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Mariage freres tea

Just had a thought - maybe you could contact MF customer service through their web site and ask if there's a trick to opening this type of tin?

Feb 10, 2014
FrancaV in General Topics

Mariage freres tea

My husband prefers bags for his daily fix of MF Darjeeling so we have never encountered a tin like that. I'm afraid I'd have to see one in person to have a clue as to how the lid might work. In any case it sounds like a very poor design if you can't figure it out. Make sure you have an empty tin available if you end up destroying this one to get at your tea! I would be soooo frustrated, LOL! I hope you can get it open eventually - good luck!

Feb 10, 2014
FrancaV in General Topics

Salmon Rillettes - substitute for Pernod?

Thank you all! White wine, of course, is classic and a good default, but it's not quite the substitute for Pernod I was looking for. White vermouth and cognac sound like more interesting choices for this purpose. :) Maybe cognac.... Mmmmm. Visiting here always make me hungry!

Jul 30, 2013
FrancaV in Home Cooking

Salmon Rillettes - substitute for Pernod?

Regarding this recipe: http://www.chow.com/recipes/30693-smo...

I am a fan of rillettes of all sorts, though the classic with pork is my favorite. However, I dislike anise flavor in general and Pernod in particular. Any suggestions for a non-anise substitute that would pair well with the salmon?

Jul 29, 2013
FrancaV in Home Cooking

Mariage freres tea

Thank you very much for the info!

Jan 25, 2012
FrancaV in General Topics

Mariage freres tea

Am thrilled that this discussion is revived periodically with new information. I love MF teas. :)

You folks who order from MF in Paris - can you tell me approximately what you pay in shipping? (Not counting those extra UPS charges which seem to be rather random.) I am in California but have a friend in Florida who is also interested. Last we checked there was no way to see the shipping charges before placing the order. I don't mind paying extra for international shipping but don't like not knowing what amount will be charged to my credit card for a transaction. I realize that MF has no control over customs and random UPS surcharges but I don't understand why the MF site can't calculate the basic UPS shipping once the items are all in the cart and the shipping location has been entered. Or is the MF site now able to calculate shipping charges prior to finalizing the order?

I'll be in France in June and am hoping to stock up on the MF Darjeeling in bags that none of the sites stateside seem to carry. Why is that, anyway?? What have they got against Darjeeling in bags?

Regarding those Darjeeling teas - Upton Tea in Massachusetts carries a vast selection of single estate Darjeeling teas. I recognize many of the above mentioned estates from the Upton Tea catalogs. Upton Tea sells loose teas from around the world (no tea bags) and is a great company with superior customer service; I highly recommend them! It couldn't hurt to look for your favorite estate Darjeeling teas there on the chance that you could restock and enjoy them without the hassle and expense of international shipping.

Jan 25, 2012
FrancaV in General Topics

Around My French Table

Oh, thank goodness someone else said it, LOL! I'm sorry, but with all of the fabulous recipes out there waiting to be made I would never, not ever, choose one that had Coca Cola as an ingredient. Ew. Ick.

Oct 31, 2010
FrancaV in Home Cooking

What do you make that is SOOO easy yet you impress yourself every time you make it?

My favorite dish in this category is sauteed duck breast with lingonberry sauce. Simple enough to be a weeknight dinner but tastes like you're eating at a fancy restaurant. :) Lingonberries can be found in jars in most supermarkets these days, I think, but you can substitute cranberries if necessary.

Cut two whole boneless duck breasts in half lengthwise. Trim excess fat and score the duck skin diagonally three or four times without cutting into the duck flesh. Add salt and freshly ground pepper. Heat olive oil in skillet over high heat and put duck in skin side down first, pressing with back of spatula while it cooks. Best to wear long sleeves and an apron! How long to cook per side depends on how you like your duck. I like it rare to medium rare, so about 5 mins first side, then turn and about 4 mins on second side. Remove duck to platter and cover to keep warm. Reduce a cup of chicken broth, 1/2 cup lingonberries and 2 TBs red wine in skillet for 7 - 10 minutes till slightly thickened. Slice duck breasts, fan out on plates and spoon sauce over top. Wild rice and peas or green beans are good accompaniments. If serving only two people, set aside half of the cooked duck and sauce. It reheats surprisingly well for a second dinner as long as you're careful not to overheat the duck.

Franca

Oct 29, 2010
FrancaV in Home Cooking

What do you make that is SOOO easy yet you impress yourself every time you make it?

