Friday, January 7, 2011

Day 12 : Chestnuts roasting on an open fire....

Cheesy but nothing makes the holidays seem even more festive than hot roasted chestnuts.
Here at home, they signal the start of the Yuletide season (along with edam cheese balls and gift baskets in the supermarkets).
In Paris, walking through the biting, -2 cold, the smell of hot chestnuts roasting over open fires, in vendors' stalls and carts, brought memories of home, family and Christmases past.
We couldn't resist.
Never mind if 3 euros for a small paper packet yielded only 10 chestnuts, nothing could beat their wonderful smoky smell and
their fresh roasted taste, something to munch on to keep fingers and hearts warm while spending the holidays far away from home.

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