I know people have been wondering what I’ve been doing with my time whilst mon mari is recuperating in hospital.
When I’m not mowing and weeding and trimming and planting, that is.
Or driving to and from Bordeaux to visit his nibs.
I finished unpacking the kitchen boxes.
I put away the stemware. This cabinet will have glass doors and interior lights.
The cabinet with the natural wood shelves is open – no doors. A bit of a decorative touch.
It gets very dusty here, with the dogs, the farmers and it being a construction site and all.
It will be at least a month longer before mon mari is hanging doors – mainly because he has to make them first, right after he gets his strength back. (Can you hear the whip cracking?)
Because I am basically lazy, and hate to clean house, especially dusting, I made some curtains to keep the dust out of the lower cabinets until the doors are finished.
I call it ‘French Country’. The French would call it ‘English Cottage’.
Here is the whole view:
There’s even a comfy chair for man mari to sit in whilst contemplating how to finish the stove enclosure.
Now I have a question:
The debate has started.
Initially I wanted glossy white kitchen cabinets.
Mon mari wanted stained and varnished wood.
Mon mari always wants stained and varnished wood
Then, I agreed with him: stained and varnished it is.
The color would be the same as the ceiling, as well as the pantry, Welsh dresser and freestanding cupboard he built previously.
I can’t decide. | need help.
I actually planted 5 tomato plants about a month ago; just dug a trench along the fence and plopped them in.
That was before I knew I had moved to tomato heaven.
No matter, one can never have too many.
My favorite green grocer had Ananas tomatoes on offer the other day. I planted this plant but was unfamiliar with it.
I’m so glad I did. The color is gorgeous and the taste fantastic! Hardly looks like a tomato in the photo….
Salad with Tuna, Ananas Tomatoes and White Beans
9oz (270gr) tuna, drained
15oz, (450gr) white beans, rinsed and drained
2 eggs, hard cooked
2 ripe tomatoes
1oz (30gr) sharp white cheddar
lettuce for 2 large salads
2 tbs fresh, snipped chives
2 tbs fresh basil
1/3 – 1/2 cup Faux 1000 Island Dressing
Prepare lettuce and divide onto two plates. Arrange tuna and white beans on top of each plate of lettuce. Slice and quarter tomatoes, arrange around salads. Crumble cheese and sprinkle on top along with herbs. When eggs are done, peel, chop and add to salads. Drizzle with a bit of dressing and serve, remaining dressing on the side.
Faux 1000 Island Dressing
1/2 cup (5oz, 150ml) Greek or plain yogurt
1 1/2 tbs ketchup
1 tbs white Balsamic vinegar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbs olive oil – the good stuff
Combine all ingredients together with a whisk.
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