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Parmesan Puff Pastry Crisps; Where do Spiders come from? — 24 Comments

  1. Your stories crack me up everytime, you”re so funny. You really should be writing a book about all your funny adventures,I’d buy it at once! I’m sorry the spiders were not funny for you of course (secretly laughing behind my hand). It’s getting autumn, didn’t you know that spiders have licence to enter when autumn is starting…. they should have told you!

  2. They might have gotten flushed out of their comfy crevices during the process of packing… Those little Parmesan crisps look delectable. I am on a crisps restricted diet but love your beautiful photos.

  3. How I needed this one Katie – sorry it’s sort of at your expense with the spider thing. Lien’s right, they should have told you they’ve invited extra friends and family as they know you’ll be vacating the place soon ;))

  4. Wonderful writing, Katie – I second Lien’s suggestion that you compile them into a book about expat living – I’d be first in line to purchase a copy!

  5. Like several above, I really admire your ability to spin a good yarn out of everyday living — you do have a talent for writing.
    So, I haven’t kept up that much (at all) over the summer, but now I’m wondering if this means you’re down in the spectactular South by now?

  6. Oooooh how I missed you!!!!
    I would have pushed my luck for sure! Once I was in bed with my husband, not sleeping yet, and I heard a mosquito (he didn’t, he always has the hearphones on) and I had to turn the lights on, find the mosquito and smash it against the wall!!!
    Spiders are another story… I hate them! But wouldn’t fight against a giant one… my husband would!
    These little treats look wonderful to me! I like the sweet version more… too bad you ate them all already!

  7. It’s me again. Good lord!!!! I just saw the pictures of your new house… can say only one thing: you are an optimist!!! You’ve got tones of work there!!! How will you manage to cook meanwhile?
    It’s not that I don’t like the possibilities of the house and also the view is super… but, uf uf… I think that spiders might be even bigger here ;D

  8. You are so welcome. Graziana!
    You laugh, Lien… Just go ahead and laugh. I’ll find the head spider and send him to you!
    Lucy, I just hope they stay out of the packed boxes… I don’t need to take them with me! I should be on a crisp-restricted diet too, sigh….
    Tanna, glad to be of service… I’ll remember that next time~
    Zoomie, I’ll hold you to that…
    Poonam, it is that, and keeps well – before being baked, that is…
    Not until the 1st part of October, Betty, We leave here on the 2nd but are homeless for a week!
    Nuria, the extra glass of wine helped… And yes, we are optimists, and I don’t know where I’ll be cooking…maybe in the fireplace!
    Welcom back, I missed you, too ;-))

  9. Ooooh, cheesy palmiers! They look delicious. And you can slice your two tomatoes to go alongside. Some years the garden just gives you what it wants to — in this case, a message to start a new garden in your new house!

  10. Oh Katie
    I have goose bumps thinking of those creatures.
    I am OK about small spiders now I am grown up but big ones. Never. Actually my husband is not good either. usually a can of insect spray is used. Now a question I haven’t bought that Parmesan in a can for yonks Question Does it still smell like vomit?
    Those little pastries look delicious by the way. Vomit or not!!!

  11. I would not be able to sleep with those critters prowling around either! I love these, Parmesan and cinnamon two of my favorites. I would have to have both; savory with my meal and sweet ones for dessert!

  12. I was literally shuddering as I read you post! I don’t much like creepy-crawlies myself and if I bumped into one of those momma spiders like you did I think they’d hear my scream in the next town! Thank goodness for your mon mari!
    The parmesan crisps look wonderful though and got me over my shivering! 🙂

  13. I’d have eaten every last one of those too! Those look scrumptious! I’m soooo there with you about the darn spiders! They’re HUGE here too! And the centipedes, but it’s the spiders that give me the biggest willies because I have a totally irrational fear of them -I HATE them! I’d be outta that house too if I saw as many as you did in such a short time!!

  14. Lydia, I have hope – the area that we’re moving too grows prunes and tomatoes for all of France!… And nuts! (and Foie Gras)
    Gilli, actually, I can’t get the stuff in the can here…. But I can buy little bags of roughly grated stuff which is actually pretty good… I figured everyone would understand the reference to the green can, tho – rather than a freshly grated chunk!
    Pam, so…. I can’t send you ours???
    Reeni, I wonder if I could do a half & half?… Hmmmm
    Joey, I now walk into the bedroom all hunched over staring up… riduculous, but there have been 3 more… and there’s a huge centipede on the wall now, waiting for mon mari
    Joanna… NUTELLA!!! Why didn’t I think of that!!!!
    Michelle,I also have an irrational fear of them… stand and scream rather than brush them off… And I know about the spiders in Hawaii – I have an s-i-l and b-i-l living in Kona. That’s why I can’t live in the tropics!

  15. Good thing you’re moving out, because they’re moving in.
    I have the heebie jeebies just thinking about them above and in your bed. Berk!
    GREAT looking parmesan crisps. I probably would have eaten them all, too.

  16. That gave me shivers! No centipedes to be seen here yet (fortunately) but I have been seeing more spiders and earwigs. *shudder* I set the cats after the earwigs, then pitifully whine until my husband comes to kill the spider…like that wolf spider in the shower the other night. Eww Ewwww….good thing I hadn’t stepped in yet! Ever see those “silver fish”?? Probably just as bad as the centipedes.

  17. Loulou, yeah, going into the bedroom has been a very cautious affair for me lately… I kind of peak through the door first!
    Cymry, thank God we don’t have wold spiders! We had them in Minnesota. These have a large span but the bodies are … I won’t say small, but not huge and furry… Shudder!

  18. Oh, I’d forgotten the centipede episode but now I rememebr the Death Grip – ROTFLMAO!! I still don’t knwo how you survived… As for the spiders, this sounds a lot like South Africa where we had rough-plastered walls in our house and hence some gaps inj the wall/ceiling join that were not quite covered by the little bits of wood that served as cornicing. I would regularly see a these GIANT spiders crawling out of the ceilign and onto my bedroom wall – check them out:

    Needless to say, I would take my duvet and decamp to the guest room (where the walls wee smooth and the ceiling/wall seal was better!!) and spend the night there!
    Brrrrrr!!! On to more pleasant things – I am SO going to make these Parmesan crisps – thanks for the great and easy peasy idea 🙂