take a trip with
KARINE ELUDUT
A GOURMAND TOUR DE FRANCE

take a trip with

KARINE ELUDUT

TOUR DE FRANCE SERIES

Bonjour, et bienvenue en France!

As a French native, French cuisine is an integral part of my life. We French people have a deep love for food; we love to talk about it, prepare it, and most importantly, eat it. We take pride in being both "gourmands" and "gourmets." In this series, we will embark on a culinary journey across France, stopping in different regions to explore their iconic and most popular dishes, commonly found in French households. France is a diverse country, and so is its cuisine. So, fasten your seatbelts and get ready to embark on this gourmand and gourmet Tour de France with me! — Karine

Please enjoy this series by Karine Eludut. Food photography on this page is ©Karine Eludut.



Nancy, France
QUICHE LORRAINE
A SAVORY TART FROM NORTHEASTERN FRANCE
NORTHEASTERN FRANCE
Quiche Lorraine Our first stopover is Nancy, located in Lorraine - northeastern France, which is famous for its Quiche Lorraine. I chose this destination to be our first one as it happens to be my birthplace.

Nancy, France

KARINE IN NANCY

"Nancy, Nancy: trois minutes d’arrêt!” (“Nancy, Nancy: three-minute stop!”) —the lively announcement echoing through the train's speakers as it gracefully pulled into Nancy gare station. Growing up, I always thought my hometown was beautiful, but it wasn't until I ventured out that I realized its rich tapestry of history.

Walking through Nancy is akin to flipping through the pages of a captivating history book, with each step revealing a new chapter. From the charming medieval streets with their worn cobblestones to the sleek modern avenues, the city seamlessly weaves together past and present.

Now, picture this: you're chilling on the terrace of Café du Commerce, sipping on some tea or maybe a fancy latte, all while basking in the splendor of Place Stanislas. This magnificent square, commissioned by the exiled Polish King Stanislas, is the beating heart of Nancy. Designed in the 18th century by the visionary architect Emmanuel Héré under the commission of King Stanislas, it's a living testament to the city's royal past and artistic prowess. With its City Hall, Museum of Fine Arts, enchanting fountains, and lively cafés and restaurants, it's no wonder Place Stanislas has earned UNESCO World Heritage status - its architectural splendor and historical significance are simply unmatched.

And then there's the enchanting Art Nouveau, a movement that found its epicenter in Nancy during the early 20th century. Walking into Crédit Lyonnais, housed within a historic building, I'm always in awe of the intricate glass ceilings—a testament to the city's artistic flair and innovation. Nancy became a playground for renowned figures like Émile Gallé, and its streets are peppered with architectural gems like the Villa Majorelle.

But perhaps most emblematic of Nancy is its symbol, the thistle, with the motto "Qui s’y frotte, s’y pique" (He who touches it, gets pricked). It's a fitting metaphor for a city that's both beautiful and formidable, inviting exploration yet retaining an air of mystery and resilience.

A LITTLE SIGHTSEEING: EXPLORING LORRAINE

Lorraine, nestled in northeastern France, is a region brimming with history, culture, and natural beauty. While Nancy, its capital, shines brightly with its architectural wonders and culinary delights, there are other gems waiting to be discovered across the region. Here are some additional places worth visiting:

Metz: As one of the major cities in Lorraine, Metz boasts a rich tapestry of history and modernity. Its stunning Gothic cathedral, Saint-Étienne de Metz, is a marvel of medieval architecture, while the Centre Pompidou-Metz showcases contemporary art against a backdrop of innovative design. Stroll along the banks of the Moselle River, explore charming neighborhoods, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this dynamic city.

Les Vosges: Escape to the tranquil beauty of Les Vosges, a low mountain range that stretches across Lorraine. Here, outdoor enthusiasts can indulge in a plethora of activities year-round. In the winter, hit the slopes at one of the ski resorts nestled amidst snow-capped peaks. During the warmer months, hike through lush forests, paddle across crystal-clear lakes, or simply soak in the breathtaking scenery. With its rolling hills and serene landscapes, Les Vosges offers a perfect retreat for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

Baccarat: Step into a world of elegance and craftsmanship in the charming town of Baccarat. Renowned for its exquisite crystalware, Baccarat has been synonymous with luxury and refinement for centuries. Visit the Maison de la Cristallerie to witness master artisans at work, marvel at the shimmering displays in the crystal museum, and perhaps even take home a timeless piece of Baccarat crystal as a souvenir. A visit to Baccarat is a journey into the artistry and heritage of fine craftsmanship.

