Christmas is just around the corner, once again! This year I am so disorganised having just completed my studies after two intense years…so have to get planning. Are you organised? Do you need some inspiration? Here are some of my favourite french influenced pantry staples, which make great Christmas gifts…
These jars of happiness contain small sour and crunchy gherkins. They are very tart and versatile. As a kid when hiking or on family picnics, they were served in pieces of baguettes, butter, ham or saucisson (salami) and pieces of cornichons (kor-nee-shon). Cornichons are also used in steak tartare sauce, on cheese and charcuteries (cold meats) platters.
Note: If you can’t obtain the Maille brand you can try others but they will most likely be sweeter but still do the job – Try the Essential Ingredient store , Try Victoria Market french cheese shop in Melbourne.
2. Velours Balsamique:
Have just recently been introduced to this amazing balsamic concoction. It is slightly sweet as they use cooked grape and is syrup or glaze consistency. We have fallen in love with this bottle of goodness. You can just drizzle it over meats and salads or little toast squares with some olive oil. I’ve yet to find this one in Australian supermarkets but the Maille store stocks it and can be ordered online or alternatively you can try Amazon.com
When it comes to mustards there are plenty to choose from, whole grain, Dijon etc.. In the Travelling Frenchies pantry you will always find the Dijon Original Mustard as we use it in our delicious vinaigrette (salad dressing)… and personally can’t live without dressing on my salads.Alternatively at the luxe end of Mustards why not try Maille’s Black Truffle and Chablis Mustard (Maille if you are reading this, happy to test this one…. on my wishlist).