Farmersgirl Kitchen

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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  1. Janine
    November 10, 2012

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

  2. Rachel
    November 10, 2012

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

  3. belleau kitchen
    November 10, 2012

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

  4. Chris
    November 10, 2012

    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.

  5. olivia280177
    November 10, 2012

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

  6. Choclette
    November 10, 2012

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

  7. Jacqueline
    November 10, 2012

    I love dark, dark chocolate or fruit chocolate.

  8. Hotrod mum
    November 10, 2012

    I have subscribed to the newsletter

  9. Corina
    November 11, 2012

    pralines

  10. Julia
    November 11, 2012

    I subscribed to the email

  11. lapin d'or
    November 11, 2012

    My favourite chocolate is a creamy caramel coated in a dark milk chocolate, not too bitter, not too sweet.

  12. ali thorpe
    November 11, 2012

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

  13. ali thorpe
    November 11, 2012

    I have subscribed to Clucb Chocolate's website.

  14. chrisreid
    November 11, 2012

    I like dark chocolate with ginger mmm.

  15. Blue Kitchen Bakes
    November 11, 2012

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

  16. Jane Willis
    November 12, 2012

    chocolate coated crystallised ginger

  17. softkiss51
    November 12, 2012

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

  18. Anonymous
    November 12, 2012

    My favourite chocolate is dark 85% chocolate – gorgeous!

    Hazel Rea – @beachrambler

  19. Anonymous
    November 12, 2012

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

  20. Kim
    November 12, 2012

    Dairy Milk….Yum!

  21. LucyTaylor
    November 12, 2012

    Good old Ferrero Rocher never disappoints me!

  22. katrinao
    November 12, 2012

    dark chocolate mmmh even better with brazil nut s:)

  23. sarahlouisa
    November 13, 2012

    My favourite is Milk chocolate

  24. Homebird
    November 13, 2012

    Anything with praline – yum!

  25. Homebird
    November 13, 2012

    Have subscribed to the newsletter

  26. Lyn B
    November 13, 2012

    I love coffee flavoured chocolate! πŸ™‚

  27. Louise Bowman
    November 13, 2012

    nothing like milk chocolate πŸ™‚

  28. happyfox
    November 14, 2012

    Marzipan in dark chocolate

  29. talesofpiglingbland
    November 14, 2012

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

  30. Ian Campbell
    November 15, 2012

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

  31. Choclette
    November 17, 2012

    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!

  32. Choclette
    November 17, 2012

    I'm already subscribed to the newsletter

  33. Sarah Edwards
    November 18, 2012

    I love dark chocolate with nuts πŸ™‚

  34. Gill
    November 19, 2012

    Dark chocolate and 'Galaxy'!

  35. Vickii
    November 20, 2012

    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!

  36. Catgran
    November 20, 2012

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

  37. littlebean
    November 21, 2012

    Mint chocolate is my favourite!

  38. Hannah ONeill
    November 25, 2012

    Subscribed to Club Chocolat newsletter

  39. Sarah Fawcett
    November 25, 2012

    Salted caramels are my favourite

  40. Fiona King
    November 25, 2012

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

  41. Jo Mapp
    November 25, 2012

    My favourite type of chocolate is dark, the darker the better, and salted. Lovely

  42. Catherine Reynolds
    November 25, 2012

    I love any chocolate with nuts, closely followed by plain dark chocolate :3

  43. Alison Joyce
    November 25, 2012

    dark chocolate with butterscotch

  44. Alison Joyce
    November 25, 2012

    Subscribed to newsletter πŸ™‚

  45. wayne smith
    November 25, 2012

    I LOVE pralines and truffles!

    Laura Harris

  46. mpad6869
    November 25, 2012

    Strawberry Cream

  47. Dorit Vaknine
    November 25, 2012

    i have subscribed, my fave choc with strawberry white choc!

  48. Dorit Vaknine
    November 25, 2012

    i love strawberry white choc, ive subscribed my email too

  49. rhiannon alwen
    November 25, 2012

    Caramel. Only good caramel though, it can so easily be too sickly. πŸ™

  50. Markfezzer
    November 25, 2012

    My Homemade Chocolate Truffles

  51. maxineflossy
    November 25, 2012

    love dark chocolate with boozy overtones!

