Sometimes it’s visible and goes in vast leaps.
Sometimes it’s hidden, buried underground, as it were.
The big story today is the windows.
We don’t have a lot of them, by American standards, but they are big, and, today, they are being replaced.
This is our kitchen window. Yes, only one; but it’s almost 7′ (2m) high by 3 1/2′ (1+m) wide
We have 2 just like it in the dining room and the living room (lounge).
They need rather big screws for these old houses.
As I type this they are chiseling away parts of the old frame to fit in our new door.
This is the old one – from the outside:
And the inside:
Yep, you guessed it: It’s 10′ high (3m).
Those are the windows leaning on the wall next to it. It will be nice to finally open all the shutters. The old windows didn’t close tight, so we were very ‘old French country‘ and kept our shutters tightly closed all winter.
Once the windows are in mon mari will no longer have an excuse to avoid plumbing the kitchen sink.
I had no idea how challenging it would be to cook without access to a sink. I’m organized now, and have a small basin of soapy water and a pitcher of clean water… Barely adequate.
Which I realize when it comes to doing things like draining pasta….
Or steamed veggies….
Nothing can finish off boring old steamed broccoli like a nice sprinkling of garlic chips!
Someone once accused me of posting recipes that were too simple….
But, if simple is this good, why not?
Broccoli with Garlic Chips
1/2 small broccoli
2 tbs olive oil
4 cloves garlic
a bit of sea salt
Cut broccoli into small florets and stems. Steam over boiling water for 8 – 10 minutes or until just done. Remove from pan and put into a serving dish.
While the broccoli steams: Slice garlic as thinly as you can. Put olive oil in a small frying pan and, over medium heat, fry garlic chips until brown and very crisp, about 10 minutes. Mind them so they don’t burn. Remove chips and drain on paper towels. Keep oil warm until needed.
To finish: Drizzle oil over the broccoli, sprinkle with garlic chips, a bit of salt, and serve.
Mon mari says I might have a kitchen counter to tile this week…
I hope he means my kitchen counter….