FAMOUS LORRAINE FOOD SPECIALTIES
  • QUICHE LORRAINE - a savory tart
  • Paté Lorrain - a savory dish made with chopped pork and veal flavored with white wine and baked in puff pastry
  • Macarons de Nancy - which should not be confused with the world-famous Parisian macarons, Nancy's macarons are typically single-shelled almond cookies, while Parisian macarons are sandwich-like cookies made with almond flour
  • Madeleines de Commercy - the little sponge cakes with their distinctive shell-shape
  • Dragées de Verdun - bite-size confectionery composed of almonds coated in sugar and honey
  • Bergamotes de Nancy - candies flavored with bergamot (a citrus fruit) essential oils

QUICHE LORRAINE - A LORRAINE FOOD SPECIALTY

Quiche Lorraine is a rustic and classic French dish renowned for its simplicity, yet rich and indulgent flavor. Originating from the Lorraine region in northeastern France, this savory pie-like dish has gained widespread popularity both in its home country and internationally.

The basic ingredients of Quiche Lorraine include eggs, cream, and lardons (strips of bacon). These ingredients are combined and poured into a pastry crust, typically made with flour, butter, a pinch of salt and pepper, and a dash of nutmeg. The filling is then baked until it sets, resulting in a golden, creamy, and satisfying dish. Traditional quiche Lorraine does not have cheese.

One of the distinctive features of Quiche Lorraine is its deliciously simple flavor profile. The richness of the eggs and cream is balanced by the saltiness of the bacon or lardons. The pastry crust provides a buttery and flaky base that complements the creamy filling perfectly.

Quiche Lorraine is incredibly versatile and can be served hot or cold, making it suitable for any occasion. It is often enjoyed as a hearty breakfast or brunch dish, but it also makes for a delightful lunch or dinner option when paired with a fresh salad or vegetables. Its popularity as a party or picnic food further attests to its widespread appeal.

Over the years, various adaptations of Quiche Lorraine have emerged, with some incorporating additional ingredients such as cheese, onions, mushrooms, or spinach. However, the traditional recipe remains a timeless favorite, cherished for its comforting flavors and straightforward preparation.

In addition to its delicious taste, Quiche Lorraine holds cultural significance as a symbol of French culinary heritage. Its enduring popularity around the world reflects the universal appreciation for the simple yet satisfying pleasures of good food. Whether enjoyed as a cozy meal at home or as part of a festive gathering, Quiche Lorraine continues to delight taste buds and bring people together through its timeless appeal.

KARINE's QUICHE LORRAINE RECIPE

Quiche Lorraine is a rustic and classic French dish renowned for its simplicity, yet rich and indulgent flavor. Originating from the Lorraine region in northeastern France, this savory pie-like dish has gained widespread popularity both in its home country and internationally.

a breakfast / brunch recipe using:
by Karine Eludut

MY FAVORITE VARIATIONS
around the QUICHE LORRAINE
  • Salmon Spinach Quiche
  • Roasted Vegetable Quiche
  • Asparagus Quiche

WINE PAIRINGS
with QUICHE LORRAINE
  • Riesling (Alsace white wine)
  • Beaujolais (red wine)

STAY TUNED for THE NEXT STOP
coming soon!
NORTHWESTERN FRANCE

Our second stopover will be Quiberon, located in Brittany - northwestern France, which is famous for its Caramel au Beurre Salé.

I chose this destination to be our second stop because my family from my father’s side is from nearby.


Quiberon, France

Recipe: Crêpes au caramel au beurre salé

Traditional quiche Lorraine contains basic ingredients (eggs, cream, strips of bacon, salt, pepper and nutmeg).
It's important to prick the bottom of the crust with a fork.
Ready to go to the oven.


Quiberon, Brittany
CRÊPES AU CARAMEL AU BEURRE SALÉ
SALTED CARAMEL, A NORTHWESTERN FRANCE SPECIALTY
NORTHWESTERN FRANCE
Crêpes au Caramel au Beurre Salé Our second stopover is Quiberon, located in Brittany - northwestern France, which is famous for its Caramel au Beurre Salé. I chose this destination to be our second stop because my family from my father’s side is from nearby.

