Panier of Plenty


Not all baguettes are born equal. It is clear that the quality varies
greatly (along with the choice). Of course it is still possible to
find boulangeries using ancient methods – the four à pain, au feu de
bois, that has served for centuries, but more and more frequently there
are ‘imposters’ – dough that has been supplied frozen or pre-made and
is then heated rapidly to produce a fresh loaf. If it is warm from the
oven, the difference is not too dramatic, but it dries quickly and
can’t be kept. All of these factors are taken into account when choosing
such an important staple, as the price continues to mount and quality
diminish. Yet, as all things are bound to change, sometimes it can be
for the better. As our local boulangerie acquired a new owner the bread
has improved, surpassing any expectations, and each crusty mouthful
can be savoured. Our order has also followed suit – it is the ‘baguette
tradition’ (1.05 euros) which now graces the table.

Our daily baguette

Previous post: Our Daily Bread

Tradition. Lamanon, Provence

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6 thoughts on “Tradition

  1. Good bread over here costs a fortune – you’re very lucky.

    • Yes! Thank you Anne, good to think of it that way as it is easy to forget, as buying it daily is such a ritual, and I sometimes calculate the 40+ euros in bread each month as I am so used to home cooking… it is much better than my baking attempts however, the taste and texture is never quite the same! I hope you have a good bakery nearby, I imagine so, and many wonderful English cheeses (like with nettles…) and fresh cream products (clotted cream!)…

  2. mesarapugs on said:

    Looks delicious – love the variation on the shape theme. A good sourdough here costs $6.50. Love the colour scheme on the boulangerie x

    • At Gumnut perhaps, if I hazard a guess, for a large loaf?! Sourdough is rare here, haven’t seen it yet. Bread consumption is ‘extremely high’ in comparison with what I’m used to – it is lucky there is quite a price difference! xxx

  3. Hi Vivienne, I love the little splash of Eau de nil green on those shutters and doors. It’s a big part of the colour scape when I think of rustic, country living, (that and sprays of lavender!) How thankful your household must be, to still enjoy those beautiful baguettes that (we) all dream of and hope to experience one day.

    • Hello Alice, thank you, you have just expended my colour scape as I had to look up eau de nil green! Our shutters here are olive, but it’s a lot more turquoise than what i would call olive – I love seeing all the different colour schemes. I used to dream of the perfect baguette in Australia… there are many delicious ones yet they are different here and I don’t (yet) know the secret! Bon voyage (towards your future adventures)…(:

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