A Culinary Contest!

It’s pretty unusual to find anything in Paris at a discount, so imagine my surprise when I came upon this rarity:

…a discount coupon!

When I got to the place, however, that a cone of ice cream was 5€ ($6).
Gulp! I guess the concept of le discount isn’t quite yet fully-understood in Paris…spoilsports!

So I decided it’s time for a contest around here.
Yes, the winner will get a free, personally-autographed copy of The Great Book of Chocolate.


Here’s the contest…

These are 4 culinary-related items.
The first person who can correctly name at least 3 of them, will win a copy of The Great Book of Chocolate.

How many can you identify?

1. mysteryitem1paris.jpg
Hint: It’s made of linen.
2. mysteryitem2paris.jpg
3. mysteryitem3paris.jpg
4. mystery4parischocolate-.jpg

Leave entries under ‘Comments’…contest ends November 15th, 2005.
Bonne chance!

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  • Alisa
    November 2, 2005 3:52am

    Good thing I already have the book. I don’t know for certain, what any of those are. :)

  • John
    November 2, 2005 4:27am

    1. Oven mitt?

    2: Cocoa nibs? Or ground coffee?

    3: don’t know

    4: sweetened condensed milk?

  • Jess
    November 2, 2005 4:40am

    1. Oven glove (it looks a bit too big though)

    2. Quality ground cooking chocolate (or coffee).

    3. Looks like fruit and nut cake wrapped in muslin (I’d say dundee cake but not sure you can get it in paris).

    4. Sugar syrup in a tube?

  • November 2, 2005 4:40am

    gosh… this is tough but i’ll give it a try…

    1. cloth strainer?
    2. ground cocoa?
    3. some sort of veg pie? (do i see cauliflower?)
    4. sugar syrup?

    ah… somehow don’t think i’m going to ever win this… it’s time to order a copy myself through amazon i guess… :)

  • November 2, 2005 6:42am

    Okay, I was just thinking about buying that book, so I’ll give it a shot.
    1. A linen pudding bag (for wrapping things like fruitcake)?
    2. crushed cocoa nibs?
    3. Fruitcakes (perhaps inside said linen pudding bags)?
    4. A tube of sweetened condensed milk!

  • November 2, 2005 7:17am

    Hi David, here are my uneducated guesses:

    1. a bag for hanging cheese or storing fruitcakes etc.. or a bag that you put on your feet if you’ve moisturized them before bedtime and you don’t want the greasy lotion to stain your sheets. Not as pretty as the ones at body shop, but still, it could be.
    2. crushed cocoa nibs or coffee not quite perfectly ground.
    3. definitely looks like fruitcakes, perhaps your chocolate cherry fruitcake?
    4. and just because I don’t want to seem like I’m copying Melissa’s answers I’m going to say this is just sugar paste. Although I do like her answer better, but if she’s right then I can’t win anyway, so I’ll try something else.

  • November 2, 2005 8:19am

    1. Is it one of those bags that you fill with herbs and stitch up the other end to boil to make soup?

    2. I’m pretty sure it’s not cacao nibs, but I’ve no clue what it is either.

    3. Pudding bag.

    4. Doesn’t quite look viscous enough to be condensed milk, at least, not the ones I’m used to. But I’ll go with condensed milk anyway.

  • John
    November 2, 2005 11:57am

    David! This is an unfair competition! I was the first one to say what I thought the things are but following what I said gave everyone else a good clue!! (grizzle, grizzle, moan, stamp foot, throw oneself on the floor, scream and kick legs!) It’s not fair!!

  • John
    November 2, 2005 11:59am

    OK – after the hissy fit – I reckon number one is a forcing bag!! (for icing or whatever!)

  • November 2, 2005 12:04pm

    1 – Teapot cover (couvre-theiere)
    2 – Cacao nibs
    3 – English Christmas Pudding in making
    4 – Sweetened condensed milk (lait concentre sucre)

  • becky
    November 2, 2005 2:13pm

    1. pudding bag
    2. ground cacao beans
    3. fruit cake
    4. lait concentre sucre

  • November 2, 2005 2:33pm

    Ok, a few of you got a couple right, but so far, no winners! So I may give you another hint shortly…

  • marion
    November 2, 2005 2:56pm

    1. une panetière ou une cloche à théière
    2. du cacao moulu
    3. des christmas cakes dans de grands carrés d’étamine
    4. un tube de lait concentré sucré

  • November 2, 2005 3:39pm

    1. It looks like a new pudding bag
    2. Ground chicory?
    3. Puddings (or fruitcakes) in aforementioned pudding bags
    4. Criminy, I was going to say a tube of glue, but a) that’s not culinary, and b) I can see the sucre on the label… so, I googled tube+sucre, and have come to the conclusion that it could be Nestle sweetened condensed milk. (Or, it could be glue stuffed into a tube of Nestle sweetened condensed milk.) Either way, I wish they had tubes of sweetened condensed milk here. I would carry one in my purse at all times!

