Without planning it, these experiments have turned into a series. As it is raining constantly outside, I have to dine my subjects inside. I started off with clementines(see post here) and today I grabbed the bunch of dried Espelette chillies hanging next to the stove. …Espelette chillies in charcoal and sanguine, 50x 65cm… I started […]
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 Candy Bar par in Via delle Rose : Questi quedrotti sono i fratelli dei brownies, infatti si chiamano blondies poiché nell’impasto base non c’é il cioccolato. Sono pero’, come la gran parte dei dolci americani, ricchi di burro. Sono molto semplici da fare e farli molto spesso ormai é una...
That you might enjoy doing..It could help get you started on mixed media projectsI plan on giving this one to the girl who manages a lovely beachside resort..she keeps many beachy things in her office..I didn't have the right kind of gauze..nor very many of the exact products ..It was spur of the moment..but it was doableI had a small 4x6 artist's […]
St. Patrick’s Day, When Everyone’s Irish. Whether you live in Ireland, known fondly as the Emerald Isle, are of Irish heritage or just want to be Irish for a day, you may be planning to go to a pub on St. … Continue reading →
It's the simplest of things that can bring joy. The sun finally showing through. A fruit tree coming into bloom. A memory from a younger spring.The simplest of objects can give me a lift too, such as an old wire basket like this one. It's meant for lifting fruit jars from the canning pot when they are done with their boiling water bath. One of the […]
That wasn’t so bad was it? Ash Wednesday?? Well, to be honest, it was a tough day for me. For many reasons. This move to the west is our life right now. What I am finding, is that keeping an open mind and a confident spirit will get me through this. Jason and I have, […]
The herb spiral is an area that I think of as a separate entitiy, rather than just tagged onto the side of the veggie garden. On my big shopping expedition I discovered some lovely little herb pots. Two of my stepsons are forever asking me for herbs, and I give them little pots of basil, or parsley, and then when I ask how they are doing I am told of disas […]
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 […]
To chase away the winter blahs, we attended 2 special Italian wine tastings in NYC this past weekend. The first one was a tasting of special bio-dynamic (organic) Italian wines from the Trieste region, Skerk wines. Hosted at Anfora in the West Village, Joey Campanale's hot spot for bio-dynamic wines from around the world. Trieste is very close to the bo […]
Delacorte Press/Penguin Random HouseMy first novel (middle grade, ages 9 to 13) is due out November 11, 2014I still can't believe it!Sneak preview of the back cover. This will be out in hardcover.Do I look dazed? Well, I am. I can't believe that my new book is a work of fiction.Dear Friends,Ok, I know what you're thinking after reading the tit […]
So this is where I am. But it's not an excuse for lack of posting. It's my daughter's wedding and I am mainly showing up where and when she needs me. She sometimes calls and asks questions or sends me a photo of something - which is sweet of her - but she has her own style and the day belongs to Kirsten and Devon. The gown is vintage, her bouq […]
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
This month is ordinary magic. And rain... Working in the garden brings so much peace...So wet, so much rain...Soaked to the core...Holding on to every drop ...Arums just love all the rain ...Water brings new life...Life-giving water...blue sky at dawn, blue sky all day long, that's what I'm hoping for today....
St. Patrick's Day is next week so time to start getting your Green on! If you'd like to try an Irish dish that's easy to make and delicious while there is still a chill in the air, try Colcannon soup. Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish made from potatoes and cabbage or kale with milk, cream or butter added. It may also contain other ingred […]
The sun came out big time, but with the windchill it was below 0.Last night it looked like this at 1:30am. By 6am we were shoveling. Gary and I cleared this whole section of the driveway so we could get a car out and Karen would have a place to park this morning. The snow was very deep but we managed. We were very lucky to have Scott show up to plow the re […]
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 […]
Despite being , technically, ahead of Jane on this side of the IDL, I always seem to miss posting for this. And I’m only just squeaking in this time (see previous post about the rain)! But, here we go and … Continue reading →
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 have collected McCoy pottery for many years and use the vases and containers throughout my home. It is whimsical, in many colors, and has been priced well so that most people can afford to acquire some pieces. In my home, you would never know I was a collector since I have it spread throughout. Country Gardens magazine (January 2014) gave me a new inspir […]
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 […]
Im home again , and the other day I find I have a lot of frozen blueberries (from this summer). Here the summer is really hot (in Santiago) so If you find blueberries the best is freeze them.Anyway I always freeze berries in the summer.This récipe is like Ice cream and yumm!Ingredients8 to 10 mini cheescake(all depends on the size of the mold to be used […]
There is nothing like a good piece of cheese, and I can often be seen with a slab of great cheese, some crackers, sliced tiny tomatoes, a few greens and a huge smile on my face. Bocconcini or any other form of soft mozzarella works just as well, with a drizzle of pomegranate syrup over the top. Here is some cheesey inspiration for you this morning. Continue […]
With the past week of severe heat waves here in the Cape, I was struggling to find inspiration from any kind of food stuff that would snap me out of my Christ the Redeemer pose in front of the fan, and into a Nigella-esque one over the stove – especially with my kitchen hitting a [...]
