"Terrine is part of the charcuterie family and a very important part of French custom," says France-Soir chef Jean-Paul Prunetti. "Every farm had their own recipes and made charcuterie every time a pig was butchered. Farmers would come to the market to sell their charcuterie alongside butchers and other vendors. If you didn't buy it at the market, you would buy your charcuterie from a triperie - a specialty shop that's very rare today - in which the butcher specialises in only pork products. Growing up, terrine was not something we ate very much, but as soon as I started working in the industry, I saw terrine of all shapes, sizes and parfum everywhere. It was and still is one of the most basic bistro menu items. Terrine was de rigueur - everyone served it. Early on it was placed on the bar or on a little chariot with a huge variety of other charcuterie, served always with cornichons and baskets of crusty baguette, often served with first drinks, a slice shared between friends, or eaten mid-morning with a little red wine. In France, particularly in the countryside, for breakfast we would have a coffee with maybe some fresh bread and then go out for a few hours to work on the farm or go to the market, then come back for a little slice of terrine and nip of wine at 10am - lunch was never before 1pm." Start this recipe two days ahead to marinate the meats.
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