Well, it was quite a weekend. I spent the two days cleaning the house; putting things in the new cabinets, shoving the old refrigerator into the garden and clearing away the construction dust and cobwebs. It was quite an undertaking but very satisfying. I brought in the carpets from the garage and laid them out. The carpets provide a little bit more insulation on the tiles.
Snow is coming maybe as early as Thursday and we’re already in hats and gloves. The cats’ paws are freezing! I know this because the kitten, Bandit, jumps in the bed with me after coming in at night. This behavior is under discussion.
I’m really excited about my stove that is arriving next week. It is a Lacanche, the Aga of France. It will be blue, unlike the picture, and will have a matching exhaust hood. They are called the “Les Piano gastronomes”. I love that. It has four burners, left and right and a large mega burner in the center that’s covered. I ordered the model with 3 ovens; gas, electric and a smaller oven with a broiler.
It was quite a struggle choosing between the Lacanche and the Godin, another premium oven made in France. On one hand, the Godin has an option to have an extra oven that simmers, freeing up a burner for slow cooking. On the other hand, the Godin that I would have chosen is twice the price of the Lacanche. Two people I know have Lacanche, I’ve got a slow cooker, my husband’s face looked funny, case closed. Anyway, I’m buying locally. Lacanche is a village in Burgundy that was once noted for it’s ironworks. These ironworks evolved into a production center for high end range cookers. Lacanche is located about 30 km from Beaune, capitol of the famous Burgundy wines. It all makes sense; wine, farms, snails, mustard, stove. And guys! Chablis is in Burgundy as is Bailly, the home of the celebrated cremants of Burgundy.
Cremant is a type of a sparkling wine made in France. According to French law, wines must be labeled according to region. For example, sparkling wines produced in Champagne are the only ones that can legally be labeled Champagne. All others must call themselves cremant or mousseux or whatever, but cannot call themselves champagne.
Bailly is on the border of Champagne, separated by a river that runs into the Seine. The underground cave is located in an old stone quarry that used to supply stone blocks for building construction in Paris. The stone blocks were transported up the river in barges.
Wine producers in both Bailly and Champagne use the same water, the same grapes, the same method of production and ageing. Veuve Clicquot costs 32 Euros, while the best Chardonnay cremant costs 7 Euros. Hello! The results of a blind folded taste test on our French neighbors, using Veuve Clicquot Champagne and Bailly Cremant, resulted in a unanimous ruling for the cremant! So, not wanting to out French the French……
This blog is really going to be about cooking and recipes, I’m just waiting for the Lacanche.