I found this fried rice discussion very interesting. I love my fried rice and do it quite differently from anything mentioned above. I use cooked rice that is at least a day old. I take the rice out of the fridge and separate it with a fork and set aside. I assemble the various ingredients: diced ham, two or three eggs (depending on how much rice I'm making) just swirled together, oyster sauce, thawed frozen petite peas, and chopped green onion. I might do vegetarian fried rice differently, but since I like ham or leftover BBQ pork in mine this is what I do: Heat the oil in the wok, very hot, and put the ham/pork in first for a minute or so. This infuses the oil with pork flavor. Then I add the rice and toss till heated through. Then I make a well in the middle of the rice (all the way down to the wok bottom) and pour the egg in. Stir just the egg till it sets up a bit and then incorporate the rice. Add the oyster sauce, then the peas, and finally the green onion. Yum.

Oct 29, 2010
FrancaV in Home Cooking

Duck in the Slow Cooker?

I had the same thought as you. Seems like the fattiness would make it a lovely, tender, meat-falling-off-the-bone sort of slow cooker meal.

Oct 29, 2010
FrancaV in Home Cooking

Duck in the Slow Cooker?

Oh, I found plenty of slow cooker duck recipes, but only one that particularly appealed to me the day I was looking. ;) Many of the recipes I found were oriental in flavor (understandably so) and while they sounded delicious I am trying not to eat soy any more. That narrowed the selection down quite a bit. Then there were a number of French recipes that sounded fabulous but were more work than I wanted for my first attempt. Other recipes just did not sound tasty to me ... too much sugar or odd ingredients. And finally there were the countless recipes that showed up under my search parameters that were not even remotely duck slow cooker or even dutch oven recipes! (I'm not averse to converting dutch oven recipes for the slow cooker; in fact many of my favorites began life as dutch oven recipes.) Your search turned up the same recipes I found. This is the one I was thinking of trying:
http://www.food52.com/recipes/219_slo...
I may also adapt an oriental one and just not use any soy products, but would love to have more recipe ideas to choose from.

Oct 29, 2010
FrancaV in Home Cooking

Duck in the Slow Cooker?

Has anyone used a slow cooker for duck? I found one recipe to try but before I make the attempt I thought I'd ask here if anyone has any recipes or general tips/suggestions. Would welcome your thoughts!

Oct 29, 2010
FrancaV in Home Cooking

Boneless Cross Rib Roast - Cut Up For Stew?

Oh, that's good news, thank you! We have been buying local grassfed beef CSA-style and have received some interesting cuts we've never dealt with before. I had three chuck roasts and did the first one as pot roast. It was fine, but boring compared to my favorite stew and chili recipes. So I cut the other two chuck roasts up into stew meat and was very pleased with the result. If I can do the same with the cross rib roast I am thrilled!

Sep 09, 2010
FrancaV in Home Cooking

Kindle cookbooks?

Are there any GREAT cookbooks available on the Kindle yet? Lately I've been using my Motorola Droid in the kitchen to access this site as well as Cooks Illustrated and Fine Cooking. But it would be great if I had one or two really good cookbooks on my Kindle if any exist.

Sep 09, 2010
FrancaV in Home Cooking

Boneless Cross Rib Roast - Cut Up For Stew?

I have a boneless cross rib roast in the freezer. I've never cooked one of these before, but in general we prefer stews to pot roasts. Would it be a travesty to cut this up for stew?

Sep 08, 2010
FrancaV in Home Cooking

Best Online Tea Retailer?

Hi! Upton Tea is by far my favorite online tea source overall, but I also have had excellent service from Mighty Leaves tea and they have some very tasty teas and herbal infusions that Upton does not have. I don't even bother ordering from anyone else any more but am always open to new suggestions. :)

Dec 14, 2008
FrancaV in General Topics

Mariage freres tea

Hello! This is my first post here, so apologies for any mistakes!

We love Mariage Freres tea and always bring some home with us from France. But that doesn't last long so naturally I am always on the lookout for more local sources. ;) Am coming in to this discussion late, but in case anyone is still looking for online sources of Mariage Freres tea in the U.S., I have found it at these places:

http://www.deandeluca.com/ - best prices, surprisingly

http://markethallfoods.com/ - already mentioned previously in this discussion

http://bellocchio.com/catalogue/confi...

Bell'Occhio had the highest prices and smallest selection, but it happened to be the only one of the three places that had the Darjeeling Himalaya in the muslin bags in stock (my husband's favorite). So, in the Christmas spirit I did my best to ignore the rather inflated shipping cost (it's only travelling about 90 miles, for goodness' sake) and ordered some to put under the tree. I figured it was worth the extra shipping to avoid the hassle of international ordering this time of year and I was also a bit put off by the caveats here regarding the user-unfriendly Mariage Freres web site and the potential for unexpected customs-related charges!

Happy holidays, all!

Dec 14, 2008
FrancaV in General Topics