Quiberon, Brittany, France
A LITTLE SIGHTSEEING: QUIBERON FRANCE

Quiberon, nestled on Brittany’s southern coast, boasts stunning beaches, rugged cliffs, and a charming town center. Whether you’re exploring historic sites, indulging in fresh seafood, or soaking up the sun, Quiberon offers a captivating coastal escape.

KARINE IN QUIBERON

How about spending a day in Quiberon together? We’ll rise early to witness the stunning sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean, immersing ourselves in the salty air and the symphony of birdsong. Afterward, let’s meander along the coastal trails, surrounded by the captivating beauty of bunny tails plants.

As breakfast beckons, we’ll make a beeline for the nearest boulangerie to relish a divine Kouign Amann paired with our favorite coffee. A stop at the farmers’ market is essential, brimming with stalls offering fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood straight from the fishermen, charcuterie, cheeses, local specialties, and crafts.
Amidst the city center’s quaint streets, we’ll visit Chocolaterie Henri LeRoux to indulge in some delectable Caramel au Beurre Salé candies, invented by the renowned Henri LeRoux himself. Before renting bikes, let’s enjoy lunch at one of the brasseries overlooking the stunning beach. Who’s up for a dozen oysters and a savory buckwheat crêpe?

Next, we’ll bike along the west coast of the Quiberon Peninsula (Route Côtière), where rugged cliffs overlook the Bay of Biscay, offering breathtaking views. Time to unwind! Let’s treat ourselves to a rejuvenating algae body wrap and a massage at the thalasso therapy center. For dinner, we’ll reserve a table at a restaurant in the Port Maria neighborhood to witness the mesmerizing sunset. Our meal will feature sumptuous shellfish, fresh fish, and, of course, a delectable sweet crêpe for dessert.
If not too tired, let’s cap off our day with some time in the Casino for a bit of fun and excitement. Who’s in for this unforgettable Quiberon adventure?

A LITTLE SIGHTSEEING AROUND QUIBERON

Brittany is a treasure trove of attractions waiting to be explored! Among the multitude of destinations, I’ve handpicked three worth your time, each with its own unique charm, all conveniently located near Quiberon.

Belle-Ile: Belle-Île-en-Mer, commonly referred to as Belle-Île, is a picturesque island located off the coast of Quiberon (14 km/9 miles). Known for its stunning coastal landscapes, rugged cliffs, and sandy beaches, Belle-Île is a popular destination for tourists seeking natural beauty and outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and water sports. The island also boasts charming villages, historic sites, and cultural attractions.

Carnac: Carnac is a commune located in the Morbihan department in Brittany, France, known for its impressive megalithic monuments. These ancient stone alignments, comprising thousands of standing stones, are among the largest such collections in the world and are a UNESCO World Heritage site. Carnac is also a popular seaside resort, attracting tourists with its sandy beaches, charming village atmosphere, and proximity to other Breton attractions.

Vannes: Vannes is a charming medieval city , famous for its well-preserved historic center, cathedral, and bustling port. It’s a vibrant cultural hub and gateway to exploring the southern coastline of Brittany.

FAMOUS BRITTANY FOOD SPECIALTIES
  • CRÊPES
  • CARAMEL AU BEURRE SALÉ
  • Kouign Amann - Kouign amann is a delicious Breton pastry made from bread dough containing layers of butter and sugar, similar to puff pastry or croissant dough, but with additional sugar folded in during the process, creating a caramelized, crispy crust. The name “kouign amann” comes from the Breton words for “cake” and “butter.”
  • Far Breton - Far Breton is a dense, custard-like cake made with eggs, flour, sugar, and milk or cream, flavored with vanilla and often infused with rum-soaked prunes or other dried fruits. The batter is poured into a buttered dish and baked until set, resulting in a smooth, creamy texture with a slightly caramelized crust. It’s a comforting and delicious treat that showcases the simple yet rich flavors of Brittany cuisine.
  • Buckwheat galettes (crêpes) - Buckwheat galettes are traditional Breton savory crepes made from buckwheat flour, water, and salt. They are typically filled with ingredients such as ham, cheese, eggs, or vegetables, folded into a square shape, and enjoyed as a delicious and hearty meal.
  • Sablés bretons (cookies) - Sablés Bretons are classic French butter cookies originating from Brittany. They are characterized by their rich, buttery flavor and crisp texture, often with a slightly sandy or crumbly consistency. Sablés Bretons are typically made with simple ingredients including butter, sugar, flour, and egg yolks, and are enjoyed as a delightful treat with tea or coffee.
  • Cotriade - Cotriade is a traditional Breton fish stew made with a variety of fresh fish and shellfish, simmered together in a flavorful broth with aromatic vegetables and herbs. It’s a hearty and comforting dish that showcases the rich flavors of Brittany’s coastal cuisine.

