I am a lazy person. There you have it. My biggest secret revealed. If I don’t have deadlines and projects and goals, I fall in a slumber of doing less and less and less until I start enjoying doing less. In summer that can happen very easily with the holidays and lazy summer days, lingering […]
The big problem with draft horses roaming free in the pastures is that they get very dirty in winter. and of course they hate being closed up. Living on hills don’t make it any easier. So we keep them in a smaller camp, both for their own sake and for the fields’ sake. But with […]
People: There are all sorts of people in our lives. Like a packet of all sorts candy. Some are soft and sweet, others are chewy and after chewing, they stick unpleasantly to your teeth. Some are bitter and you spit them out immediately. Some you have tasted before and you know and you know you […]
Recette de Puerto Rican par I just want to eat!I : Astoria surely has some great gems that should not be ignored, and Don Coqui, a Puerto Rican restaurant is one of them. I discovered it last Sunday when we went for a tasting for dinner. This huge place is a restaurant and lounge with multiple rooms: A...
Frédérick~ "Fred"~ One of our dear son-in-laws~His bunnies..his chicks..his eggplant..s..His serving tray he made for me♥Lucky us to have 2 terrific son-in-laws.I know.. un petit jackpot.Kind,helpful.resourceful.Alain helped Jacques build our deck..fell trees..may help us with a chicken coop..if we go ahead with the idea of having a Bécassine and […]
The lovely Biltmore Hotel in The City Beautiful, as Coral Gables, Florida is fondly called, is a prominent national historic landmark. It is not hard to spot the imposing tower of the hotel which was inspired by the Giralda Tower … Continue reading →
I did not plan the POMP & CIRCUMSTANCE I normally do. Good thing as it hailed early in the morning and then we had a few rain drops…….. But by the time I was swept away to head north to ... continue reading »
We have a family reunion coming up next week. For some time now I've been thinking of the old nursery and needing to find more room. The youngest "babies" are now five years old, and the beautiful oak crib has fulfilled its reason for being.For a while now it's been the dolly space, the domain of stuffed rabbits and bears, and a landing f […]
In questa pazza estate (estate ?) riuscire a mangiare all'aperto dall'antipasto al dolce può essere una vera e propria sfida contro il tempo inclemente ......Sono riuscita a vincerla il giorno che ho scelto di pranzare alla Taverna Porto romanticamente ubicata nella baietta di Salvore, località istriana molto amata dai triestini.Oltrepassato […]
Buckle your seatbelts, because you are going for a dessert ride today. I have been obsessed lately with making homemade ice-cream. I recently saw a recipe for fior di latte gelato on Julie's site, and I immediately purchased my first ice-cream maker on amazon. Yes, it's much easier to buy ice-cream at the grocery store, but it tastes SO MUCH BETTER […]
Getting ready to preserve the Concord grapes. I separate them from the stem, rinse them in cold water, and let them dry. Next thing I am tackling is preserving grape leaves for dolmas and other things.Dear Friends,Oh those sleepless nights... what good can come of them? Plenty! It is my time to sit in the kitchen rocker, find a great recipe, sip some tea, th […]
I threw out a lot of butter. You know how you sometimes need to soften the butter before baking? I would put it in a covered butter dish, lay a dishtowel over it and then put bowls and pots around the edges. Then I would get distracted and return to the kitchen to see an impossibly furry tail under the dish towel and the sounds of happy lip-smacking.I'd […]
It's been quite a while since my last post. Life certainly got busy for me over the last year. We became three! With more time in London and less in Segur, our little retreat is now available for rent when we are not in Segur. You can find details on AirBNB Ancient House in Medieval VillageBook OnlineFind a place to stay in Ségur-le-Château
We've had a couple of warm days, but last night another cold front moved in, dropping temperatures to below freezing again. I've been checking on my potted Echeverias, moving them from under cover to protected sunny spots in the garden and hope this cold spell doesn't adversely affect them. Most of the beds have been cleared of debris and dead […]
