Carrot and Ginger Soup; Making Lemonade — 12 Comments

  1. Incredible. It doesn’t seem to matter – new house old house building house – whatever, it’s the stuff you can’t know to ask that always catches you up.
    Why can’t people do what is suppose to happen?
    The soup looks good even for breakfast right now!

  2. o katie I feel for you. when it rains it pours doesn’t it. How much energy and money is lost with all this bureaucraty (I don’t know if that’s spelled correctly), crazy french people!!
    Wishing you strenght with all this… at least this soup is a heart strengthener 😉

  3. Suddenly, the fact that my bread didn’t turn out well tonight doesn’t matter as much. Poor you to not be able to move into your house!!! This sounds insanely frustrating.
    The only thing I can recommend is that you julienne some more ginger and fry it in olive or grapeseed oil until it is golden then scatter the julienned golden ginger pieces on top of the soup. (I learned about this technique from an ancient Gourmet magazine recipe for squash ginger soup)
    Whole sage leaves fried in butter til crispy are also wonderful….

  4. Oh my goodness I love your site. I wish I had all morning to read it. I started in 17 years ago with the French system when we decided to get married here. The woman at the mayor’s office laughed in my face and I went home and cried. But I got all the papers and I persisted and we got married in Calvi. And she gave me a beatiful bouquet of flowers.
    I wanted to strangle the notatry when we were selling our house. And I just know she enjoyed that fact. Bon courage. A bientot.

  5. Katie, I’d have torn all of my hair out by now. I’ve heard some tales of French real estate adventures from my sister-in-law, who bought a house near Penne about 12 or more years ago. What a nightmare that was! All I can say is, hang in there. And keep eating soup — it always seems to help.

  6. Hi, Tennen, when I get a proper internet connection I’ll be happy to check out your site…, Thanks for stopping and for the link!
    Tanna, what I should probably ask me, is why do I expect things to go smoothly?
    Lien, the French really do know how to complicate things with red tape.
    Elizabeth, I love fried sage – tossed with some pasta and olive oil… I’ll try the ginger, yum!
    Loulou, appearances are everything…
    Kim, thanks for visiting… I learned early on that the most important person to know is the mayor’s secretary… I hope our new one is nice!
    Val, it will be nice just to be able to start the work! Settled in will be awhile.
    Zoomie, merci beaucoup!
    Thanks, arfi.
    Lydia, I keep telling myself that a smooth purchase wouldn;t have given me anything to write about… Yeah, I keep telling me that!

  7. Quelle horreur indeed… Every time I get a dreamy look in my eyes in the French countryside when I see a for sale sign I am going to come back and read this post. Makes my little boiler issue look like a joke!
    I’m glad to see you still have your sense of humour… ish!