CRÊPES AU CARAMEL AU BEURRE SALÉ - A BRITTANY FOOD SPECIALTY

Crêpes, those thin and delicate French pancakes, have captured hearts and palates worldwide with their irresistible combination of versatility and deliciousness. Originating from Brittany, France, these delectable treats have become a culinary canvas for a wide array of flavors and textures, earning them a well-deserved place in the pantheon of beloved French foods.

What sets crêpes apart is their sheer adaptability. They can be filled or topped with just about anything, from the simplest of ingredients to the most luxurious delicacies, making them suitable for any occasion or craving.

For a classic and timeless treat, a light dusting of sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice is all it takes to transform a humble crêpe into a mouthwatering delight. Or, indulge your sweet tooth with decadent combinations like rich chocolate sauce and fresh strawberries, velvety hazelnut-chocolate spread and bananas, or tangy raspberry coulis and whipped cream. And of course with Caramel au Beurre Salé.

If savory is more your style, crêpes are equally versatile in savory applications. A filling of ham and gooey melted cheese, perhaps with a touch of béchamel sauce, creates a satisfying meal reminiscent of the iconic croque-monsieur. For a lighter option, fill your crêpe with spinach, mushrooms, and gruyere cheese for a sophisticated vegetarian option.

From breakfast to dessert, crêpes never fail to impress. Their elegance and simplicity make them a staple of French cuisine, enjoyed at quaint street-side crêperies, cozy bistros, and fine dining establishments alike. Whether you’re savoring them on a leisurely weekend morning or indulging in a late-night snack, crêpes are a delicious reminder of the beauty of simplicity in cooking.

Caramel au beurre salé, or salted butter caramel, is a beloved French confection known for its rich and indulgent flavor. Made by caramelizing sugar and combining it with butter and cream, this sweet and savory sauce is often used as a topping or filling for desserts such as crepes, cakes, and ice cream. Invented by Henri LeRoux, it’s a cherished treat in France and beyond. To enhance its flavor, it’s often sprinkled with fleur de sel, adding a delicate touch of saltiness to complement the sweetness of the caramel.

KARINE’s CRÊPES AU CARAMEL AU BEURRE SALÉ RECIPE

Crêpes are incredibly thin and delicate French pancakes, known for their versatility and deliciousness. These delectable treats can be filled or topped with a wide range of sweet or savory ingredients, making them a culinary canvas for a variety of flavors and textures. Whether served with a simple drizzle of lemon and sugar, decadent chocolate and strawberries, or savory ham and cheese, crêpes are a delightful addition to any meal, from breakfast to dessert. Their elegance and simplicity make them a beloved classic in French cuisine and beyond.

MY FAVORITE VARIATIONS
around the CRÊPES
  • Crêpes aux champignons (Crêpes filled with a mushroom sauce)
  • Crêpes with sautéed caramelized apple
  • Crêpes filled with goat cheese and bacon strips

PAIRINGS
with CRÊPES AU CARAMEL AU BEURRE SALÉ
  • Cidre (Apple cider) alcoholic or non-alcoholic
  • Tea/coffee
  • Local beer

STAY TUNED for THE NEXT STOP
coming soon!
NORTHWESTERN FRANCE

Let’s stay on Northwestern France for our third stopover which is Honfleur located in Normandy. Honfleur is famous for its seafood and shellfish.

I chose this destination to be our third stop because Honfleur is one of the most exquisite little port town, which was, and still is, affectionate by artists.


Honfleur, France

Recipe: Mouclade au Safran (Saffron Mussels)

CRÊPES - process
Crêpes are made with simple ingredients: flour, sugar, eggs, butter, milk and salt
The batter needs to be smooth and lumps free
Flip and cook the other side. Almost ready!
CARAMEL AU BEURRE SALÉ - process
Sugar, butter, heavy cream, vanilla and fleur de sel is all what you need!
First, make a dark amber caramel with the sugar only
The salted caramel is cooked, sprinkle some fleur de sel.


