Local traditions and culture in Basse-Normandie

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    The "Trou Normand"

    by vibi68 Updated May 28, 2005

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    The "Trou Normand" literaly translates as Norman hole; it is a very old tradition of gastronomy in the north of France. The tradition consists in drinking a couple sips of hard liqueur in the middle of a meal, to actually create a "hole" in one's stomach to renew the appetite. Specialists say that there are in reality three "Trous" the tradition should respect, the first being the "apéro", a glass of Absynth, Vermouth or Rhum offered to all guests before the meal to stimulate their appetite. The second one is a small glass of pure wine served right after the soup. The "Trou Normand" is what is called in the specialists' laguage, the "hole" of the middle, it's goal is to active digestion and provoque some sort of new appetite; usualy served after the 3rd course, it is now often presented as a scoop of apple sherbet drowned in a finger of Calvados, a liqueur made from cider. Very enjoyable indeed! You will find the Trou Normand on many menus throughout Normandy.

    Trou Normand
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  • Fancy gardens

    by Martinewezel Updated Mar 4, 2006

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    Locals happen to tart up their garden with fancyful decorations " in honour of their liberators". Great, don't you think?

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