When I was a little girl, hot summers in New Orleans always signified outdoor seafood boils and fresh cold watermelon. My grandmother used to take the salt shaker and lavishly sprinkle her wedge of melon. As a child, I found this cruel and unusual. That was before I got to France and discovered fleur de sel from Normandie. Now I have an entire collection of salts. I even carry a small stash with me in case of emergency situations (bland grits or unsalted butter at a restaurant). Grammy would be proud.
Fleur de sel a la vanille is one of my favorite purchases from La Grande Epicerie du Bon Marche.
Don’t be fooled by the Mexican vanilla salts. I tried a few from amazon gourmet and I couldn’t get past the heavy perfume. You can make your own vanilla salt by scraping a good, moist vanilla bean into your favorite salt.
I love this vanilla fleur de sel on thinly sliced raw fish, roasted fish, green tomato tarte Tatin, caramel ice cream, roasted fruit, or licked from the palm of my hand…