Honfleur, Normandy
MOUCLADE AU SAFRAN (Saffron Mussels)
A NORMAN FOOD SPECIALTY
NORTHWESTERN FRANCE
Mouclade Au Safran (Saffron Mussels) Let's stay in the Northwestern part of France! Our third stopover is Honfleur, located in Normandy. Honfleur is one of the most exquisite little coastal towns, renowned for its picturesque old port, "Vieux Bassin," and its beautifully preserved architecture. Honfleur is famous for its seafood and shellfish. I chose this destination to be our third stop because Honfleur is one place that captures your heart as soon as you arrive.

Honfleur, France
A LITTLE SIGHTSEEING: HONFLEUR FRANCE

Honfleur, a picturesque coastal town reminiscent of scenes from a postcard, exudes an irresistible allure, drawing visitors with its promise of winding, cobblestone streets, bustling harbors dotted with colorful boats, and an abundance of culinary delights, particularly its renowned seafood offerings.

KARINE IN HONFLEUR

Remembering my first encounter
My first time in Honfleur was like stepping into a painting brought to life. From the moment I set foot in this picturesque coastal town, I was enchanted by its old-world charm and captivating beauty. The cobblestone streets, lined with centuries-old buildings adorned with colorful shutters and blooming flowers, whispered tales of a bygone era waiting to be explored.

As I wandered through the narrow alleyways of the old town, my senses were overwhelmed by the sights, sounds, and smells of this vibrant community. The lively bustle of the Vieux Bassin, the old port brimming with fishing boats and bustling cafés, filled the air with the melodious clang of bells and the salty tang of the sea. Each corner I turned revealed a new wonder: the towering spires of Saint Catherine's Church, the tranquil beauty of the Jardin des Personnalités, and the quaint charm of hidden courtyards tucked away from the main thoroughfares.

Of course, no visit to Honfleur would be complete without indulging in its culinary delights. From the freshest seafood straight from the ocean to decadent pastries and creamy cheeses, every meal was a feast for the senses, savored against the backdrop of sweeping views of the harbor and the gentle lapping of waves against the shore.

Honfleur Harbor

As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting a warm glow over the town, I found myself reluctantly bidding farewell to Honfleur, knowing that I had experienced something truly magical in this timeless corner of the world. But as I turned to leave, I couldn't help but smile, knowing that I would carry the memories of my first visit with me forever. In that moment, I could almost feel the presence of Claude Monet, the famous painter who found inspiration in Honfleur's beauty, immortalizing the scene with his signature strokes, adding an extra layer of enchantment to an already unforgettable day.

A LITTLE SIGHTSEEING: EXPLORING NORMANDY

Normandy captivates with its scenic coastal landscapes, historic landmarks, and rich culinary heritage. From the iconic white cliffs of Étretat to the historic beaches of the D-Day landings, Normandy offers a captivating blend of natural beauty and cultural significance.

Deauville: Deauville, a glamorous seaside resort in Normandy, France, is known for its wide sandy beach famous for its colored parasols, historic wooden boardwalk, and upscale ambiance. Key attractions include the Deauville Casino, the annual American Film Festival, and a vibrant equestrian culture with horse races and polo tournaments. The town also features high-end shopping, gourmet dining, and iconic grand hotels like Hôtel Barrière Le Normandy. Deauville's mix of natural beauty, cultural richness, and luxury makes it a prime destination for discerning travelers. Deauville Beach

Étretat: Étretat is a picturesque coastal town in Normandy, famous for its stunning white chalk cliffs and natural arches. Key attractions include the Porte d'Aval arch, the Needle rock formation, and the beautiful pebble beach. The town also features the Gardens of Étretat and the Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde, offering panoramic views. Known for inspiring artists like Claude Monet and writers like Guy de Maupassant, Étretat is also linked to the legend of the fictional gentleman thief Arsène Lupin, created by Maurice Leblanc. Étretat combines natural beauty, artistic heritage, and cultural mystique, making it a must-visit destination in Normandy. Etretat Cliffs Normandy countryside: The Norman countryside in northwestern France is a picturesque region known for its rolling green hills, historic villages, and rich cultural heritage. Highlights include the charming "bocage" landscape, quaint villages like Beuvron-en-Auge and Camembert, historic châteaux such as Château de Carrouges, and the scenic Cider Route with its apple orchards and local ciders. The area is also significant for its D-Day landing beaches and renowned for its culinary delights, including Camembert cheese and calvados. The Norman countryside offers a serene and enriching experience with its natural beauty and historical depth. Normandy Countryside D-Day Landing beaches: The D-Day beaches are historic sites of the Allied landings on June 6, 1944, a crucial operation that led to the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi occupation. These beaches—Omaha, Utah, Gold, Juno, and Sword—are now memorialized with museums, monuments, and cemeteries, honoring the bravery and sacrifice of the soldiers who fought there. Omaha Beach