I love looking at photos of beautifully presented food and learning a chef's interesting techniques no matter how complicated, but beyond all of that, it was an absolute joy to spend time with Daniel Boulud’s latest book. The book is Daniel: My French Cuisine, and I received a review copy. This is a big, heavy, serious-looking book with serious-looking […]
Hello everyone.....I have missed my spot here for a while....Our December started off with my dearest Jozi children arriving for an extended weekend before they set off on their own travels.... just saying goodbye to them on the Monday saw the arrival of one of my closest friends from Australia and her 2 precious children (my Godchildren)No time for elabora […]
Korean Mixed Cold Noodles with Crab & Asparagus (Bibim Naengmyeon) As the weather warms, we're looking forward to cooler dishes. Bibim naengmyeon is a Korean spicy cold buckwheat noodle dish typically served with cucumber, radish, and hard... Read more
Colors of Spring and Spring, both original watercolor,ready to roll.Colors of SpringSpringFinished. a sigh of relief.. Thank goodness. I've finished the framing too. I framed as dear Sadie stuffed her chewy into my lap. So I'm ready for that show.. I have to deliver them Friday(tomorrow)morning to the Red Queen Gallery in Onancock.I will start anot […]
El pasado fin de semana tuvimos en Valencia el I Encuentro Gastro Blogger Valencia (el que os explicaba AQUÍ). El sábado fue un día estupendo. Visitas, degustaciones, maridaje... muchas risas, largas conversaciones... Todos los participantes disfrutamos muchísimo de la jornada, y fue maravilloso poder conocer las caras que hay detrás de muchos blogs conocido […]
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...
The health benefit of cabbage is not a new and trendy story. A natural antioxidant and anti inflammatory, it's right up there on the "what to cook for baba" hit parade. You can, if you're interest read more about the good stuff cabbage has to offer here.East Europeans have always had cabbage, both green and red as a staple in their diet […]
I haven't really spoken about my faith on this blog but I am a Christian and more specifically, I attend a Lutheran Church.I am currently reading a book by Courtney Joseph called "Women Living Well" - and I am finding it very insightful and helpful to me in my struggle to find time in my day for spiritual study.Early on in the book, Courtney s […]
This chicken is called Jeweler’s chicken, not just because it’s so rich, but because of the beautiful ruby-garnet color of the pomegranate seeds. I made a similar chicken dish recently – Pomegranate Glazed Chicken, seen here.I found this recipe came in a marvelous French cookbook Chez Bonne Femme by Wini Moranville. Wini also shares some of recipes on her we […]
This week I baked this Blueberry Maple Syrup Cake, using Gay Lea Foods products. I can relate to their story because I was born and raised on a farm. When my father became a proud owner of his farm, for the first two years, we had cows. He then decided that our farm would become a pig farm, but my neighbours still had cows. When I go back to my hometown I am […]
FAIM. Une fois n’est pas coutume, ce blog accueille l’espace de quelques jours l’opportunité de remporter des Pass 3 Jours pour participer au Festival Omnivore. Une fois n’est pas coutume car cet espace est très rarement utilisé pour être une plateforme de concours quel qu’il soit. Mais puisque chaque règle vaut son pesant d’exceptions, pourquoi […] […]