It is very very hot and humid. Everybody is moving around like limp fish. The horses are in permanent rest under the apple tree, the cats don’t lift an eyebrow when I walk past the them and even the chickens lay motionless in the shade of the hibiscus bush. I was busy, or trying to […]
Whether we love it or hate it, it needs to be done. Laundry. Washing. Some of us are lucky enough to just fill the laundry basket and someone else does the washing. And the ironing. Some of us do it all ourselves. I am one of those. Partly by choice and partly by force. Laundry […]
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 Vegetable par nandoo's kitchen : Idiyappam or string hoppers as I have already told you is a regular dish on my breakfast table. Back home it is usually served with potato stew or mixed vegetable stew. But I have tasted idiyappam with kurma in hotel saravana bhavan and loved it a lot....
There's no place like home..One thing I love about the holidays..is the nesting time at home..Even when I worked..I was always anxious for hours off when I would be home..To bake..to craft..to garden..And the holidays gave me more reasons to nest~It has not changed for me..Nesting is still my favorite part of the holidays..No parties for me please.Seein […]
We just finished charting the precise schedule of family visits for the holidays. They will come in waves like weather systems and just miss each other with their differing work and flight schedules. Some years are like that. So this year for us it is all about a candle in the window, and keeping the home fires burning for weary travelers. We will play Badg […]
we as mothers…as people within a world full of joy as well as evil…are ultimately in need of letting go what if you were to embrace life intimately…to engage yourself completely to this blessed world we live in recognizing this is the key to joy…most people think they are pretty good people…but that is because […]
It is once again time to link to Lizzie for our monthly catchup at strayed from the table.PlantingI planted my purple asparagus seeds and most of them came up, so now I just have to move them into bigger pots. I think they need to be more sturdy before I plant them into the ground. I have started some shrubs for my stepson and once I move them down to his g […]
I promised you a chocolate pound cake way back when I published this post and I'm a woman of my word. I don't want or need to say much today, because the pictures will do the talking for me. I will tell you this - it's a marvellous cake, even if you don't like Nutella (heresy I know, but they do actually exist, these deviants) and if you […]
This is a genius appetizer. Who doesn't love salty and sweet? I love Medjool dates and can always find ways to use them, besides just popping them in my mouth or mixing in with my yogurt. Trader Joe's sells a nice container of plump ones that are as good as any I have found. This recipe will not work well with regular California dates, because you […]
This is Jake. He is my morning alarm clock. Jake taps at my bedroom window to let me know that it is breakfast time for him. So, I load his feeder with whole peanuts and he is a happy Scrub Jay.Dear FriendsI know, I know, it has been a long, long time, but you all know what a hectic and joyous time of year this is. We had company for five days, cooked many m […]
I always think my anniversary is May 25th. The wedding was May 24th but that was the dice throw - not the destination. Everyday would begin May 25th. And the destination was life.It was "everyday" with Paul that I craved. The errands, the cleaning, the planning, the joining, the yearning and the growing.It isn't everyday that the azaleas are i […]
A cold wind was blowing from the north, and it made the trees rustle like living things.- George R.R. Martin, A Game of ThronesSo the winter comes where we belong I feel the cold within my heart I see the night deep in your eyes the winter comes at last...- Covenant, Winter Comes As Winterfell characters often remark in Game of Thrones: "winter is comin […]
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
Here is something to fulfill your cinnamon bun cravings! After all, it's the holidays and you'll have family and friends to help you eat it :) This cinnamon roll bundt cake would be a delicious addition to your Christmas breakfast or brunch! While searching online for cookbooks to give as gifts, I came across the Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cook […]
Seasons Greetings for 2013! We sincerely hope the end of 2013 finds all of you happy and healthy, enjoying the holidays in whatever way seems best for you. We will be spending time with our beloved Fairegarden clan with love … Continue reading →
It was pretty dark all day and it rained most of the time. Yuck. In attempt to make sure all the horses had shelter, Maggie and Angel were put back in the indoor/outdoor set-up and once again, Abbe wanted to know where they were and kept calling. Moon had her spot. I put the hay for Berlin and Abbe under the shed roof.Karen got her new wheels. What a great […]
Vous êtes nombreux à préparer déjà des petits gâteaux pour l'Aïd, qui va marquer la fin de ce mois sacré du Ramadhan. Chaque année, c'est le même rituel, pour le bonheur de tous. Il y a les gâteaux classiques et indispensables, mais aussi les nouveaux: inventés, améliorés...et innovés!! Chaque année de nouveaux "modèles" vont garnir nos t […]
“My tummy grumbles for that!” my youngest son said as he pointed to the jar of Granola I had made on whim the night before whilst he was tucked up in bed. There’s something nice about a big glass jar of granola sitting perched on the kitchen counter - don’t you think? I’m not sure what it is? It’s probably linked to my obsession with food and lifestyle mag […]
…some sort of fern. Nope, no idea what. Maybe something like a Blechnum. Maybe not. I was nosing around in Alison’s husband’s shade house the other day when I saw it. So…thank you all for playing along; wasp nest and … Continue reading →
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 […]
Fall is a season we can plan for, not necessarily planting and enjoying the color of flowers, however, there are many plants that put on a show in late summer and fall. I am suggesting by planning ahead with trees shrubbery and perennials, fall can be a beautiful burst of color before the snow rolls in! Dwarf Fothergilla Tor Spirea Ninebark Summer Win […]
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 […]
Bricks de légumes au curry, sauce yaourt aux herbes I got inspired by Indian samosas when I made those. I felt like eating something spicy, salty, but not greasy and since I bought a few brick packs when I was in France, with an expiration date coming close, I figured let’s make something that [...]
