you can find some great Cheeses at Auchan or other supermarkets at sometimes unbelievably low prices, if you want to get some truly great varieties, refined to a perfect quality by caring for the product, you should seek out your local affineur. There are so many cheeses here in France and very much  as it's an issue  with wine, where do you even start?  How do you know good from bad and the differences in quality.
Just talk to the affineur at your local market and they will guide you through the maze of cheese mountains.

A while ago at some country food fair I tasted a walnut liquor cured cheese from the Perigord region. The exhibition was too far from home and without cooler bag, I did not want to buy and products that might turn bad.   When I bought some Mozza the other day, I did inquire about that walnut cheese and not really to my surprise the vendor told me that she has one very similar from the Brittany region.  The story goes that the sisters in the abbey in Pergiord could not keep up with the demand and offered a related Monastery in northern France the recipe.
 So it's virtually the same product, just made elsewhere.

If you visit France and want try some odd cheese, look for this one. Made with cow's milk, the eatable  rind washed and soaked in walnut liquor. 





I DO ENJOY CHEESE BARGAINS

WALNUT FLAVORED CHEESE

MADE BY MONKS

EAT THE RIND

PINEAU WENT WELL WITH IT

MADAME MARTY, VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE CHEESE VENDOR IN JARNAC


Friday, June 27, 2014

BRAIDED MOZZARELLA



This must be the tenth time I talk about Mozzarella. It just so happens to be my favorite quick lunch.
And our Mozzarella consumption has developed as well. When I first saw the individual packages at LIDL for .49, I must have prepared them in a variety of ways at least once a week.
Salads, sandwich, Pizza, you name it.
Then one time we bought some Buffala Mozzarella at the local market and though pricey, it was such huge difference to the store bought one. 

Now the local cheese lady brings in 2 kg bulk pieces of braided Mozzarella and it's brilliant quality at a more acceptable price. It sells well she told me, but mostly in the summer, which makes sense.
A fresh shipment has arrived for today's market, so I had to buy some. The fresher the better with this Italian cheese.  Here is a video that shows how they braid the fresh cheese. 

Lunch as great.



AT THE JARNAC MARKET

FRESH SHIPMENT FROM ITALY

TWO KG PIECE OF FRESH MOZZARELLA

WHITE GOLD

LUNCH FOR ONE

LUNCH SERVED


Monday, June 23, 2014

HACK ATTACK


GOOGLE KNEW IT



All is good. I am not stuck in Madrid and I do not need 1000.00 to fly back home to my aunt's funeral. I received an email from a Blog reader with whom I conversed in the past about a pending move to France.
Google even alerted me in RED that the attachment may be not what it seems to be, etc etc. So I emailed back asking simply " For real?" And then the equally short reply hit my back up email account, which was truly bizarre, since not many people have it. It said, "yes" and I thought it's a safe document.....

Things went downhill quickly and as a precaution I shut down the TCH associated email address and with it, the Blog. I took my laptop to our local IT shop and indeed, some baaaaad virus came into my system . But it got quarantined quickly and not much more happened, but it was a weird experience. So, Mrs. K from Kalispell Montana, if you still follow my Blog, you got hacked. Bloody hell. I am still cranky.

World Cup anyone? Last night's final second equalizer by Portugal made me upset having stayed up until 2 am to watch that fantastic game! But my prediction that Germany and USA will advance and Ronaldo gets to go on a long holiday is much closer to reality now. 

 RONALDO, A MAN WITH A HUGE HEART

Sunday, June 08, 2014

MORE CLASSIC CARS



So I wrote this whole post on the iPad with a Blogger app, just to see it disappear into them tubes of the Interwebs. Gone. Having to retype it, when typing is not your favorite thing to do at all, a major pain in the derriere!
I wrote about the monthly car meeting here, so I make this post even shorter. My favorite today was this classic 1959 Mercedes 190 SL. What an elegant vehicle for it's time.  
The crowd is getting bigger and bigger every month, a good sign of life in Jarnac. 

Enjoy the pictures.


























Saturday, June 07, 2014

SOME PICTURES



Though the day started out with heavy rain at seven in the morning, it ended up to be a very nice, hot day. When I came back from Angouleme around 4 pm, the thermometer showed 31 Celsius. That's pool weather. 

After a quick dinner I went on a short walk around town and did take my camera with me, not sure why, but I took some random images. It's really quiet after 7 pm here, you can see the empty streets. It's not an exception, it is the rule in rural Charente.

Christians are celebrating Pentecoast and when I passed St. Peter's there was a crowd and most kids were dressed in white. Nice. Now if only I would know what this holiday is about.

Enjoy the pictures

VICTORIA'S FLOWERS ARE BRIGHTENING UP THE ALLEY


PENTECOAST


THE HOTEL IS BUSY 

GREAT SPOT FOR PEOPLE WATCHING.....

LOOKING GOOD

STORE FOR RENT BY THE MARKET

DID I TELL YOU THAT WE HAVE A LAUNDROMAT  IN TOWN?

NICE DAY

DOWNTOWN JARNAC AT 8 PM







Friday, June 06, 2014

JARNAC MARKET


As of today, the new market in Jarnac is open. Credit where credit is due, the demolition of the old, and construction of the new structure were on time.  Since today is the market's first day, it was very busy. the busiest I have ever seen it. 

Most vendors were upbeat and glad to be out of the temporary space, down below the Mitterand museum.
There is a second Fromagerie that's new, another Boulanger from Foussignac, lots of vegetable and fruit vendors, two fish mongers and set outside the market is a new vendor with Rotisserie chicken and other fine fresh food.
The Asian food truck who normally only shows up on Sunday, was there too today. Not sure if she just came for the grand opening, or will come here more frequently now. I've seen her rotate to other markets in the area.


The vendor where I buy my Olive Oil, had a lunch counter built, his plan is to offer small plates of cold cuts, Oysters and such. Not a bad idea, even though I would have preferred a market restaurant such as in Angouleme.
The coffee vendor has a cool new Espresso machine and a few tables to hang out at, so that's not bad a t all for the new market.
It's open daily, except Monday. i am sure the store owners in the pedestrian zone are glad to have the market back, foot traffic was down for the year they say.

Here is what the local paper said on Saturday....

http://www.charentelibre.fr/2014/06/07/la-renaissance-du-marche-couvert-de-jarnac,1899354.php