Saturday, 10 November 2012

Handpicked Smoked Salmon and a Club Chocolat Francais Giveaway

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 Fran├žais 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

165 comments:

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

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. I like chocolates with nuts, a praline or coconutty ones.

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  6. 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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  7. I love dark, dark chocolate or fruit chocolate.

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  8. I have subscribed to the newsletter

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

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  11. 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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  12. I have subscribed to Clucb Chocolate's website.

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  13. I like dark chocolate with ginger mmm.

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

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  15. chocolate coated crystallised ginger

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

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  17. My favourite chocolate is dark 85% chocolate - gorgeous!

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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

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  19. Good old Ferrero Rocher never disappoints me!

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  20. Any thing Praline - does it for me everytime

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  21. dark chocolate mmmh even better with brazil nut s:)

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  22. My favourite is Milk chocolate

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  23. Anything with praline - yum!

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  24. Have subscribed to the newsletter

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  25. I love coffee flavoured chocolate! :)

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

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

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  28. 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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  29. I'm already subscribed to the newsletter

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  30. I love dark chocolate with nuts :)

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  31. Dark chocolate and 'Galaxy'!

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  32. dark chocolate or something with nuts

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

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  35. Mint chocolate is my favourite!

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  36. Subscribed to Club Chocolat newsletter

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  37. Salted caramels are my favourite

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  38. My favourite are 'Chocolat Riche Truffles' - so rich and decadently creamy

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

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

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  41. dark chocolate with butterscotch

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  42. I LOVE pralines and truffles!

    Laura Harris

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

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  44. i love strawberry white choc, ive subscribed my email too

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  45. Caramel. Only good caramel though, it can so easily be too sickly. :(

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  46. My Homemade Chocolate Truffles

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  47. love dark chocolate with boozy overtones!

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

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

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  51. i love any dark chocolate with mint

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  52. Ones with nuts

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  53. i am a massive fan of all chocolate, dark, milk and White.. never fails to put a smile on my face :D

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  54. 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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  55. I love dark chocolate, the more bitter the better and if it has coffee in it even better :)

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  56. I have subscribed to the email newsletter and popped the email i used in the rafflecopter form :) @xxfluffywhitexx on twitter

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  57. I love coffee chocs - no one else in my house does, bonus!

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  58. I really like foundant fillings the softer and creamier the better

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  59. Dark Chocolate and Ginger

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  60. Any chocolate with orange :) mmmm

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  61. I love all chocolate but Dairy Milk is the stock favourite

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

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  63. Georgia McAllister25 November 2012 14:53

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

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  65. grainne marnell-fox25 November 2012 15:25

    lindt

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  66. any chocolate that has nuts in.

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  67. Any Praline filling from hotel chocolat

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  68. i love orange or strwberry centres

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

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  70. I have subscribe to newsletter

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  71. I like cadburys
    jillwebb@blueyonder.co.uk

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  72. michele hemmings25 November 2012 18:53

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

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

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

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  75. Rum truffles are my favourite but I love all kinds :)

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  76. Chocolate truffles or anything with caramel

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

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  78. subscribed to the newsletter

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  79. Praline, preferably hazlenut please!

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  80. my fav has to be milk chocolate with a salted caramel core mmmmm

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  81. 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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  82. i love dark chocolate and orange

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

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  84. Subscribed to the newsletter

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  85. I love white chocolate

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

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  87. i love white chocolate

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  88. White vanilla

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  89. Dark with orange

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  90. Chilli chocolate
    @jen1984j
    jen louise jackson

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  91. Violet and Rose creams are my favourite. Yum!

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  92. I subscribed by e-mail & I tweeted etc... @Madrabbitgirl

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  93. I love Hot Chocolate... with Bailey's :) @pipersky1

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  94. Anything Lindt is delicious !!

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  95. I've subscribed to the newsletter

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  96. Charlotte Morris28 November 2012 22:52

    Dairy Milk

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  97. 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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  98. I love dark chocolates with nuts

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  99. Claire Appleton29 November 2012 12:04

    My favourite chocolate is Milka

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

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  101. Eton Mess selector slab from Hotel Chocolate

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  102. My favourite is Milk chocolate

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  103. aero , my favourite

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  104. any that have orange or lemon in

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  105. I like white chocolate buttons

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  106. i love a rich dark chocolate

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  107. Favourite chocolate would be nutty chocolates - like pralines or a bar of whole nut

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  108. White Tolberone or Terrys Popping Candy White Choc orange

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  109. Galaxy chocolate, definitely! :)

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I love to read your comments and try to reply when I can, please let me know if you make one of my recipes or if you have any questions I will try to answer them. Janice

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