Friday, December 12

Of Mice and Puddings

12th December
Mme Bontette took me to a market that I'd not visited before and introduced me to her favourite butcher who had a splendid display of boudins. I had no idea what to do with the Boudin blanc so decided to buy a couple along with a section of boudin noir artisanale*, Mme B has never tried the boudin blanc either. I felt we should try them out and invited the Bontettes for lunch, Mme. B's previous meal experiences at my house have been a bit chaotic, she was looking apprehensive as she accepted this invitation

And she was correct; although I had a nice idea involving caramelising apples to serve with the boudins along with a salad and lemon mayonnaise. It all went horribly wrong, I was too busy chatting and my boudins burnt.

* whereas we Brits usually use 'black pudding' fried up as part of a greasy breakfast, my neighbours serve the boudin noir as it comes from the butcher, sliced up and cold as part of the hors d'oeuvres.

After lunch Zeppelin man turned up with my dishwasher. He's just repaired the mouse-chewed cables. I have now made some paper 'mice' attached to strings and the cats are on an intensive training programme.


  1. I'm glad you included the link for the definition of boudins otherwise I would have been clueless.

    Perhaps you've already discussed your thoughts on using mouse traps. I've had a mouser cat before but the simple snap mouse trap (with a dab of peanut butter as bait) proved to be much more effective.

  2. Hi Bill, if you click the mouse label you can see how pathetic my efforts with a humane mouse trap were. I'm not totally averse to the snap trap and may well have to use those too now.

  3. I'd never heard of boudins before but now I'm positively salivating for them. And I'm a vegetarian! How do you do that?

  4. Hey Lulu -

    Were you thinking of me when you put in the Wikipedia link to "boudin"? You know I would have asked, right? I see they eat them in Canada too, but I remain without first-hand experience. See you.

  5. I adore vegetarian food Prunella, I just think it's often improved with the addition of a little animal.

    That wiki was very Ameri-centric KSV. I'd always thought they were a European thing. The Spanish are the boudin kings of the universe.

  6. "I have now made some paper 'mice' attached to strings and the cats are on an intensive training programme."

    Could it be that it is you, dear one, who is being trained by le chats? :)


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