FAMOUS NORMANDY FOOD SPECIALTIES

Normandy, renowned for its rich culinary tradition, boasts several specialty foods that showcase the region's diverse flavors and agricultural abundance. Some notable Normandy specialty foods include:

  • MOUCLADE NORMANDE AU SAFRAN
  • Camembert and Pont-l'Évêque Cheese: These creamy, soft cheeses are emblematic of Normandy's dairy heritage. Produced from cow's milk, they have a distinctive taste and texture, making them popular choices for cheese lovers worldwide.
  • Calvados: This renowned apple brandy is distilled from cider made from locally grown apples. Known for its complex flavor profile and amber hue, Calvados is a staple in Normandy's gastronomy and is often enjoyed as a digestif or used in cooking.
  • Normandy Cider: Made from a blend of different apple varieties, Normandy cider is crisp, refreshing, and slightly effervescent. It comes in various styles, ranging from dry to sweet, and is enjoyed both as a standalone beverage and as an accompaniment to meals.
  • Teurgoule: This traditional Normandy rice pudding is made with local ingredients such as milk, rice, sugar, and cinnamon. Slow-baked to creamy perfection, teurgoule is a comforting and indulgent dessert enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
  • Boudin Noir: Normandy is known for its charcuterie, and boudin noir, or blood pudding, is a specialty often found in the region. Made with pork blood, fat, and spices, it has a rich, savory flavor and is typically served grilled or fried. Note: different from the Louisiana Cajun boudin.
  • Apple Tart: With its abundance of orchards, Normandy is famous for its apple-based desserts, including the classic apple tart. Made with thinly sliced apples layered atop a buttery pastry crust and glazed with apricot jam, it's a delightful way to showcase the region's flavorful apples.
  • Sucre d'orge de Rouen: A traditional barley sugar candy that reflects the region's sweet heritage.

MOUCLADE NORMANDE AU SAFRAN - NORMAN FOOD SPECIALTY

Mouclade Normande au Safran is a tantalizing French culinary creation hailing from the picturesque region of Normandy. This exquisite dish features plump, juicy mussels bathed in a velvety sauce, rich with the flavors of saffron, shallots, garlic, and a hint of Calvados. The harmonious blend of these ingredients creates a symphony of taste sensations that dance on the palate with every bite.

To prepare Mouclade Normande au Safran, fresh mussels are first cleaned and “debearded”, ensuring only the finest quality shellfish make their way into the dish. The sauce, a key component of this indulgent delicacy, is meticulously crafted by sautéing shallots and garlic until fragrant, then adding a generous pinch of saffron threads, which impart not only a mesmerizing golden hue but also a subtle floral note.

Some variations of mouclade incorporate a touch of curry powder, adding a delightful depth of flavor and a hint of warmth to the sauce. However, the Normande version typically relies on the distinct flavors of local ingredients. Once the saffron has infused its essence into the mixture, a splash of apple cider is added, infusing the sauce with a delicate acidity that balances the richness of the cream to come.

Cream is then introduced to the pan, gradually thickening and enveloping the aromatics in its luxurious embrace. As the sauce simmers and melds, the mussels are gently nestled into the bubbling concoction, allowing them to soak up the flavors and release their briny essence into the sauce.

The dish is typically finished with a splash of Calvados and a sprinkling of fresh herbs, such as parsley, adding a pop of color and a final flourish of flavor. Mouclade Normande au Safran is often served piping hot, accompanied by crusty bread, perfect for sopping up every last drop of the sumptuous sauce.

Whether enjoyed as an elegant appetizer or a decadent main course, Mouclade Normande au Safran is sure to delight even the most discerning palate with its exquisite blend of flavors and textures, making it a beloved classic in French cuisine.

