Thursday, November 7, 2013

SALT OF THE EARTH

Sel de la terre
Selling between ten and fifteen euros for 100 grams or so, this gourmet salt flavored with bits of black truffles is a bit steep--but because only a pinch will do it's an interesting way to dress up scrambled eggs. Fleur de sel is the finest upper layer of salt crystals caused by the evaporation of sea water. It's  delicately hand-harvested with a special rake from coastal basins.

Vocabulary
les salines or les marais salants:  salerns or series of shallow sea pools where salt is collected
une truffe:  a highly prized black mushroom or truffle; the end of a dog's nose
truffer:  to be garnished with truffles (cooking)
ĂȘtre truffĂ©(e):  to be stuffed with (slang)

©2013 P.B. Lecron

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