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Since it's Easter and eggs are top of mind, I'm reposting a previous article on wonderful eggs in France. "Joyeuses Paques" to you and yours!
I am always amazed at the food side of Easter in France. Of course, the French plan a big Easter Sunday lunch with family and all kinds of favorite recipes and dishes. But it's really the Easter chocolate which is astonishing. Every patisserie and candy shop is overflowing with chocolate eggs large and small, chocolate bunnies, chocolate bells (in France, their 'Easter bunny' is the church bells which bring candy and chocolates back from Rome), chocolate chickens, and so much more, all wrapped with colorful ribbons and bows. As French Affaires' friend Betty Reiter - Betty was born in France and now lives in Dallas, Texas, and runs a beautiful European clothing shop - puts it, "Childhood memories... We got loads of chickens, fishes, eggs and bells all made out of chocolate and stuffed with more chocolates!" And this is no dime-store candy, my friends. This is great eating chocolate even at your more humble pastry shops. So for Easter in France not only do you do your Sunday lunch market shopping, you do your Easter 'chocolate shopping' as well.
But in the extravaganza of French chocolate eggs at Easter, let's not forget the joys of real French eggs all year long. Eggs in France are fabulous in my opinion - large, flavorful and with deep golden, nearly orange yolks. You can buy wonderful fresh eggs from vendors at weekly farmers' markets all over France and also from local farms where one lives. This egg vendor and eleveur in Normandy raises his own chickens outdoors - "en plein air" - and is proud of his wares.
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