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My must-eat mustard : MOUTARDE!

My dear, poor, non-French people

Please stop thinking that the yellow sauce that dares to call itself “French’s” is by any mean coming from my beloved country.

Oh que non!

My grand-father Robert, who loved mustard so much that he used it for cataplasm during the war, would have said that “the mustard comes to his nose” just thinking of it (la moutarde lui monte au nez, meaning getting very mad).
La vraie moutarde de Dijon is… from Dijon. And it has no sugar involved. NOT SWEET!

When I moved in LA, I’ve tried all the “French mustards” I  could, and after a lot of tries and fails (you guys have a strange definition of what a Dijon is: most are not made in Dijon, and even made in France! And the taste!)… I was sooooo happy to discover that the good, authentic, real Dijon “Moutarde Maille” was actually available at the next supermarket, Ralph’s.

Ca c’est de la moutarde : a real Dijon must be spicy, but simple, going straight to the point.

Maille mustard moutarde

Moutarde is really important in the French diet, as much as great bread.
You always have to have moutarde when you eat: no restaurant table with a small mustard pot!
You add it to a red meat, or a great grilled chicken, with boudin blanc, on a “Gratin dauphinois“, or with Boeuf Bourguignon...
And I use it a lot too in my recipes: for a spicy vinaigrette for example.


You can also find some Amora on Amazon, it’s also great. Otherwise, sorry, but it’s not the real thing.
Now there’s another mustard I adore… But it’s pretty rare, even in France.

La moutarde d’Orléans

It’s made in (old) Orleans, the city where I went to highschool.

Orleans is known for its vinegar: the ships coming from Bordeaux and Nantes to Paris by the Loire would stop there with half their wine turning into vinegar. They would turn the “bad” wine in delicisous vinegar, and after, mustard.

moutarde d'Orleans, Orleans mustard



I believe Martin Pouret is the last of the vinegar makers in Orleans… I don’t know if they ship overseas, but every time I have the opportunity, I buy some in France and get one or two bottle with me when I go back to the US (imagine my suitcases!).MIEL ET CHARDONNAY
The recipe was invented back in 1580, and has been “reinvented” by a very famous French chef: Alain Passard. If you have the great chance to eat at his Parisian restaurant, l’Arpege, you’ll find some moutarde d’Orleans. (And no meat, Alain Passard is the first vegetarian three Michelin stars chef).

I understand some Martin Pouret mustards can be found in the US, by contacting DeMedeci Imports.

Moutarde aux pointes d'ortie monoprix

When I lived in Paris, I also loved the Monoprix Gourmet mustards (the one in the picture is made with nettle leaves!). You can find them at any Monoprix in almost all French big towns.

Oh, and if you are in Paris or Dijon, visit the Maille stores!
They are very authentic looking, and have great products.


Bon appétit les amis!



PS: Best way to cook with mustard: la tarte à la moutarde, right here on the blog.


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8 Comments On This Topic
  1. Pam posted
    March 16, 2013 at 1:50 am

    I love the new website. Now you just need to post more videos :)
    What do you think about Trader Joe’s dijon mustard.? The jar says it is imported from Dijon, France.

    • Cecile Delarue posted
      March 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Merci Pam!
      Yes, working on new videos but in between launching the website and working on the documentaries I’m doing for French TV to “put butter in the spinash” (mettre du beurre dans les épinards, a French saying that means you work for money and a better way of life!) I sometimes get lost!
      I tasted the Whole grain Dijon Mustard at Trader Joe’s and was very disappointed because I had so may expectations seeing it was made in Dijon… There’s still this kind of sweet taste added that I don’t like, I suppose they add it to make it more “américain”, even if it not as strong as others… And to many grains too. But it’s better than the French’s!

  2. Alexandra posted
    April 9, 2013 at 6:01 am

    Hi Cécile,

    I’m French living in Tokyo so I understand the whole point about French Mustard!!! I only go with the Maille here as it’s difficult to find other brands unless I pack them in my suitcase ;-)

    I wanted to add another great mustard maker which is from the place I’m from (Limousin) The name is called the ” Moutardier du pape” literally translating to the mustard maker of the pope… They have a massive range of mustard (see there shop) but they are mostly famous for the moutarde violette (purple mustard) and the one with boletus (delicious). Here is the website, should you fancy a look at it ^_^
    By the way, the city (middle-age red town) is also a great place to see and eat (Yeah I know I’m advertising….sooorrry)

    Anyway, I like your blog and it is interesting, beautiful and I like your writing tone. It’s also great as we may move to the US possibly next year.
    I’ll ask my mom to buy me the 180°C magazine (can not wait for the pasteis!)

    PS: I’ll try the Orléans mustard as my uncle lives there, sounds delicious. Sorry for the long comment (not a comment anymore)

    • Cecile Delarue posted
      April 10, 2013 at 1:22 am

      Thank you so much! Merci Alexandra!
      Are you talking about Moutarde violette de Brive? I love it too… It’s been a long time since I tasted some, one of my best friend is from Correze and used to bring me some. Enjoy the japanese food, I love Tokyo!

  3. Cécile posted
    April 9, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Just love your French and Parfait site! Just lovely!

    • Cecile Delarue posted
      April 9, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      Merci beaucoup! So nice!

  4. Jeff Losfeld posted
    April 10, 2013 at 3:04 am
  5. Cecile Delarue posted
    April 11, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Love la moutarde violette too!

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