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!


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. Leave a Reply

    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!

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    November 10, 2012

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

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    November 12, 2012

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

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    November 12, 2012

    My favourite chocolate is dark 85% chocolate – gorgeous!

    Hazel Rea – @beachrambler

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    November 12, 2012

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

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    November 12, 2012

    Good old Ferrero Rocher never disappoints me!

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    Ian Campbell
    November 15, 2012

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

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    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!

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    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!

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    November 20, 2012

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

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    Fiona King
    November 25, 2012

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

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    Jo Mapp
    November 25, 2012

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

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    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.

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    November 25, 2012

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

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    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˜€

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    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

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    November 25, 2012

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

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    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

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    November 25, 2012

    I really like foundant fillings the softer and creamier the better

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    November 25, 2012

    I love all chocolate but Dairy Milk is the stock favourite

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    November 25, 2012

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

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    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.

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    Farhana Haque
    November 25, 2012

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

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    Michelle D
    November 25, 2012

    Any Praline filling from hotel chocolat

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    November 25, 2012

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

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    michele hemmings
    November 25, 2012

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

  32. Leave a Reply

    November 25, 2012

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

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    November 25, 2012

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

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    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

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    phillippa lee
    November 25, 2012

    i love dark chocolate and orange

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    November 27, 2012

    i love white chocolate

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    November 28, 2012

    Chilli chocolate
    jen louise jackson

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    Hazel Rush
    November 28, 2012

    Anything Lindt is delicious !!

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    Hazel Rush
    November 28, 2012

    I've subscribed to the newsletter

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    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

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    November 29, 2012

    I love dark chocolates with nuts

  42. Leave a Reply

    Claire Appleton
    November 29, 2012

    My favourite chocolate is Milka

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