  52. veejaybee
    November 25, 2012

    Anything with a nut in it.

  53. Eduard Korhonen
    November 25, 2012

    Subscribed to newsletter. The tweet is too long by the way, had to delete a letter

  54. Gary Topley
    November 25, 2012

    I like all chocolate, nonetheless I don't like any coffee flavoured chocolate or any coconut flavoured chocolate. My favourite though I guess has to be Caramel.

  55. Mimi
    November 25, 2012

    Dark 72% chocolate, preferably with marzipan in the middle!

  56. secksy34
    November 25, 2012

    i love any dark chocolate with mint

  57. Jayne Wilson
    November 25, 2012

    Ones with nuts

  58. Robyn Webb
    November 25, 2012

    i am a massive fan of all chocolate, dark, milk and White.. never fails to put a smile on my face πŸ˜€

  59. kayleigh white
    November 25, 2012

    For me It has got to be Caramac! Great tasting and because it's so sweet I can only eat a little bit. @xxfluffywhitexx on twitter

  60. TheKiss
    November 25, 2012

    I love dark chocolate, the more bitter the better and if it has coffee in it even better πŸ™‚

  61. kayleigh white
    November 25, 2012

    I have subscribed to the email newsletter and popped the email i used in the rafflecopter form πŸ™‚ @xxfluffywhitexx on twitter

  62. mister_steven
    November 25, 2012

    I love coffee chocs – no one else in my house does, bonus!

  63. emmav6
    November 25, 2012

    galaxy with nuts πŸ™‚

  64. les123
    November 25, 2012

    I really like foundant fillings the softer and creamier the better

  65. matphil
    November 25, 2012

    Galaxy is my favourite.

  66. Anonymous
    November 25, 2012

    milky bar

  67. Anonymous
    November 25, 2012

    thorntons

  68. Tiddles12
    November 25, 2012

    Cadburys flake bar

  69. ATP
    November 25, 2012

    Dark Chocolate and Ginger

  70. Sayj
    November 25, 2012

    Any chocolate with orange πŸ™‚ mmmm

  71. emma
    November 25, 2012

    I love all chocolate but Dairy Milk is the stock favourite

  72. vision123
    November 25, 2012

    My favourte is Club Chocolat Francais Autumn Collection,thanks for the chance to win some.

  73. Georgia McAllister
    November 25, 2012

    I read the other comments and changed my mind several times but I think my favourite has to be any chocolate with Turkish Delight.

  74. Farhana Haque
    November 25, 2012

    Lindor is fav at the moment.
    I have subscribed to the newsletter

  75. grainne marnell-fox
    November 25, 2012

    lindt

  76. soosieboo
    November 25, 2012

    any chocolate that has nuts in.

  77. Michelle D
    November 25, 2012

    Any Praline filling from hotel chocolat

  78. Clare Wood
    November 25, 2012

    i love orange or strwberry centres

  79. sandy
    November 25, 2012

    I love Thorntons and Hotel Chocolat. As to which I think it has to be Champagne Truffles.

  80. Val Swift
    November 25, 2012

    I love chocolate creams

  81. Val Swift
    November 25, 2012

    I have subscribe to newsletter

  82. michele hemmings
    November 25, 2012

    Have just had a peek at club chocolates website. One word…..yum!

  83. anthony harrington
    November 25, 2012

    I love it all, but I particularly love Aero and Galaxy

  84. pazanne
    November 25, 2012

    I love a coffee cream.

  85. Cheeky
    November 25, 2012

    I love white chocolate flavoured with fruit – I had some rhubarb flavoured a couple of months ago which was gorgeous!

  86. mellysocks
    November 25, 2012

    Rum truffles are my favourite but I love all kinds πŸ™‚

  87. mummy24
    November 25, 2012

    Chocolate truffles or anything with caramel

  88. mummy24
    November 25, 2012

    i have subsribed by email

  89. debwh142
    November 25, 2012

    I really like ones with marzipan in the middle or a strawberry cream

  90. debwh142
    November 25, 2012

    subscribed to the newsletter

  91. suzeesu2000
    November 25, 2012

    Praline, preferably hazlenut please!