Here is a delicious recipe from our recent gourmet group dinner that we hosted last month and one that I really want to share with you as garden-fresh tomato season is upon us. It had been assigned to another couple to bring to our dinner in June and was served as the starter course. I have since made it twice for my husband and myself - once in individual 4 […]
After chores I hot footed it down to Agape for a workout. First time there this week...not good. Then I got this brilliant idea that I should get a three wheeler so I can get more active in the bike riding department. I've been gun shy about using my Raleigh as that darn (replacement) knee has not gotten over the hump and I can't afford to take […]
Que cette nouvelle année 2014 vous soit aussi douce et sucrée que cette tarte aux pommes!! Les choses les plus simples sont les meilleures!! J'y crois, je l'applique et je me régale!1 abaisse de pâte feuilletéeQuelques pommes De la compote de pommesDu beurreSucre glaceConfiture d'abricot pour faire brillerÉtaler la pâte feuilletée sur 3 mm d […]
Updated to add Jane’s link http://flwrjane-smallbutcharming.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/flowers-in-house-of-soccer-june-2014.html Clock on steroids.Again!. Just when I think I can see through a gap in the mountain of work….C’est la vie But, I am ready for Jane’s floriforous frolic! Actually, I scooped some beautiful … Continue reading →
Weber Baby Q is just the right grill for taking to the game, and of course, a picnic or camping. It gets up to temperature fast and cooks evenly.The grill weighs in at 29 pounds. This means it won't just blow with in a wind storm. The Weber Baby Q is designed to sit on a table top, but a stand is also available.The Weber is cast aluminum and has 189 squ […]
With Facebook, Pinterest, Instragram, etc...I find it difficult to also Blog! If anyone is still following, I wish you a Merry Christmas ~ all things Merry and Bright and a New Year full of Comfort and Joy.
June 2013 has not been very favourable as far as weather is concerned. We are officially ,"summer", but the weather runs hot and cold with mostly cloudy ,rainy days. When the sun shines, we all run to our BBQ's and keep our fingers crossed that we can get our meal done before the rain begins.So what Do you make to eat on those days when it is […]
I try to make a yearly summer visit to my brother's and sister-in-law's garden which has a main feature, "the pond." It is a little less clear this year, and we are not sure if the cold winter was the cause. This is a concrete in-ground pond constructed in the 1930's. You can see asters in the front (not blooming) and Persicaria Po […]
It's been a crazy time. We've been searching for a new receptionist at the clinic, and I seem to be the most computer savvy of the group. Scary, that. But anyway, it falls to me to put the ad in craigslist. A simple part time receptionist job, paying a mere $10 per hour, and I got over 200 responses the first day. After plowing through the first 30 […]
Petit-déjeûner et déjeûner – Puddng de graines de chia à la noix de coco, pistaches et bananes Since chia is all over the place, and that everyone is talking about it in the nutrition world as a miracle little seed, I decided to try it out too. I used to sprinkle it on top of yogurt or fruits, but [...]
Was a cloudy day today (still we are in winter) and yes I can heard some of you say what? well when you are in summer (North) here we are in winter (south).But the times goes fast and my friend Betsy said me the days are like autumn(she lives in Ohio) so would begin the spring here soon.(You can visit Betsy she is an awesome lady with beauty pics and a l […]
I love Ottolenghi's food. If I am not cooking Indian, the style of his vegetarian dishes is compatible with my style. For a few holidays, I stayed just down the road from his Islington cafe/restaurant, and oh boy the food was good. Recently I was driven to make his Surprise Tatin, which is an upside down potato tart. I have to admit that it is both tast […]
One of the most often-quoted bits of linguistic trivia is the fact that the Inuit peoples have more words for snow that any other language – somewhere between 50 and 100, depending on which languages you include in your survey (to be fair, these words refer to both ice and snow!). At the other extreme, […]
With the Winter Reaper knocking on our door, and Summer breathing her last breaths – we have a lovely little grace period called Autumn. This is my absolute favorite time of year, not only because I can now finally cover up – but so can the rest of the cut-off wearing, mid-riff bearing beautiful population [...]
