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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

INTERNATIONAL: BORDERLESS CUISINE 18 - Gascony, Basque and Occitan Cuisine



Old Map of Gascony 


Newer map of Gascony


Above are recent maps of France and the most recent modern day map with 12 regions

According to Wiki, the cuisine of Gascony is one of the pillars of French cuisine. Its originality stems from its use of regional products and from an age-old tradition, typical of the Aquitane and the Midi-Pyrenees, of cooking in fat, in particular goose and duck fat, whereas the cuisine of the south of France favours frying in oil and the cuisine of Normandy contains more dishes that are simmered or cooked in butter. The long life expectancy of Gascons, despite a rich diet, is a classic example of the French paradox.
  • Regional products like duck fat and duck foie gras, salted ham, and the famous mild chilli (pepper) of Gascony. 
  • Common condiments are Bezolles mustard, garlic, onion and persillade (herb and garlic mixture). Use on steaks roasts and grilled foods.  



Persillade is the culinary term for a chopped mixture of garlic and parsley, usually in equal parts by volume. The root of the word is persil, the French word for parsley.  Simple to make, but a common ingredient in many dishes, it is often included in a sauté cook's staples. It can be added early in a dish for a mellow flavour, added at the very end of the cooking to provide a garlicky jolt, or even used raw as a garnish.


  • The cèpe mushroom is frequently eaten. 
  • Larks and the common wood pigeon are commonly eaten game birds
  • Coastal seafood includes oysters, furrowshells, eel elvers, lampreys and shad.
  • Wines include roses and tannic reds (Bordeaux cabernets and merlot), Madiran tannat and cabernets and dessert wines for brioche, foie gras (Bordeaux sauternes and Armagnac is used in cooking.
  • Chestnuts with glass of vin borru and roste, grilled bread rubbed with garlic.
Basque Cuisine includes 5 areas of Spain and 4 areas of France.  This post emphasizes the French Basque Cuisine. 












LINK to Wiki on Occitan Cuisine

The Occitan area of France is now called Languedoc.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

INTERNATIONAL: FRANCE: TRUMP SCREWS UP AGAIN! SEE MY LETTER IN ENGLISH AND FRENCH TO THE FRENCH PEOPLE!!

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Pour les Français, je suis tellement en colère contre le président Trump pour ses réflexions sur la taxation des vins français. Beaucoup de gens dans ce pays sont complètement opposés aux "guerres commerciales". Espérons que cet être humain terrible ne sera pas élu de nouveau et fera face aux nombreuses poursuites et accusations qu'il tente d'éviter en étant élu de nouveau !! Il a terni la réputation de ce pays, alourdi la dette publique, embarrassé le peuple américain, placé des familles immigrées et leurs enfants dans des camps de concentration dans notre pays ET PLUS !! J'ai déjà visité la France à plus d'une occasion: Paris, Colmar, Strasbourg, Lyon, Dijon et d'autres, et j'ai aimé votre pays. A ce moment, j'aimerais que ce soit le mien! Il faudra des années pour réparer les dégâts causés par ce président. J'espère qu'aucun dommage permanent ne résultera de cela.
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To the French people, I am so angry with President Trump for his thoughts on taxing French wines.  Many of the people in this country are completely against the "trade wars".  Hopefully, this terrible human  being will not be elected again and will face the many lawsuits and charges that he is trying to avoid by being elected again!! He has damaged the reputation of this country, run up the national debt, embarrassed the American people, put immigrant families and their children in concentration camps in our country AND more!!  I have visited France in the past on more than one occasion:  Paris, Colmar, Strasbourg, Lyon, Dijon and other areas and have loved your country.  At this time I wish it were mine!  It will take years to repair the damage caused by this president.  I hope that no permanent damage will come of this. 


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Friday, August 23, 2019

INTERNATIONAL: POLAND: Recipes and Videos



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