Friday, May 1, 2009

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May 1st - a public holiday known as la fête du muguet in France - which I'd completely forgotten about when I went shopping for ingredients for wild garlic recipes and found everything shut. Muguet (lily of the valley) is traditionally sold in little bouquets all over France today and given to loved ones as a token of good luck and to celebrate the arrival of spring.

Coincidentally, the leaves of wild garlic look a bit like the leaves of lily of the valley, and the white flowers, according to BB, a bit like hemlock (they don't - see below) - so he refused to finish my salad of wild garlic after he became convinced that his mouth had become anaesthetized and he'd been poisoned. He'll do anything to get out of eating his greens!

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