I have to admit, I’d never thought about how versatile meringues are. When I received a review copy of the book Meringue Girls, I wondered: how many different recipes could there really be? It turns out, there are several. And, all of them are irresistibly pretty. The Meringue Girls, Alex Hoffler and Stacey O’Gorman, created a London-based shop that supplies […]
This has been quite a year and we are only half way through!Our youngest, Jarryd, celebrated his 21st in true "boy" style ...THE BEER OLYMPICS...and a fiesta was had by all!After a lot of consideration, we decided that no venue would lend itself to his party, so once again....I was suckered into arranging it in our garden....A Bedouin tent was erec […]
Korean Soju Kimbap Bloody Mary A Unique Bloody Mary Blend of Soju and Vegetable Juice Soy Sauce, Fish Sauce, Rice Vinegar, Gochugaru Garnished with Kimbap, Pickled Yellow Radish, Tomato Celery Stalk with Roasted Seaweed It's late in the... Read more
HI! Sorry I haven't been on my blog lately. I've missed everyone. I've had computer trouble as you know. We had to get a new computer and I'm getting used to it slowly. We went to Rodanthe,NC for a week with the family which was great. I painted each day on the beach. So beautiful there, miss hearing the waves and smelling the salt water. […]
Ayer pasamos el día en Oxford, una ciudad que me apasiona. Su atmosfera es especial, y en los días de verano, a pesar de los miles de turistas que colapsan sus calles, tiene un color particularmente bonito. Llegamos a casa agotados, pero a pesar de eso preparamos una barbacoa para cenar y disfrutar del jardín, ahora que las temperaturas lo permiten.Preparam […]
Morning Call20x16 Oil/CanvasSoldMorning Call was loosely inspired by my lovely bantam rooster Vincent who, in real life, has an interesting shock of orange feathers on either side of his comb reminiscent of the pageboy type hairstyle worn by a young Vincent Van Gogh. His hearty crow announces each new day.
Preparing yummilicious food really IS child's play... you don't believe me? It's just about recognising where you stand in the list of skilled pastry chefs... no use working with a Pierre Herme recipe when really, your experience doesn't extend beyond...
I've been accused of watching way too much CNN and these days it's pretty hard not to stay informed. I won't get political other than to say that the loss of so many innocent lives is beyond horrific. It doesn't matter where this happens, whether it's a downed plane, a war in the middle east or the kidnapping of innocent children, […]
This orzo salad makes enough to feed a crowd and is perfect for entertaining because it can be made ahead and served at room temperature. For a more substantial meal, add some chopped grilled chicken breasts. I’ve come to love orzo because it cooks so much faster than rice and has a softer, creamier texture.I don’t know about you, but I’m always a bit stymie […]
These crostinis are toasted with the lightness of extra virgin olive oil and then smeared with a dollop of soft and creamy ricotta cheese. Nestled on top of that ricotta are a couple of sweet red grapes and buttery delicate flavors from toasted pine nuts. It's good eats with a glass of a crisp white wine!
I like to clean up my fridge once a week. You never know what you will find behind your juice or your milk. Then I make a big salad. I call it: Dump Salad. You simply dump everything that you find in the fridge in a bowl. For this healthy salad, I had kale, lettuce, fennel, cucumber, green onions and mangoes in the fridge that needed to be eaten right away. […]
INTERPRÉTATION. Partir d’un principe, d’une forme puis laisser l’esprit vagabonder au gré de l’imagination, cogiter doucement, nourrir les idées avec l’espace nécessaire à leur développement puis donner enfin naissance à une nouvelle version, une nouvelle oeuvre, et sublimer ainsi la création originelle. Tel est le processus de ‘interprétation’, ou celui que […]