  92. Julie
    November 25, 2012

    I love ALL chocolate, there is absolutely nothing I don't like. If I had to pick a favourite though it would be dark chocolate mint cream

  93. caroles
    November 25, 2012

    Dark chocolate and ginger

  94. phillippa lee
    November 25, 2012

    i love dark chocolate and orange

  95. Carolin
    November 26, 2012

    Milk chocolate and praline

  96. Carolin
    November 26, 2012

    Have subscribed x

  97. ratties
    November 26, 2012

    Coffee flavoured

  98. Anna m
    November 26, 2012

    White Toblerone

  99. kasza
    November 26, 2012

    Praline

  100. Alison Clark Clark
    November 26, 2012

    since finding it im in love with the godiva ganache bar.

  101. soozybee
    November 26, 2012

    Subscribed to the newsletter

  102. Joanne
    November 27, 2012

    I love white chocolate

  103. chrisreid
    November 27, 2012

    orange and ginger mmmm

  104. alices-wonderland
    November 27, 2012

    I love all chocolate! But I think alpini from thorntons is my current favourite

  105. Anonymous
    November 27, 2012

    i love white chocolate

  106. Teresa Lee
    November 28, 2012

    White vanilla

  107. Anonymous
    November 28, 2012

    Dark with orange

  108. Anonymous
    November 28, 2012

    Chilli chocolate
    @jen1984j
    jen louise jackson

  109. Peanutbunny
    November 28, 2012

    Violet and Rose creams are my favourite. Yum!

  110. Peanutbunny
    November 28, 2012

    I subscribed by e-mail & I tweeted etc… @Madrabbitgirl

  111. cheryl100
    November 28, 2012

    Mint aeros yummy

  112. Cheryll
    November 28, 2012

    I love Hot Chocolate… with Bailey's πŸ™‚ @pipersky1

  113. Hazel Rush
    November 28, 2012

    Anything Lindt is delicious !!

  114. Hazel Rush
    November 28, 2012

    I've subscribed to the newsletter

  115. elizabeth
    November 28, 2012

    violet and rose creams πŸ™‚

  116. Charlotte Morris
    November 28, 2012

    Dairy Milk

  117. gemma clark
    November 29, 2012

    i love most chocolate apart from white chocolate. truffles and dark choclate with rum and raisin have to be my favourite

  118. gemma clark
    November 29, 2012

    I have subscribed thankyou

  119. Ainun
    November 29, 2012

    I love dark chocolates with nuts

  120. Claire Appleton
    November 29, 2012

    My favourite chocolate is Milka

  121. Dan Caldon
    November 29, 2012

    Has to be white chocolate. Just can't get enough of it

  122. Lubey
    November 29, 2012

    Any from Divine

  123. Lubey
    November 29, 2012

    Eton Mess selector slab from Hotel Chocolate

  124. legs21
    November 29, 2012

    My favourite is Milk chocolate

  125. steve
    November 29, 2012

    aero , my favourite

  126. Ruth_Marianna
    November 29, 2012

    any that have orange or lemon in

  127. Alison
    November 29, 2012

    Truffles

  128. Mickie Bull
    November 29, 2012

    I like white chocolate buttons

  129. Lo-Lo
    November 29, 2012

    i love a rich dark chocolate

  130. Wendy Tolhurst
    November 29, 2012

    Favourite chocolate would be nutty chocolates – like pralines or a bar of whole nut

  131. diva1977
    November 29, 2012

    White Tolberone or Terrys Popping Candy White Choc orange

  132. diva1977
    November 29, 2012

    have subscribed

  133. nicole101
    November 30, 2012

    Milk Chocolate!

  134. nicole101
    November 30, 2012

    I have subscribed!

  135. Sophie Foulds
    November 30, 2012

    Galaxy chocolate, definitely! πŸ™‚