The most delightful surprise from last week's trip to Normandy was the Sunday Cambremer Market. It was a rainy day and everything was a bit wet. There was a little crowd of children surrounding a covered trailer whispering , "Oh, Mignon!", so I took a peek. Oh my goodness! Piglets!
The mother was so obviously sleepy and all the little ones were clamoring for milk. One had his fill and was a little less camera shy then his siblings.
I didn't want to leave the piglets but was lured away by teurgoule. Teurgoule is a type of rice pudding that comes from the Normandy region. In French, Teurgoule means twisted mouth. Today's teurgoule is made with rice, cinnamon, sugar, and raw full-cream Normandy milk. Originally, the pudding did not have sugar as it was difficult to come by and the unsweetened cinnamon spice would "twist" the mouths of the Normans who ate it. Cinnamon was procured by Norman pirates who would steal it from Spanish ships.
We ate 750 grams of this award winning rice pudding! It is cooked for hours and creates a thick, brown crust. The pudding inside is so creamy and the rice melts in your mouth.
The farmers market also had these beautifully colored pumpkins and squash.
Cambremer and its surrounding areas are home to apple orchard after apple orchard. It reminded me of the short time I lived in upstate New York, where every fall everyone went apple picking.
I suspect at some point I'll leave my life and do something where I can live and work the land. Who wouldn't want to live here amongst the apple trees and press some of them into cider?