Diamonds of Perigord.

The first black truffles of winter arrived in Daglan this morning and Paul was there ready and waiting to see the quality on display as were so many of the other villagers.

The aromatic smell and the dark brown almost black skin is amazing, they can regularly reach up to 10cm across although some can be bigger, one was found in the Perigord in 2012 with a mass of 1.277 kg.

The flesh is at first white, then dark which is flecked by white veins which turn brown with age. The best truffles are to be found in the forests of the Perigord with the help of a truffle dog or the occasional truffle pig. Pigs have the better nose for sniffing out the truffles but in recent years they are used less and less because they do enjoy eating them.

Truffles have earned the name ‘Diamonds of Perigord’.

Waiting to look and buy.
 

Catching up with friends at the truffle market.
 

I love the elderly gentleman on the right, his facial expression as he looks down proudly at his truffles.
 

Paul opted for one of these lovelies.
 

I had to be very quick taking this picture of our truffle, our cat Cleo just adores the smell. Last seen hunting the screwed up paper bag that our truffle came in, Who knows she could be the first truffle cat of the Perigord.
 

In cooking; black truffles refine the taste of meat, fish, soups, pasta, risotto etc. We love truffle eggs, truffle grated onto tagliatelle, truffle butter on fresh crusty bread or placed into a jar of rice for a few days so the magnificent aroma permeates the rice.

Daglan Truffle Market is held in the school yard behind the Mairie every Sunday at 11 o’clock until the end of February.

Pop in and buy one or two or more and enjoy.
 
 

Paul and I visited Sarlat Christmas Market yesterday, due to the Truffle market I got a little side tracked, next blog… I promise
 
 

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Noël, Noël, Noël.

Welcome to Daglan Noël. Everything is ready, Santa is in his tree; lights are hanging from every vantage point; and we have decorations at the Supermarket and the Boulangerie. Not forgetting the highlight of the festive decorations, the Tree in le Place de la Liberté, it twinkles all night long, gorgeous.

Welcoming Santa at the 8 à Huit Supermarket.
 

A Splendid St Nicolas sits at the check out counter. Do not forget to put a few cents (or euros) into the charity tin in front of him.
 

Santa, sledge and reindeer parked in the branches of the tree. He really needs to park more carefully, this happens every year!
 

The street decorations that straddle the road were being hung carefully into place.
 

“A little more to the left please”.
 

It takes a lot of people and skill to erect the tree, it needs to be perfect.
 

The result of the hard work are worth it.
Decorated and with lights, looking superb, well done.
 

Our Mairie, decorated for the Noël period. Not sure if you can see but there are some of Santa’s elves on the door, wall and windows.

 
 

Events. Daglan winter truffle market, begins this Sunday at 11 and every Sunday until the end of February.
 
 

Next Blog:-Sarlat Marché De Noel, with, I am sure, hot mulled wine etc.
 
 

On the First Day of Christmas My Truelove Gave to Me.

Just everything in Maison Massoulier, over the twelve day period!

Inside and out of their shop on Rue de la Republique in Sarlat is like walking into a Winter Wonderland of chocolates and patissieres. We popped in for our breakfast before going shopping and a major Wow factor hit our senses. I just wish that an aroma blog had been invented and you could smell it for yourself. Or better still if you are in the area pop along, you will not be disappointed with the delights on offer.

It’s Christmas with a Spanish Theme in Sarlat.
 

Advent Calenders full of delicious chocolates.
 

This is just a preview of their creations.
 

“Hands off Paul, the candy is mine”. No he was really covering the light for me so I could take a picture.
 

The French enjoy their Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve, Le Réveillon de Noël. The term derives from ‘reveil’ which means ‘waking’ because taking part in a Réveillon means everyone stays awake past midnight to enjoy a large dinner party. The food served on Christmas Eve is extensive, from oysters, pate, lobster, capons or turkey, or any other meat that is not usually eaten during the year. Dishes can also incorporate chestnuts or truffles. After an extensive cheese platter the traditional main event of the Buche de Noël, a Swiss roll in the shape of a log which comes in a variety of flavours but most often chocolate.

You can pre-order your Buches de Noël from the above shop.

My favourite is Forêt Noire, which is mainly chocolate with Kirsch on a biscuit base and Chantilly cream. Or Majestic, a mousse chocolate with praline, with armande biscuit. Or Roules Aux fruits, Roulé Citron Meringué which is biscuit génoise vanillé with cream of citron. Or Omelette Norvégienne with Grand Marnier. So much to choose.
 
 

Event:- Sarlat Marché de Noël which will be open on the 5th December.

Coming soon Daglan Noël Tree in Place de la Liberté.
 
 

Deck the Halls

The ladies of our weekly Craft sessions have had a treat over the last fortnight. First we had a demonstration of garland making then this week a workshop, all under the expert eye of Carolyn Lindsey.

Boxes upon boxes of the most gorgeous decorations.
 

Carolyn giving advice and a helping hand.
 

Ribbons, ivy, lights and golden baubles are being used to make this stunning garland.
 

Brilliant Denise, I wish that I could have stayed to see the finished work.
 

My attempt. If you are in Daglan over the festive season take a look, it will be hanging on the door of our home.

Big thanks to Carolyn who will be out and about selling her decorations at various Christmas markets over the next few weeks.
 
 

Marchés de Noël
Saturday 1st December at Meyrals
Sunday 2nd December at Soirac
Sunday 9th December at Salviac
Sunday 16th December at Belves

 
 

Good News, we can still buy French bread!

There is no milk in our supermarket in Daglan. In-fact no milk and no deliveries of most things will be arriving in any Supermarket for at least another week but local bread is still being delivered.

France’s major strike by the Gilets Jaunes (yellow vests) is having an effect on the Perigord area in which we live. The Gilets Jaunes are protesting against sharp increases in diesel and petrol prices which could come into force in January. This impacts on the overall rising costs of food etc. and therefore the fall in living standards for a lot of people.

We experienced the strike first hand this morning has we drove to Sarlat market. The roundabouts at two major junctions were very active with people wearing yellow vests, but traffic was flowing. On the way back from Sarlat we observed protesters who were stopping traffic going into Sarlat. Unsure for how long the delay was but expect some delays over the next few days.

More news, you can still buy local fresh vegetables and fruit at the markets… That is if you can get to them.
 

Excellent News for me this week. I have had my first Commission for my artisan embroidery work.

Truffles and truffle oil.
 

Walnuts in a wicker basket.
 

I am so trilled, excited and so very pleased that the person who commissioned me loves the embroidery pictures which will go into her two gites named “Walnut” and “Truffle”.

I am working towards an exhibition in Daglan next July and August. Which will cover a variety of themes and local interest, plus embroidered bags, cushions, pillow cases, lavender hearts etc.
 
 

Event:-Sarlat Marché de Noël, 5th to the 31st December. This years theme is Spain, I can not wait.