Monday, April 03, 2006

france diary: nutella

i've always associated nutella with france although this creamy, chocolately hazelnut butter that tastes like nothing else in the world is of italian origin and is made by ferrero - the same company that makes ferrero rocher. i think i associate nutella so strongly with france because i was first introduced to nutella when i was a student in tours in the heart of the loire valley. my french host family, the chaignes, used to serve nutella for breakfast every day. nutella gave me energy and a cheerful start to the day before i had to tackle all the exceptions of french grammar rules or try to understand a sartre play. nutella was absolute love at first sight for me and i quickly became addicted, spreading it on everything - from freshly baked croissants to green apple slices. but after i left france almost ten years ago, i forgot about nutella as i never saw it in bombay or even in the states (although it has become quite popular now).

i was super excited to discover nutella all over again this weekend thanks to our french hosts. it was my first time back in france since college and i took to nutella with the same delight as i did many years back. except this time my mind was working overtime in thinking about all the ways in which i want to use nutella when i get back to london. i'm thinking of nutella crepes, nutella fondue with marshmallows, cardammom sponge cake with a layer of nutella, nutella covered strawberries.....aaaagh, i have to stop before i OD on nutella at the rate i'm going!


Blogger archana said...

Hi Lulu- I really enjoy reading your blog and I've been meaning to introduce myself for a while to you. I wanted to mention to you that Giada DeLaurentis incorporates Nutella a lot in to her recipes so you may want to check out her shows/ books. Best wishes for you in London!

9:24 pm  
Blogger gs said...

see that you are response to my voice message.

12:45 am  
Blogger Faffer said...

What a coincidence. I'd almost forgotten about the jar of nutella that I'd gotten a couple of months and only this morning did I remember and was wondering how to use it up. Crepes with nutella and banana is an absolute favorite of mine (possibly because that was the first nutella treat I'd eaten). Toast slathered with nutella topped with sliced strawberries makes for a quick dessert.

4:48 am  
Blogger Amy Sherman said...

You can even make hot chocolate out of Nutella, not to mention chocolate fondue! Perhaps a Fondue cookbook is in your future?

4:53 am  
Blogger Lulu said...

thanks, archana. nice to hear from you. i LOVE giada and used to watch her italian food show when i was i living in the states. been meaning to ger her basic italian book. now even more reason to!

hi faffer,
now we both can OD on nutella :)

congrats on the dannone coup!!
hot chocolate sounds great. and chocolate fondue sounds yum as well. i see where you're going with the cookbook :)

7:12 am  
Blogger rums said...

lools as a reporter in b'bay i used to survive on nutella and marie biscuits. sometimes i had them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. that was the best i could do as i was broke most of the time :)

2:02 pm  
Blogger Lulu said...

hi rums,
i could also survive on nutella all day long. marie biscuits - gosh, i miss those!

10:25 pm  

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