KARINE’s MOUCLADE NORMANDE AU SAFRAN RECIPE

Mouclade Normande au Safran is a luxurious and flavorful dish that brings together the best of Normandy’s culinary traditions (apple cider, Calvados brandy, cream) with the delicate taste of saffron. This recipe offers a rich and aromatic experience, perfect for a special occasion or a delightful dinner as an appetizer or main dish.

Mouclade Normande au Safran
Saffron Mussels
a dinner recipe using:
by Karine Eludut

MY FAVORITE VARIATIONS
around the MUSSELS
  • Moules Marinières A French favorite dish, mussels cooked in a flavorful broth of white wine, shallots, and herbs
  • Moules au pastis Combines the fresh, briny taste of mussels with the aromatic, anise-flavored spirit of pastis. This dish is a perfect blend of coastal simplicity and Provencal flair, offering a unique twist on the classic moules marinières.
  • Steamed mussels with leeks Combines simplicity with earthy flavors

PAIRINGS
with MOUCLADE NORMANDE AU SAFRAN
  • Cidre de pommes (Hard apple cider)
  • Muscadet (Pays de Loire white wine)
  • Sauvignon blanc (Bordeaux white wine)

STAY TUNED for THE NEXT STOP
Antibes France
coming soon!
SOUTHEASTERN FRANCE

Let's go South! Our fourth stopover is Antibes, located on the French Riviera. It’s one of the eldest city founded during Antiquity era.

I chose this destination over more famous French Riviera towns as I used to go there for summer vacation as a kid.


Antibes, France

Recipe: Ratatouille Galette

MOUCLADE NORMANDE AU SAFRAN - process
The ingredients
Mussels are steamed
Pouring saffron sauce over the steamed mussels



a selection of
SPICES USED
TOUR DE FRANCE - SPICE COLLECTION

A quick list of all the spices Karine used in this series.

4.9
ground
Nutmeg has a warm, sweet, slightly pungent aroma and taste. Ground nutmeg is a clumpy, light colored, orange-brown powder.
TRY ME - SAMPLE$0.75
2 oz - JAR$6
2 oz - REFILL$5
8 oz - REFILL$14
TRY ME - SAMPLE $0.75
4.5
dark pink
fine grain
Himalayan salt has a strong, salty flavor and a slight mineral aroma. This version is fine grain and ready to use in cooking or as a table salt replacement.
TRY ME - SAMPLE$0.75
4 oz - JAR$3
4 oz - REFILL$2
16 oz - REFILL$7
TRY ME - SAMPLE $0.75
4.9
vietnamese
fine ground
A fine ground version of our Vietnamese black peppercorns. Complete with the same intense aroma, and flavor notes of wood. This fine grain form is perfect for table use.
TRY ME - SAMPLE$0.75
2 oz - JAR$6
2 oz - REFILL$5
8 oz - REFILL$13
TRY ME - SAMPLE $0.75
4.8
dried
fine grain
This artisanal mineral rich sea salt is harvested by hand using centuries-old traditional methods. Its tang is briny and full-flavored. Use it as an all natural, unrefined alternative to common commercial salt.
TRY ME - SAMPLE$0.75
3.5 oz - JAR$3
3.5 oz - REFILL$2
16 oz - REFILL$8
TRY ME - SAMPLE $0.75
5.0
grade a
whole
Whole vanilla bean pods are long, thin, and pliable. They have a rich, dark brown color with a smooth and shiny surface and have an inviting fragrance that is sweet, floral, and slightly spicy.
1 bean - GLASS VIAL (1 CT)$8
3 beans - GLASS VIAL (3 CT)$16
1 bean - GLASS VIAL (1 CT) $8
4.8
gourmet sea salt
flakes
This gourmet artisanal finishing salt is harvested by hand from the coast of France. This bright white treasure is comprised of snow-like crystals and has a slight hint of violets. Use only a pinch of this to enhance dishes just before serving.
TRY ME - SAMPLE$0.75
3 oz - JAR$7
3 oz - REFILL$6
16 oz - REFILL$29
TRY ME - SAMPLE $0.75
5.0
super negin grade
threads
.035 oz - REFILL$12
.176 oz - REFILL$55
.035 oz - REFILL $12
5.0
laurel
whole, various sizes
Bay leaves impart a unique, aromatic flavor profile with woody, slightly floral notes, ideal for enriching soups, stews, and sauces in diverse cuisines.
0.25 oz - REFILL$3
1 oz - REFILL$9
0.25 oz - REFILL $3