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A Slice of Belgium - Ardennes Delicatessen: Saucisson d'Ardenne (9/13)

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Published on Jun 18, 2014

We all know that Belgium has some of the best cooking in the world (what? Haven't you heard?), but what do the Belgians really eat and drink, when they are at home, and among family and friends? No- surprise, surprise! -- it's not the exquisite French-style cuisine of their top restaurants, but delicious, honest, down-to-earth dishes, based on long tradition and good-quality produce. It's the kind of excellent, unpretentious food that grandmothers produced effortlessly in their simple kitchens, lapped up by happy families gathered around the table. Of course there are the great Belgian classics, such as chicons au gratin, deep-fried shrimp croquettes and waffles, but there are also wonderful, locally-famous terrines and tarts and pies, plus the numerous shop-bought specialities such as Ardenne ham, spéculoos biscuits, Sirop de Liège and Herve cheese. And, of course, the chocolates and the beer.

With his characteristic wit, charm and irreverence, Eric Boschman provides a fascinating insight into true Belgian eating habits, with happy excursions into some of their weirder, surreal and frankly unedifying aspects. The focus here is on the food and drink of Brussels and the five provinces of Wallonia, adapted from his bestselling Le Goût des Belges. Hence it is 'A Slice of Belgium'- but what a terrific slice that is!

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