It’s that time of year again.

Having given up the unequal struggle to find real cream in France, I have decided that mascarpone (albeit Italian)  is the best available substitute.

Have a great weekend!

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  1. #1 by on May 19, 2012 - 16:00

    What heresy is this you speak? No cream in France? Has the Pope left the Vatican? Are there no longer bears in the woods? I thought cream and France were inextricably linked. Oh. Illusion shattered.

  2. #2 by tialys on May 19, 2012 - 16:08

    Well, there is ‘long life’ cream in waxy cartons and ‘squirty’ cream in cans but they don’t really count (even though the French call squirty cream ‘Chantilly’ which sounds so nice). Of course, there is crème fraiche, which is lovely and has its place, but it’s not the same, it has a sharper taste. There is no equivalent to fresh English ‘clotted cream’, ‘double cream’, ‘single cream’, ‘whipping cream’ or ‘sour cream’. Sometimes we get friends to bring us some over if they are driving but, apart from that, we are bereft.

  3. #3 by Jan Marriott on May 19, 2012 - 16:11

    same here in Canada, when I go to England I appall everyone by pigging out on real cream

  4. #4 by wendy on May 19, 2012 - 22:30

    Isn’t that just mad. No fresh cream. The mind boggles. How bizarre, eh. I wonder if in Normandy one can find fresh cream. You’d think, what with all them there cows. 🙂

    When I moved to France, where I lived (back of beyond) there was no fresh milk either…nowadays it’s easier to find but 8 years ago, no way. Unless we went to the farm next door, a dairy farm, and begged fresh milk straight form the cows. But that’s not my thing. I like my milk pasteurised and in a bottle.

  5. #5 by Houdini on June 8, 2012 - 00:44

    NO CREAM!!!??? What on earth are you doing still living there!!!! 😉

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