Meat n veg in France

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  1. Munchie

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    There is some confusion on my comments on meat n veg in France So I will try to clear this up.
    Meat:- the meat is great, tasty and not injected with water. (as far as we could tell) Howver it is very expensive. As to the butchery I am afraid I have to say that in my view it is poor. Meat especially things like steak should be cut across the grain, to aid tenderness not along it as we found in the areas of France we have been in, mainly Normandy, Brittany and the Loire. Also for example Lamb chops look as if they have cut by the mad axeman, bits of bone all over and some are like tissue paper and some like a joint.

    Veg:- really expensive. Also we looked in the supermarkets, local veg shops and the markets. All the veg looked as if it was harvested last week. It looked tired!

    OK I love France and have really enjoyed our trip, but as in the UK life is not perfect and I have told it like we found it. Nevertheless we look forward to our next trip. :BigGrin:
     
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    It's yummy!

    Pork chops taste like pork used to taste, in the old days, whatever they look like!
     
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    Yes the pork is very good. Lamb n beef we found dissapointing. Have to say though the mince and the beefburgers were great. :thumb:
     
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    Did you try a Fray Bentos pie Ken as they normally have quality meat in them:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    :Rofl1: a couple of year's ago in France we had some pony burger's yummy :Rofl1:
     
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    I love French Supermarkets especially the counters where they sell ready and steaming hot cooked meats and fish etc. Sadly, I am not allowed to have any but I just know I would love the taste.
    I have always thought, (maybe assumed) that legumes in Tesco are pretty naff and normally flown in from across the world. Their fruit is laughable. The choice is eat when it's not ripe or eat when it goes mouldy.
    We have always enjoyed meat from the major supermarkets but I think we have never bought, (perhaps once or twice) from a bespoke butcher and to be honest, I have no idea how meat should be cut as I am normally happy with "thick" and "a lot".
    But I am seriously thinking that the average French restaurant is excruciatingly expensive and the quality seems to have deteriorated markedly from the 80's and 90's.
    In fact I canvass against going to restaurants as I much prefer my wife’s cooking even though she burns it just to make sure we don't get any germs but our charcoal intake is more than adequate for a gas free existence.
    One place and I know this sounds common, and that is we have never had anything but quality and price from Buffalo Inns or whatever they are called. They have horns on the roof maybe attached to a head I cannot remember. But this of course is not cuisine and to be honest, I am cuisined out and prefer really basic stuff almost two veg, meat and spuds and I am a happy soul. I have gone off chicken as for reason I don't know started feeling sorry for them just as I did veals.
    However, I appear to have less sympathy for lams and piggy's and moo cows so I am not quite vegetarian yet. Just 3 animals to go.
    The food in Spain I found to be pretty awful in general but of course there is always one place that you had a really good deal and quality meal.
    I must go as it is ham roll time and I am a believer in brevity. :Cool:
     
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