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!