Apart from Macarons, you may also know from reading my blog that when in France, my other foodie treat is seafood (Fruits de Mer), especially and above all else, Whelks (Bulots). Whenever we drive over there, our first food shop always includes prawns, whelks and occasionally, shrimps.
Back in Manchester, seafood is rarer than Macarons. I've only ever found live whelks in Manchester's Food Market. And on average, I come across them once a year. So when I do, I buy everything they stock.
But I have never seen them so late in the year.
And what's more, these weren't your average whelks either. They were giants. You can see from the photo in my layout. I placed a whelk saved from my last trip abroad next to one of these beasts. Over twice the size!!!
So there I was, walking through Manchester, carrying a large white bag containing two kilos of whelks. And I bet I was the only one. They were even plonked onto the seat next to me on the train journey home. Thankfully, no-one enquired about what lay inside, clattering around.
We cooked them up that evening, let them cool and tucked in with lashings of naughty mayonnaise plus a decent serving of dark green veg.
Well, we don't have them everyday now.