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This month La Gourmet Box takes you to the heart of Auvergne in central France to explore the Haute-Loire: a land of authentic flavour where we made some great discoveries to fill a gourmet hamper that’s sure to surprise and delight our adventurous epicures.
Content of your Auvergne Gourmet Hamper:
•White Pays d’Oc hippocras, white wine with honey and spices (75 cl) •Artisanal rillettes of fresh and smoked Vourzac trout with white wine and paprika (90 g) •Savoury biscuits with Auvergne blue cheese (100 g) •Gourmet forest blend of penny buns, oyster mushrooms, black mushrooms, fairy rings, horns of plenty and ceps (30 g) •Authentic Petit Salé with Le Puy green lentils, a typical Auvergne dish (580 g) •La Pozzolane Du Velay, crunchy butter biscuits with verbena (160 g) •Original organic homemade spread with frozen lentils, milk chocolate and hazelnuts (240 g) •Tender nougat morsels with Velay verbena (loose in box)
Details on our Auvergne gourmet hamper products and artisans below.
OUR GOURMET GIFT box from the Auvergne region, A DELICIOUS FRENCH FOOD AND Wine hamper FOR THE MOST DISCERNING FOODIES
Experience the succulent delights of the Auvergne region, as you eat your way through this fabulous gourmet hamper.
White Pays d’Oc hippocras, white wine with honey and spices (75 cl)
Artisan: L'Espaviote, Patrick Rouviere, producteur de boissons médiévales.
Patrick Rouviere’s passion for medieval arts of the table led him to revive this forgotten drink that combines the strength of wine with sweet honey and aromatic spices.
Once called “Clairet”, this white hippocras is a blend of select French wines prepared according to the recipe of Guillaume Tirel “Taillevent”, the famous head chef to King Charles V.
The addition of fine spices and honey makes it a smooth, peppery wine, ideal as an aperitif or with dessert.
Serve very cold and refrigerate after opening.
Artisanal rillettes of fresh and smoked Vourzac trout with white wine and paprika (90 g)
Artisan: Pisciculture des Eaux du Vourzac, Julien Chevalier.
In the clear, fresh river waters of Le Vourzac, surrounded by lush greenery, our artisans raise brown and rainbow trout and do all the processing themselves: filleting, deboning, slicing and dicing the old-fashioned way. With a hint of smoke and spices, you’ll love this savoury, refreshing fish spread.
Savoury biscuits with Auvergne blue cheese (100 g)
Artisan: Biscuiterie artisanale La Gourmandine, Amandine Coulet.
We were looking for biscuits with Auvergne’s famous blue cheese, and Amandine rose to the challenge, whipping up a batch of these tasty little homemade biscuits for us (and you!) with the finest regional products. A treat for your taste buds that we know you’ll want to repeat!
Gourmet forest blend of penny buns, oyster mushrooms, black mushrooms, fairy rings, horns of plenty and ceps (30 g)
Artisan: Les Cépénades, Jean-Claude Monatte.
In the Livradois-Forez Regional Natural Park, 1000 metres above sea level in the heart of Auvergne, our artisan has found the ideal place for harvesting, selecting and processing wild mushrooms.
We chose this forest blend so you can get creative in the kitchen: these tasty wild mushrooms will give your meat, fowl and sauces a truly unbeatable flavour.
Authentic Petit Salé with Le Puy green lentils, a typical Auvergne dish (580 g)
Artisan: Les Salaisons du Velay, Boucherie-Charcuterie artisanale.
Petit Salé with lentils is a staple of Auvergnese cuisine. Made with pork and Le Puy green lentils, we think you’ll love the authentic taste of our talented artisan's recipe every bit as much as we did.
La Pozzolane Du Velay, crunchy butter biscuits with verbena (160 g)
Artisan: La Pouzzolane des Volcans d'Auvergne, biscuiterie artisanale.
The history of these biscuits, like that of the Tarte Tatin, is a fun reminder that mistakes aren’t always bad. One day, our artisan Brigitte was baking Christmas biscuits and forget to add an ingredient. When she realized what she had done, she set the dough aside, and the next day she formed it into small lumps and put them in the oven. Magically, they puffed up into shapes that resembled the volcanic rock found in Auvergne. And so La Pozzolane was born.
You can taste the natural bounty of the region in these delicious morsels made with local ingredients, and the subtle aroma of verbena gives them a smooth, pleasantly surprising flavour.
Original organic homemade spread with frozen lentils, milk chocolate and hazelnuts (240 g)
Artisan: Sébastien Ribeyron.
Not all snack spreads are packed with sugar and fat... This creamy organic chocolate spread, with no palm oil or preservatives, incorporates the natural goodness and delicate flavour of Auvergne’s famous green lentils.
Lentils and chocolate may sound like an odd combination, but you’ll find it’s a surprising gourmet success—and the lightly candied hazelnuts go perfectly with green lentil kernels! Ideal for spreading on toast, pancakes or gourmet desserts.
Refrigerate after opening.
Tender nougat morsels with Velay verbena (loose in box)
Artisan: La Verveine Artisanale, Aimé Lebon.
And to complete your tasting tour, a little verbena-scented sweet made by a local artisan who specialises in this miraculous herb. These tender artisanal nougat morsels are perfect for serving with a cup of tea or after-dinner coffee.
Happy gourmet journey to Auvergne !
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