Handpicked Smoked Salmon and a Club Chocolat Francais Giveaway

Uncategorized | November 10, 2012 | By

NOT my Wartime Kitchen, but the other one, full of tempting treats and deliciousness!

The first time I tasted smoked salmon was at my Great Aunt and Uncle’s home in West Kingsdown in Kent.  We used to go down there at Easter and go on exciting trips into London!  I must have been about 7 years old and Aunty Phyllis made us smoked salmon sandwiches, she bought end pieces which were not so expensive, but I was so impressed (a very early foodie!) and loved the smoky saltiness of this delicate fish.

Smoked Salmon is not such a luxury  now with more farmed salmon but it often disappoints being wet or greasy.  Not so the MacGilvray Finest Smoked Salmon sent to me by The Handpicked Food 
Store. Here is what MacGilvrays say about their smoked salmon:

“All of our smoked salmon is sourced by fine food purveyors MacGilvray from the cold clear waters of the Scottish West Highlands.  It has been dry cured and oak-smoked in traditional brick built kilns and we believe it to be the finest available.”

The salmon was firm, not too finely cut and just melted in your mouth.  The smoke was subtle and didn’t overpower the flavour of the fish.  In fact, it was just how I remember that first taste of delicious smoked salmon in the 1960s!  The Handpicked Food Store is a new venture from the people who bring you well-established The Handpicked Collection  both are well worth a visit for gift shopping. 

Club Chocolat Francais Autumn Collection and a Giveaway

I am feeling really spoiled, first smoked salmon and now delicious french chocolates.  I’ve reviewed Club Chocolat Francais before and I have to say that this collection is even better than the last.  There are some stunning flavours enrobed in the very best dark, milk and white chocolate.

This was my absolute favourite from this selection it’s the ‘Citron Coriandre’ and it absolutely bursts onto your tongue with an incredible lemon and spice taste that I’ve never encountered in a chocolate before.  I also loved the Petales Framboise, again the intensity and freshness of the fruit flavours are really not like anything you get in a standard box of chocs.

Club Chocolat Français comes is a family business, established 20
years ago in Southwest France, in the country side. Their workshops are
surrounded by orchards. These orchards provide the plums and hazelnuts  used for the chocolate creations.

If you love Gourmet chocolate, have a look at the Club Chocolat Francais chocolate club, each month you get 34 luxury handmade chocolates delivered to your door  – mmm heaven!

GIVEAWAY

I have three full size boxes of Club Chocolat Chocolates to giveaway to three lucky readers.  Just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget.
This competition is open to readers in the UK and Europe only as Club Chocolat Francais chocolates are handmade using the finest ingredients with no artificial
preservatives added. The high quality of our products makes speedy
delivery a necessity.

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Janine
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I think lately my favourite chocolate has been Galaxy – it's dangerous, though, as I can easily eat a 100g bar in one sitting!

Rachel
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My favourite chocolates are ones with fruity centres, although quite enjoy trying all the others too!

belleau kitchen
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I simply adore smoked salmon… could eat the stuff all day… favourite chocs would be anything with mint… mint aero springs to mind!

Chris
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In fact, at the moment I eat chocolate most of the time when I'm baking something, although I like crispy ones or with marzipan in it.

olivia280177
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I like chocolates with nuts, a praline or coconutty ones.

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I subscribed to the email.

Choclette
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You've got different ones to me Janice, but I did get the lemon coriander one and it was one of my favourites too.

Jacqueline
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I love dark, dark chocolate or fruit chocolate.

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Hotrod mum
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dark chocolate

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I love pralines

Corina
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pralines

Julia
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lapin d'or
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My favourite chocolate is a creamy caramel coated in a dark milk chocolate, not too bitter, not too sweet.

ali thorpe
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I love chocolate with nuts so i tend towards Fruit & Nut … but the chocolate is a bit sweet for me these days.

ali thorpe
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I have subscribed to Clucb Chocolate's website.

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chrisreid

I like dark chocolate with ginger mmm.

Blue Kitchen Bakes
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I love dark chocolate especially when it is hiding a kirsch soaked cherry inside

Jane Willis
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chocolate coated crystallised ginger

softkiss51
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I love lindt chocolate especially their dark chocolates!
Thankyou for the lovely competition!

Anonymous
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My favourite chocolate is dark 85% chocolate – gorgeous!

Hazel Rea – @beachrambler

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I have subscribed to the e-mail – Hazel Rea – @beachrambler

Kim
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Dairy Milk….Yum!

LucyTaylor
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Good old Ferrero Rocher never disappoints me!

Garden Tea Cakes and Me
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Any thing Praline – does it for me everytime

katrinao
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dark chocolate mmmh even better with brazil nut s:)

sarahlouisa
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My favourite is Milk chocolate

Homebird
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Anything with praline – yum!

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Camilla @Fabfood4all
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Chocolate covered marzipan!

Lyn B
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I love coffee flavoured chocolate! 🙂

Louise Bowman
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nothing like milk chocolate 🙂

Jan Atkinson
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i love orange chocolate

happyfox
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Marzipan in dark chocolate

talesofpiglingbland
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At the moment, salted caramel or white chocolate and pepper. I know…I'm a sucker for trends

Ian Campbell
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White chocolate – ever so sweet and a great companion to its dark chocolate counterpart.

Choclette
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As my chocolates are long gone now, I've decided I will enter after all!

Favourite chocolate at the moment is salted caramel, but I am fickle!

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anna brown
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anna brown

Dark chocolate!

Sarah Edwards
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Sarah Edwards

I love dark chocolate with nuts 🙂

Gill
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Gill

Dark chocolate and 'Galaxy'!

handmadetsunami
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handmadetsunami

dark chocolate or something with nuts

Vickii
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This is a TOUGH question to answer as I lOVE chocolate! So I'll say at the moment, my favourite chocolate is Green and Blacks Milk chocolate with sea salt! It is AMAZING!

Catgran
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Catgran

I'm an utter chocoholic but my very favourite is milk or white with nuts

littlebean
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Mint chocolate is my favourite!

Camilla @Fabfood4all.co.uk
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Marzipan Chocolates!

Hannah ONeill
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Subscribed to Club Chocolat newsletter

Sarah Fawcett
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Salted caramels are my favourite

Fiona King
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Fiona King

My favourite are 'Chocolat Riche Truffles' – so rich and decadently creamy

Tracy K Nixon
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I love truffles!

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