Tuesday, March 26, 2013

pâté day



Pâté making is one of those things I never thought I would do, like ever. Except maybe if I was enrolled in a cooking class or something with my girlfriends, but that would never happen because I'm not really a joiner. So before I moved to Le Petit Village, pâté was only something that I ate, not made. But since Papa and Brother-in-Law's are hunters, and something has to happen to the boar (le sanglier) after all of the good cuts of it are gone (waste not want not), pâté is the answer. It's the sanglier's final frontier if you will.



The last time I helped with the pâté was three years ago. I'm not sure where I was in 2011 and 2012,  but this year we got roped in again, along with Brother-in-Law and Child Bride. It was an 'all hands on deck' kind of day (or more accurately, an 'all hands in the bucket of boar goo' kind of day).




Pâté making day happens on a Sunday. And since The Husband's Uncle and Aunt drive over from their home in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, we do the whole Sunday lunch thing as well. But this year, instead of doing the gooey, gross work before lunch, we did it after, which I preferred because pâté making doesn't leave me with the greatest of appetites, and since The Husband's Aunt had brought a huge pot of her bourride with her (bourride is a mouth wateringly delicious Mediterranean seafood stew), I wanted my appetite in tact. But after lunch it was time to pay for that scrumptious stew and get down to business.



I found that the more photos I took, the less involved in the actual work I had to be. Plus, with a documentary about The Dream Team on, that happened to be in English, I had another legitimate distraction. (Can we talk about the fact that the whole Dream Team thing seems like yesterday? When did 1992 become history? I swear 1992 was not that long ago. Also, Child Bride has no recollection of the Dream Team. Want to know why... because she was born in 1992. BORN! File that under things that freak me right out.)


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35 comments:

  1. Aaahh Dream Team! Can you believe that it was aired in Finland back in the days?! I did watch it. Loved the English series.

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    1. I was talking about the US Olympic basketball team... the one with Jordan and Barkley. Now I feel really, really old.

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  2. Um, isn't it kinda weird to have gooey pig parts with your name on them? Just sayin'

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  3. Sara how wonderful to be a part of this process, it is the real French life that I will never know as I am married to an Englishman, you are so lucky to be in at the deep end. keep those wonderful stories coming and I bet the Paté tastes just fine, I would love a tin Roz x
    http://france-ourlifeinfrance.blogspot.fr/

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  4. I love the black and white pictures!! With their serious look on their faces, and the silence... it looks like "la mafia du pâté"!!! Merci pour la petite boîte ; ) Nicolas can't wait to taste it!!! We love the Obelix touch on the label!
    Did you know that I've met Michael Jordan?? In 1991, during my first time in the US! (Now, I feel really old too!)

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  5. That is a whole-mother-load of pâté! Do they eat it? Do they sell it? I wouldn't think there was a big market for boar pâté, but what do I know. Also, I remember "The Dream Team," very well I might add. Karl Malone, my personal fav at the time was on it.

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  6. I don't really know much about the Dream Team. Not because I'm young, I'm just British. I have been enjoying a PJ and Duncan revival today, though, which must be a similar era. These younguns don't know what they're missing!
    Pate (no accents on my computer) looks, um, like it tastes better than it looks ;P It's clearly a very serious art.

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  7. Well, I guess you know that I don't like pate but it is pretty cool that you got to meet with all your family!

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  8. Well I can vouch for last years vintage. (I'm pretty sure that's what you brought over before we left?) They do a good job, but I'm really glad I'm not involved in the process. I'm all about the eating, nothing to do with the offal!

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  9. The Dream Team, which almost got knocked off their high horses by the Lithuanian team - at that point a brand new country as it regained its independence in 1991. Isn't so very long ago, I still wear the t-shirt. Hmm, maybe I need to purge my wardrobe...

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  10. I definitely don't think I could participate in such a tradition! Go you!

