With their recognisable striped shells, tiger prawns from the salt marshes of the Île de Ré are sold live, without any preservatives, from August to November.
Samphire’s subtle saltiness can enhance salads, pasta, fish dishes, or omelettes. Its taste and texture change throughout the growing season. What’s the best way to cook samphire at different points in the season?
In English, the sauces and condiments that come with oysters are called “accoutrements”, which means ‘costume’ or ‘silly outfit’ in French, making it sound like oysters are somehow ridiculous if they’re not naked.
We could describe them the same way Maupassant does in Bel Ami: “Small and rich, looking like little ears enfolded in shells, melting between the palate and the tongue like salted sweets”…