I haven’t done urban sketching for quite some time. Since we have arrived here at our farm, Coin Perdu, I have mainly been doing plein air painting in the countryside or food sketches, which go with my foodblog, Myfrenchkitchen. I also mainly work on watercolor blocks, because I use a lot of water and pigment […]
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 Venison par Neil Cooks Grigson : Venison is the most widely-eaten game meat, outselling all other game put together. Venison is deer meat and six species live in the UK: red, fallow, roe, muntjac, sika and the fanged Chinese water deer. They all have different hunting seasons . Deer are...
Years and years and years ago, on Gardenweb..a lovely lady named Annie shared her Habanero Gold Pepper Jelly recipe .I started making it then..and am still making it now.In fact I shared it here in July 2009..Faves never go out of style..It's actually in Bernardin's Home Canning Book too so I will send you there..this time to switch it up a bit~Her […]
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 […]
Oggi andiamo a Vicenza, Elisa ci aspetta nella sua cucina ! La blogger di questa settimana è un architetto o meglio una Home relookers, praticamente rifà il look alle case con interventi semplici ed economici, secondo me è un lavoro bellissimo che aiuta chi ama la propria casa a dare nuova vita agli spazi ...Elisa però è anche un'appassionata foodblogge […]
Once again another month has rolled by and it is time to link up with Lizzie at Strayed from the Table our monthly collective where we share what has happened in our gardens for the last month and what we hope to be working on for the next month. Wrapping up June and heading into July.Last month I wanted to work on:harvesting some food from the garden. Ho […]
Today is 2 for 1 day. I had 1 lonely Italian eggplant in the fridge that was past its prime, so before it was time for tossing, I decided to make a rollatine. No ricotta or mozzarella today, but a healthy quinoa stuffing instead. I liked the stuffing so much, that I made extra so I could eat it as a main dish salad. Two recipes in one day! Grilled Eggplant Q […]
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 […]
- Tight Little Packets -This picture was submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook". This week it is hosted by Aparna AT "Stories from the Mahe Coast" (click here in order to see who is hosting the next roundup).
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 […]
Check out the pond. Should not be there tomorrow. After chores I had a very busy morning. Picked a ton of flowers from our gardens to take over to our friend Louise. Also grabbed a mango smoothie for her at Wegmans . Took a few shots at the Welcome Center on my way over to Sally's. Lots of activity today. Frequently long distance bikers camp out on t […]
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 [...]
Sometimes a post is something special, do not know why, maybe the love with we do, the mood, I do not, but when I take the photos that will be something special and I always hope I can show this. Of course I speak from what is a blog of recipes, but each recipe is just like choosing a dress, a perfume that is the best and you want look beautiful and this […]
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 […]
I remember when it was announced that the next host nation for the FIFA World Cup was to be Brazil. On the faces of my Brazilian friends I saw the same eye-rolling mixture of boredom and scepticism that my own face had adopted when it was announced that South Africa was to host the 2010 FIFA […]
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 […]
This is a great recipe - producing a moist, no-nonsense quick bread, without the need for mixers and such. Bake it up early in the morning or in the evening when it gets cooler during the hot summer months.
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 […]