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  11. I am so jealous right now! The only problem I would have is that I would end up eating half of the pate before it got canned ;)

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  12. I think black and white photos are the right choice for canning pate. Not sure I could handle color pictures. Papa has even got the machine for doing the cans so he is fully accessorized for canning pate. Being a foodie and all, curious what goes into the pate besides sanglier trimmings.

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  13. Well ... I don't like pâté but I LOVE pictures of your French family traditions!!! Sorry I don't know Dream Team ...
    Bisous, Babi

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  14. I am so dying for that pate. How do you seal all those cans. Somebody must have a neat machine!

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  15. Can we have the recipe??? Loved this post of yours (really I love all of 'em), especially the picture of the canning apparatus!!!

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  16. Okay so even though I really am only five years older than Child Bride (I'm a 1987 baby), still hearing that someone born in 1992 is an adult, is mind boggling. Forget married and with a child.

    So most important question- how does the pate taste???

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  17. Fascinating post, Sara! I enjoyed all the black and white photos. Obviously making pâté is serious business in your extended family. What a lot of cans! I'd love to taste it because it is authentic.

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  18. formidable !Tous le monde n,est pas invitée a faire de la charcuterie .En Bretagne toutes les familles on leurs secrets,Connaissez vous leurs coins aux Champignons.

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  19. Canning pate?! This is amazing!

    Also, Erik and I were watching a Dream Team documentary not that long ago, and it made me want to cry. Because it seems like yesterday (I mean, if yesterday I was in 4th grade). But seriously, how could it have been 21 years ago?!!

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  20. Although I don't love pate, I think this would still be such a fun experience!!

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  21. See, now, I kind of like pate, but I think this might put me off for life!

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  22. I know this post is about making pate... but I am entirely too distracted by the fact that someone born 1992 is married or getting married! Am I really so old? I was seven in 1992, and I can do the math. Yikes. Double yikes to the pate making... although I'm sure the results are delicious, I really can't imagine there being any appeal in working with boar goo :S
    xox,
    Cee

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  23. So much pate that is awesome! Though I'd probably not eat it if I knew how it was made! What will you do with all of it love?

    Ahh 1992 - that seems not that long ago but she is 21 -- which makes us very old sigh..

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  24. OH my word, the photo of the three men around the table is just classic. Coming your way from BOUND and found myself laughing out loud at your "about'. So great. Will be coming around often. :)

    http://leanerbythelake.com

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  25. oh la la la la - my mouth just started watering! Spreadable meat 4 eva! I love me some pate and I have yet to figure out how to make it correctly and definitely not with home-hunted meat - YUM! I'm very J!

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  26. Making pate must have been an amazing experience. I love how you've captured them on photos. Hmm..now I'm craving for some on a fresh baguette.

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  27. Omg - child bride really is a child bride. I'm freaked out as well! My youngest daughter was born in 1986!!! OMfreakingoutG

    Oooooh I love pate. My husband and I were talking about a trip to Europe perhaps next year. Visiting a niece in Germany. I said there are places I want to go! France for instance! And I do want to eat my way through Italy.

    I always tell you way too much! lol

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  28. Love, love, love the photo with an actual canning machine. Hey, these guys are serious! I must try some, k?

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  29. What an interesting post. I love the way your photos took us through the process - cute labels too! Happy Easter!
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  30. wow wow wow.......that is supercool sara. i was wondering at first at what all those little tins were (thought they might be molds or something) but then realized you were canning the pate! i think a call to andrew zimmern on the food network is warranted!

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  31. I think my hatred of gooey things would come into play here, but still... this would be such a fun thing to do!

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  32. Pate making...now thats an activity i never thought i would hear!! I would love to try it!

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  33. What a great post - and the b/w photos are pure atmosphere. (Sara, the book blogs site for which you wanted the address is: http://bookblogs.ning.com/. It's a huge site and well worth having a good hunt around because there are lots of links to other book/writing sites too - good luck to your Mum!)

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