  • simona
    November 2, 2005 6:12pm

    1. A bonnet for keeping the hair out of the pots?
    2/ Coarsely ground coffee beans
    3/fresh figs in mousseline tissue
    4/ sweet condensed milk

  • Laura
    November 2, 2005 6:17pm

    1.Is it a linen pouch for a bouquet garni?
    2. Just to be different and not say ground cacao, how about ground espresso beans?
    3. Could this be something rising…? Maybe a yeast roll with fruit (cinnamon rolls)…?
    4. And I would have to agree with Melissa, the sucre on the tube does make is seem like it should be sweetened condensed milk.

  • November 2, 2005 6:43pm

    1. Jelly bag
    2. ground cocoa nibs
    3. Looks like cheese cloth around oh, fruit cake?
    4. Almond syrup (just to be different).

    ooh I hope I win I hope I win

  • Karen
    November 2, 2005 7:51pm

    1. pudding bag
    2. ground coffee
    3. christmas cakes in pudding bag
    4. condensed milk in tube.

    *crossing my fingers*…

  • November 2, 2005 9:39pm

    1)Linen bag for fruitcake or fresh herb storage
    2)Unsweetened cocoa powder
    3)Fruitcake aging in rum or brandy and wrapped in cheesecloth
    4) Sweetened condensed milk (le lait concentré sucré)

  • November 2, 2005 10:14pm

    You know me: I love freebies and chocolate!
    1. pudding bag
    2. ground coffee beans
    3. cheesecloth around bumpy cheese
    4. sweetened condensed milk

  • Esther
    November 3, 2005 12:24am

    1. Salad spinner
    2. Ground chocolate for hot chocolate
    3. Christmas fruit cakes
    4. Condensed milk

  • November 3, 2005 3:42am

    can we do multiple guesses? (maybe should have waited for others to answer and pick up the clue… hmm…) ah well…

  • November 3, 2005 11:49am

    I think the first item is a pouch to put your “Boquet Garni” in.

    2. chocolate bits

    3. Fruitcake marinating

    4. condensed milk

  • becky
    November 3, 2005 1:00pm

    1. Boxty Bag
    2. Ground cocoa or espresso or oreos
    3. fruit cakes
    4. lait concentre sucre

  • Becky
    November 3, 2005 1:01pm

    1. Boxty bag
    2. Ground cocoa, espresso or oreos
    3. fruit cakes
    4. lait concentre sucre

  • Judith in Umbria
    November 3, 2005 1:36pm

    First is a sac poche here, or a pastry bag, or that’s what mine looks like anyway.
    Second is either coffee or chocolate beads.
    Third is a pudding bag for ripening Christmas cake.
    Fourth is sweetened condensed milk by the tube.

  • Judith in Umbria
    November 3, 2005 1:41pm

    I take back number one, cuz now I see there’s no hole. There’s no scale to go by, so maybe it’s for a bouquet garni? Or maybe it is like my bread bag.
    Whatcha, want the brand of coffee? Or is it Valrhona choc beads?
    Three is still fruit cake getting boozy.
    Four is still sweetened condensed milk in a tube.

  • Sil
    November 3, 2005 2:24pm

    1-No idea
    2-Some ground spice? pepper? maybe clove?
    3-Some cheese draining…gorgonzola or so…
    4-Condensed milk to be original =)

  • apple
    November 4, 2005 11:43am

    hi, i’m new to this. i love your chocolate desserts so i would like to give it my best shot.

    1. linen sack for making Kig ha Farz
    2. instant coffee
    3. ageing fruitcakes wrapped in cheese cloth
    4. condensed milk in a tube

  • November 4, 2005 4:47pm


    We have a winner! You’ve guessed three correctly. Will post the winning descriptions soon. Congratualtions!