I grew up in Grenoble, the walnut capital of the world. In the country side around the city, there are acres and acres of walnut trees, and one can tell easily that they are walnut trees, because their shade is so thick that nothing grows under, hence the beautiful golden brown soil raked in a very symmetrical fashion below the trees. The walnuts are exported everywhere, and eaten as nuts, made into oil, liqueurs, candy, etc…
So there I am in the local supermarket, gathering ingredients meeting the 100 mile rule, and when I saw a bag of “Noix de Grenoble” I thought that by a long stretch of imagination, I could qualify this purchase since it was a product of my home town.
I quickly proceeded to turn those walnuts into yummy squares, by melting together in the microwave 3/4 cup of honey, 50 gr of bitter chocolate, 1/8 cup butter. I added one and a half cup of chopped walnuts and two sprinkles of cinnamon, poured the mix over a pastry dough and baked at 325 for 20 minutes in a square pan. Then, cool down, and cut in squares. Almost a healthy treat!
Now, I am putting the stuff away and read the labels on the “Noix de Grenoble” packaging. To my absolute horror, it says “Product of the USA”. So much for my comfort food, I have been cheated and deceived by Uncle Sam, the US now grows “Noix de Grenoble” in California. Yes, this is totally Hollywood style, I am calling the Governor. 1 (213)…….