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Eating seriously local

Occasionally,  new made-up words (neologisms, if you must) make my teeth ache. Like, for example, glamping. (I simply can’t reconcile the concepts of “glamour” and “camping.”) And then there’s locavore, referring to someone who prefers to eat food that is … Continue reading

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The Mayor’s speech (2019 edition)

This past Friday we attended Mayor Pascal Dussol’s state-of-the-village address — that is,  la traditionnelle cérémonie des vœux —  and thought it was the most jam-packed such meeting we’ve seen in Daglan. My wife Jan and I arrived with two friends … Continue reading

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Getting the turkey right

This year, we went the “traditional” route for our Christmas lunch — but with a twist. Yes, it was turkey and trimmings, including mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce. But thanks to the inspiration of son Michael in Toronto, I … Continue reading

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The Tree Report, 2018

It’s become a tradition that I photograph the village’s Christmas tree each year, as it stands relatively proudly in our main square. Some readers have come to expect this, after being astounded five years ago by what may well have … Continue reading

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Our large (okay, huge) black truffles

One of the things I love about life in Daglan is that there’s life in Daglan. Not that we’re one of France’s hot spots — far from it, especially at this time of year. But it seems that our village … Continue reading

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Our own black (truffle) market

Now I can truly say: “There was a fungus among us.” I refer, of course, to Tuber melanosporum,  the black (or winter) truffle, one of which was, until recently, at rest in our kitchen. Yes, this past Sunday was the … Continue reading

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Double your truffle

I’m not sure that Daglan will become known as the Truffle Capital of the World, but our village is definitely taking the tubers seriously. This past summer, it opened a weekly market for summer truffles (see “Our new truffle market … Continue reading

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