Today is my weekly shop and I thought I might take you guys along with me to make it less monotonous. Fellow shoppers couldn’t quite figure out why I was taking pictures of items in the frozen food section and my francophone readers will surely be baffled by this post. But anyhoo, all the items you see were found in your basic, run-of-the-mill local supermarket or mini-marché in Paris (Franprix to be exact).
Here are my favorite Frenchy goods:
1. Figs and Nut flavored Boursin Cheese.
You may have this brand of cheese in your supermarket but do you have the fig and nut kind? Oh no, I don’t think you do! And let me tell you, it is very, very special.
2. Pommes Noisettes
The French have mastered the art of the potato balls, which they refer to as “noisettes”. Golden crispy on the outside with soft purée on the inside– my must-have item from the frozen food aisle for post-weekend comfort food.
3. The Endless Yoghurt Aisle
French supermarkets have yoghurt aisles like nowhere else you will find in the world. Today my eye was drawn to the brand new naughty profiterole flavored yoghurt (seen below) by La Laitière which packages all their yoghurt in delightful little glass jars which you can re-use around the kitchen.
4. Ready-to-bake Pastry base for making Le French Tart.
Usually you might have to search the far corners of a supermarket to find something like this, but the French display this kitchen essential right at the entrance of their supermarkets. A vegetable and cheese tart is an underrated go-to, totally fool-proof recipe and I’m very grateful that the most basic of supermarkets save us from bringing out the flour and rolling pin.
And here’s one I made earlier (with fig Boursin sprinkled on top no less). It looks a bit messy but you know me.
5. Mystère Dessert
A childhood favorite of mine– vanilla ice cream coated in nuts with a meringue in the centre. Spice it up with chocolate sauce.
6. The Saucisson Stand
Did you really expect me to do this post without my beloved saucisson? Good quality saucisson is available just about anywhere, anytime in Paris.
There is not just one shelf dedicated to Madeleines in supermarkets here but entire sections stocking just about every kind of madeleine you never knew existed.
8. Monbazillac White Wine
My go-to wine everytime for evenings with the girls. We love it because it’s lovely and sweet (in between a dessert wine and a normal wine) and it never leaves us with a headache the next morning.