Mmn, ca vous donne envie?
This is the un-cooked version. I just couldn’t resist. It’s a dish called ‘Andouillette‘.
I’ve got to say that this is one of the only dishes I can’t get myself to enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, I have been raised well and have of course done the right thing and tried it. I have tried it many times in fact – each time trying to savour the flavour as much as those around me (not much pressure here – it’s a Frenchie family favourite). But I’m sorry, everytime I do, I get a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ flavour. Actually no, I’m lying. I know what I taste – and it’s a taste I wouldn’t normally associate with fine cuisine. Getting me? Sorry, but it does. You should smell the fumes when these babies are smoking in the pan. I thought tripe in Mum and Dad’s pressure cooker was bad.
The first time I ate Andouillette the je-ne-sais-quoi flavour lingered in my mouth well into the following morning (I had brushed my teeth three times). I was horrified and complained to Benji about the disturbingly bad taste. “Well, it is half made of shit,” was his answer.
Am I making your mouth water by now? Look it up and see what’s in it. It’s a delicacy that, in it’s ‘purest’ (and by this I mean ‘smellier’ version) form, you don’t find often, if ever, outside of France. Strange.
As I don’t tend to serve this at home, my mother-in-law likes to get some in preparation for her boy’s arrival. They all laugh at me as they’re tucking into it with dollops of mustard, wondering how on earth I can’t adore this dish. I can only sit there and make cheap comments on the dish’s obvious aesthetic merits and delightfully heady aromas. “My poor son!” my mother-in-law consoles… “At least here at your mother’s you can enjoy Andouillette!”
22 thoughts on “lunch at my in-laws’”
Agree 100% !!!! Dégueulasse… you can say it !!
Gros bisous à tous
Ah, a Frenchie in the family that doesn’t like them! I don’t feel so bad xo
I love andouillettes!!! But then I’m French so that might me the reason.
My partner who is Dutch love them too… But I’ve never told her what’s inside 🙂
Applying the same technique for fritons, rillettes, tripes and other delicacies …
I suppose trust and honesty are the base of a good relationship 😉
(I’m not completely evil though. She knows it’s something funky, and she knows not knowing is best!)
I love the idea of calling such delicacies ‘funky’ Marilyne! – you could almost get me in with that.
My dad used to serve up crumbed lamb brains and tell me it was a meat pattie (like a hamburger). The minute I chewed into the white squish I knew he was lying!
I’m glad to hear you enjoy Andouillette – I would love to think I could, but I still can’t get my nose and tastebuds around that taste.
Mm … crumbed lamb brain ? OK… not sure I would try those!
(Just checked funky in the dictionary and so yes funky in all meanings of the word)
By the way, thanks for your blog – I love the way you see the Minervois… Great for when I’m homesick!!
Thanks a lot Marilyne, I’m glad you’re enjoying it!
One time driving back from Switzerland with the kids we only had a few francs left when we stopped to feed them at a services. We ordered what we thought were sausages and chips. It was Andouillette. Needless to say the kids ate the chips……….
…and Dad polished off the sausage?
Come on Simon, I’m sure you’re a connoisseur from way back.
Does that mean you won’t be cooking it for us when we pop in to see you in September?
Shame! (or lucky result!)
Look Kev, if it is your greatest desire, we can serve it up. You would make Benjamin’s day having that at home with you guys!
I don’t think we should deprive Benji’s Mum of cooking her son his favourite dish so I/we will have to wait until the next time we visit.
Ps – I hope you’ve had a very happy birthday!!!
this is an andouillette-free zone in the Languedoc (our house anyway!) Kevin! And thanks, I had a cool birthday.
That just looks all wrong, so can’t imagine the taste would be great. And kat your the adventurous one when it comes to the palette!
Yeah How, the look is something! I’ve been trying… xo
and woohoo, you’ve given me a first! – a comment from Barbados!
Is the Adelaide equivalent fritz?
you’ve reminded me of my love affair with fritz! but nah, fritz is far prettier! xo
It’s funny. I love andouillettes…it’s so good but my wife (who is american) thinks exactly like you. Who cares ? It’s more for us 😉
Thanks Herve, you could say we’re being generous!
I think people at the table would be annoyed if I suddenly starting taking my share.
Your food photography is fabulous Kat…I think I can almost smell it
You wouldn’t like the smell of those long ones Soir, trust me!
– but merci mon amie!
Isso é pinto cozido. (português-Brazil)