French Essence #1 – Garlic

If asked to sum up the essence of French culture the average Francophile would probably come up with an impressive list, amongst which would undoubtably feature haute couture, Hermès, Coco Chanel, Dior, an array of philosophers, playwrights Voltaire, Molière, great novelists Victor Hugo,  cinema,  Brigitte Bardot, Gerard Dépardieu, Bordeaux wines, cognac, champagne, Paris, Versailles, Marie Antoinette, the Eiffel Tower, French cafés and perhaps first and foremost French cuisine.  Whether you prefer the idea of expensive nouvelle cuisine or the informality of the rustic bistro your French food could never be complete without the essential ingredient of Garlic.   Even in the French supermarket vegetable section, when it comes to weighing your selected produce you need look no further than reference number 1 for the garlic.   Personal favourite is pork chops oven cooked with as many cloves as you can fit in the pan, or a hunk of baguette rubbed with a raw clove chopped in two – French heaven…………..!

 

 

 

ALL PHOTOS © JANE MORLEY

24 Comments Add yours

  1. west517 says:

    Unbelievably delicious!! Pictures that look good enough to eat! Garlic….yummmmmmm ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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    1. Absolutely west517! My favourite ingredient, especially gorgeous with roast chicken! Glad you like the pics – these are particularly pretty purple/ rose coloured garlic bulbs, pretty and delicious has to be good! 🙂

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      1. west517 says:

        It does!! Such a great set! 😉

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  2. Yep, it’s official. France wins again. First prize for sexiest, most sophisticated garlic goes to Jane Morley and her magnificent modeling. Do objects leap off tables and shelves, or do animals stand up and wave in their pastures as you wander by, all requesting photo shoots with you? “MY TURN, MY TURN!!” I certainly would.
    I so appreciate the opportunity to see your lovely work, Jane. You have such a deft and masterful touch with your talent. I so hope it’s appreciated where you live with as much admiration as your followers gush forth here on the page.
    Some people’s work makes you sigh with pure pleasure.
    Thank you for that. It’s a gift I treasure.

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    1. Shelley, you make my day with your generous comments! I’m delighted that you enjoy my photos, I’m always pleased to know you’ve visited 🙂 If you like sweet things – which I know you do! – you might just like my new post ….. enjoy !! 😀

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  3. Mélanie says:

    yummy post, Lady Jane… ❤ we live about 60kms away from Lautrec, pittoresque village, well-known for its violet garlic and for… the family of the famous painter Toulouse-Lautrec… 🙂 I use it for any meat meal and after it gets 'old', I take its 'heart'(sprout) off before I use it…

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    1. HI Melanie! I confess we are big fans of garlic ❤ – the purple is especially good – and we use it in almost every meal we eat except breakfast! Next year we're going to try growing it in the new veg garden 🙂

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  4. You missed halitosis off your list of things French….. 😈
    (Seriously though…another fab set of images…Your garlic takes my breath away).
    🙂

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    1. If it’s true ‘breath of garlic’ it doesn’t count for the ‘halitosis’ award in my opinion :/ a national hazard but unavoidably unavoidable 🙂 PS You wouldn’t like to have the dubious pleasure of being my official 100th follower would you? :/ So near and yet so far 😦 😀

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      1. I’m already a follower aren’t I?

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      2. No you Bloody well are NOT !!!!!!!! 😦 :/ 😡

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      3. See my last reply…Arsey!
        😀

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      4. I’ve just clicked again in case I’m not….. but you always crop up in my reader……
        🙂
        Maybe I’m your first double-follower?

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      5. Why thankyou Mr sh – I’m sure you never do things by halves, perhaps it’s that Dr J and Mr H thing? ! o_O o_O
        but seriously you have only just now shown up as a follower person – I am duly delighted ! Thank you 🙂 😀

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      6. How weird……You have been darkening my box, (oooer), on a regular basis for quite a while now….
        Still…If you’re delighted, then I’m delighted. 🙂

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      7. Do not seek to comprehend the mysteries of wordpress sir! Tis beyond mere mortals, very strange though that I have appeared in said box – like you said earlier – psychic, definitely someone round here is psychic 😕 😀

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      8. WordPress……..The plaything of Lucifer !
        😈

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      9. Not’arf mate 👿

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  5. Jane Lurie says:

    Love your delicious garlic images and the idea of cooking those pork chops, Jane. Lovely post. (I know I am a year late but enjoying your archives.) 🙂

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    1. Thank you Jane – I’m delighted you’ve taken the time to look back a bit, always seems a bit sad for all those posts that languish in obscurity! 😀

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      1. Jane Lurie says:

        I completely agree!

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