Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Quel Objet - What a Thing!
I've found something exciting and new (to me, that is) and I wanted to share.
Quel Objet means What a Thing in French. It's a company that offers beautiful and gourmet items patterned after the French style of doing things.
I was privileged to be able to sample two of those items.
I received a tin of sea salt mixed with herbs called Sel du Boucher, which simply means Butcher's Salt. This 17.6 oz. tin box of herb-infused sea salt is tied with twine. Opening it made me feel like I had traveled to France and was on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Butcher's Salt is flavored with rosemary, thyme, sage, and marjoram and is a perfect seasoning for all meat dishes. I used the salt on my mother's recipe for baked pork chops. Don't tell Mom, but my husband couldn't stop raving about his meal!!
Other choices are:
Sel du Pêcheur: Fisherman's Salt -- sea salt with marjoram, fennel, thyme, chervil, and sage -- great for seafood.
Sel du Jardinier: Gardener's Salt -- sea salt with garlic, chervil, parsley, and tarragon for use with vegetable dishes.
My favorite item Quel Objet has to offer is the Bouquet Garni. Have you ever used one? It's nothing more than a variety of herbs tied in a cheesecloth for ease in dropping in soups and stews. The problem is, if you don't do it just right, the herbs fall out of your little homemade bag or float through the cheesecloth openings and then you have to ladle them back out, especially the bay leaves. This neat little item is one of the most convenient things I have used in the kitchen. It's a ready made bouquet garni; a neat little bundle of herbs wrapped in a bay leaf and tied with a string. It includes oregano, thyme, savory, and bay. Just hang it over the edge of your pot or let it float around in there. Then when you're ready to remove the herbs, there's only one thing to pull out.
The bag comes with 8 tightly wrapped bouquet garnis, ready to go and oh so aromatic the kitchen smelled wonderful even without cooking a thing.
Thyme for Herbs
Tickling the Ivories