Only I can say when I saw this cherry desserts I loved!But I know someones dont find cherries, but Im sure this dessert would look wonderful with cranberries! Anyway you can garnish like you desire (frozen berries, cranberries, cherries tin or pomegranate seeds!)I hope have time to post other Christmas recipe, but I want whish to all of you a really Happy […]
People often ask me what Christmas traditions are like in South Africa – after all, we do have Christmas in midsummer rather than midwinter so you’d think that we might have come up with some radically different southern hemisphere Christmas traditions, right? Wrong! Christmas in sunny South Africa looks almost precisely like Christmas in the […] […]
Come December (in the Southern Hemisphere at least) people kick into overdrive with dieting and trying to get the ever elusive ‘bikini body’. This, in my books, has to be the most futile and impractical time of year to challenge oneself to such a feat. Tis’ the Season for goodness sake. We eat and drink [...]
When it comes to classic recipes, ones that I’ve never tried before, I sometimes get caught up in checking every possible source at my disposal for versions of the recipe in question. It’s a little crazy, but I have to know what all the options are. And, so it was with Linzer Cookies. I kept seeing them here and there and really wanted to try making them thi […]
An icon yet humble man laid to rest today. I salute you Nelson Mandela.....1918 - 2013 ( picture and quote from Google.)Let us pray that your legacy lives on in our beautiful country!Hamba Gahle ......go in peace tata.
Haricots Verts ~ Estilo Mexicano Tortillas Fritas, Huevos Duros, Piñones, Chiles de Arboles Sherry Dijon Vinaigrette Here's a New Year's resolution: Serve More Green Bean Dishes - especially the elegant French ones. We're keeping our... Read more
HI! I've been busy as you all have getting things ready for Christmas and or your holidays. Sadie as you can see is trying to relax. Ha ha. Yesterday I called her and she came!! Thru the woods with this bottle in her mouth, over logs, Sadie was a sight to see. She reminded me of an L.L.Bean commercial.. it always seems they have a lab or retriever in t […]
No es nada habitual encontrar en este blog recetas con arroz, con pasta, con patatas... Hace varios años que sigo una dieta muy baja en hidratos de carbono y aunque los cocino para mi familia no suelo hacer platos especiales ni recetas extraordinarias.Pero hace unas semanas, arreglando la despensa, vi que tenía un par de latas de confit de pato y me acordé d […]
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.
The 2013 edition of my monthly newsletter - TASTESMONTHLY is here. It's already been circulated to regular subscribers but if you'd like a copy (it's free) inbox me and I'll send it to you too.Happy Holidays!
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'm still working on getting back to my more regular posting routine, although not entirely there yet. I was lucky (sarcasm) enough to get a nasty case of shingles in my eye and the past three months have been a bit of a blur. Never had shingles or don't even know what it is? Run as fast as you can in the opposite direction or do whatever you c […]
So the second thing I am making this year for gifts is a Fig, Walnut and Fennel Roulade. I know this sounds like some weirdly flavoured swissiroll but it's actually something that you would serve with cheese - in the same way you might have quince paste.The recipe is from Feast magazine this month and was contributed by Matthew Evans. I followed his i […]
I have a few last minute book suggestions for gift giving or actually for gifting to yourself for Christmas or the new year. I’ve broken it down into categories – Fashion / Style, Food, and Decorating - my three main interests. Obviously I love food because of this blog. With regard to the fashion business, my first career centered around it, plus I’ve alway […]
In less than two month the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia will start. I had the chance to be at the last Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010. It was an amazing experience and I wish that everyone could go to the Olympics once in their life.In February we will be glued to the TV to watch hockey, luge, ski, figure skating, speed skating, just to name a […]
The pickings were slim at the market. I was going to be teaching a class where we just cook together through to lunch time, based on what I find. I dropped my son off at school and only had 45 minutes before class. I had to be quick. I walked the length of the market and reached the end. Nothing. Nothing looked fabulous this morning. There was a surge of som […]
‘I’m dreaming of a white Christmas“.. On a beau l’écouter en boucle chaque année à partir de la mi-décembre, on ne peut s’empêcher de rêver à ce fameux Noël blanc qui viendrait nous surprendre au réveil, une tasse de café encore brûlante entre les mains tandis que l’on regarderait, avec nos yeux émerveillés de grands […]