France has issued many stamps on food (not foodstamps!) on her own gastronomy for quite some time.
A new series will be issued on April 25th and wil be printed in the form of mini-sheets dedicated to a particular region with stamps, pics and explanations.
With the sixteenthth of these sheets I’d like to introduce is Nord-Pas de Calais.
“Nord” stands for the Northern part of France south of Belgium and “Pas de Calais” is the coastline directly facing Dover, England.
The last possession of our English cousins at the end of the 100 Years War, it is both a rich agricultural and industrial region.
The culinary specialies featured here are:
-Maroilles, one of its most famous cheeses.
-Betises de Cambrai/Cambrai’s stupidities, probably the most renown French bonbon/sweet!
-Cickory, used instead of coffee or tea even now!
The sea and the coastline provide for many varieties of fish and shellfish, notably mussles (also featured on this sheet!) whose recipes we copied from our Belgian neighbours (including frites/fried potatoes!).
In winter, visit the numerous harbours, castles and farmsteads. In summer join the British on the beaches!