We are always so pleased and thrilled to receive food gifts from friends and family. There is just something so heartwarming about homemade dishes or delicacies, or special or unusual food items acquired from expert cooks, small artisanal producers, provincial sources, or even while on foreign trips. Often, it isn’t the cost that matters, but the thought that goes into the food. Because of this blog, family and friends have focused even more on discovering and sharing unique finds, and we often get unique salts, handcarried honeycombs, herbs and spices, dried fishes, etc. during the course of the year. But sometimes, my jaw literally drops when food gifts like this one are delivered to our home. A good friend warned me by text that a special present was on its way over (from him and his family) for my birthday, and that it needed to be refrigerated. The doorbell rang, and a nondescript bag was brought to the dining table and within there was a little log all wrapped up, almost like a small salami…
When i unwrapped the paper and ribbons, felt the relative density/weight, and cold temperature, I was getting giddy wondering if it was what I thought it might be. Unravelling several meters of plastic wrap, I was both thrilled but utterly shocked to behold, a torchon of roughly 1-1.2 kilos of pate de foie gras with minced truffles! Honestly, I had never seen a torchon that large in a home setting… the last time I saw something like this was at Le Grand Epicerie, in Paris! Strictly speaking this torchon was probably made tightly bound with plastic wrap, rather than the traditional method of using a towel or tourchon. OMG, is all I could think. If I ate all of this, I would almost certainly keel over from organ failure of some sort. There must have been over 7,000+ calories in this one little log of joy. After egg yolks and caviar, pate has the third most cholesterol per gram in any food if my cursory research is to be believed (see this link)! Consuelo de bobo, pate is only the 10th most calorie packed food per gram (see this link). :)
A quick look around the kitchen yielded a loaf of buttery, almost brioche-like bread. This was cut into small rectangles without crusts and toasted lightly. We spread some unsalted butter on the bread. Laid on a generous slice of pate, topped that with a sliver of cornichon and served this with some flaky sea salt on the side… It was absolutely delicious, and incredibly decadent. I had four servings of this, and even with friends over, we barely managed to consume 20% of the torchon.
A few days later, we enjoyed the pate in thick slices inside crusty rolls. It sounds a bit excessive to eat it this way, but I can assure you it was stunningly good. Similar to this experience from several months ago. A huge thank you to the generous friends who sent this over, it was an incredible and delicious birthday surprise! I can not have a blood test for several more months. Several more months. :)