Paris in July 2022
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La moutarde de Bourgogne
One of my advanced French students (he got a very good result at DALF C) asks for diversified homework. So every week:
- he reviews and does the exercises on a page of Grammaire progressive du français (Niveau perfectionnement)
- he watches a French video and takes notes to present it to me orally during the class
- and he reads a newspaper article where he has to fill in words or endings of words that I have hidden – to enhance his understanding, vocabulary, and grammar.
For the video, we have been using Visites privées (hosted by Stéphane Bern), that focus on French culture, history, gastronomy, etc. The last one I gave him to work on is a fascinating documentary of the origin and current life of la moutarde de Bourgogne – that’s the real deal. Forget la moutarde de Dijon, a brand that can be made anywhere in the world.
Personally I am from Dijon, Burgundy, and still do put mustard on about anything and everything.
DO YOU LIKE MUSTARD?
WHAT DO YOU PUT IT ON?
Mustard. Yep. Complements cheese and just about anything. On the side or blended into the dish I’m cooking.
About anything, you got it right, lol
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Success to you student! Those are interesting and challenging assignments.
Yes, harder than it looks
Interesting about the mustards. I found a mustard in la rue mouffetard, Paris, several years ago that was hands down the best I’d ever had. I bought it again on a second trip along with a few other flavors but my absolute fav had imperceptibly finely ground noix (hazelnuts?) in it. I no longer remember the brand and at the time, I searched online for dealers to import it and found none. Only available in France. I haven’t entered any épiceries on this trip that might carry it but thanks for the reminder. Now I’ll keep an eye out for it.
I passed the C1 in 2017. Took it in Chicago. Have thought about prepping for the C2 but that might require an order of magnitude more work.
wow, mustard with hazelnuts? = noisettes. I don’t think I have ever tasted that, but sounds great to me.
But I think I have had some with walnuts = noix.
Yeah, C2 requires you read and write faster, as the texts you need to summarize and organize in an essay for instance, are much longer.
Congrats on the C1!
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It was walnuts! Thanks.
I’m not totally a mustard connoisseur but I do prefer French mustard (NOT French’s!).
I particularly like Edmond Fallot Green Peppercorn Dijon Mustard — haven’t had it in a while, so I guess I should get some!
best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com
OMG, I had never heard of that one, sounds good!
I am a mustard person. I am not sure I have heard about de Bourgogne one, but will definitely keep my eyes open. I have also noted Carol’s favourite. On my list when I come to Paris.
With my husband, we have developed the habit of buying interesting mustards wherever we travel (in the US)
Sorry, forgot, thank you also for the visités privées link, sounds interesting.
I brought mustard home with me after my last trip to France. I should have brought home more.
Yesterday I was reading about a shortage of mustard in France.
YES, major problem!