Valley of la Touques - Pays d'Auge
Fishing miscellaneous for Normandy
Normandy is a paradise for the cheese amateur
These are the dishes or products you can try when shopping for picnic or at a restaurant. Picnic shopping is particularly attractive at the many picturesque street markets.
At the Charcuteries. Among the usuals saucissons and pâtés, the smoked andouille deVire, can be mentionned as the spécialité locale. It is a big sausage that you can buy sliced (en tranches), if you ask it. Ortherwise you make your own slices easily with a knife. At the apéritif, the smoky taste of the andouille is the best matching appetizer to taste the wonderful -if chilled- norman apple ciders.
At the Boulangerie (baker). The most Norman bred is
called Pain brillé and is a bred remaining fresh for a very long
time. It was supposedly invented for sailors on sea for many days.
Otherwise, nice bakery shops offer a huge choice of excellent different
breds. Just look and choose. Same thing for apple tartes. Best bakers
propose up to 5 or 6 different versions ! always excellent. Try the Chibouste
one if they have. It is topped with a calvados brandy cream...
Our usual fishing red wine comes from La Cadière d'Azur in Provence (near Bandol). It is an assembly of cinsault, mourvèdre and grenache. We do not carry apple cider all the time but it is sold everywhere in Normandy. Upon any request we can stop at a farm to get good supplies. Note that these drinks are used with extreme moderation and only before spending a serious long time fishing, never before driving...