I have to admit, much as I may grumble about getting up in the middle of the night to throw another log on the fire, having a wood stove for heat is simple.
One opens the door, puts wood in, lights the wood and closes the door. Thereafter one merely adds the wood.
Too bad it won't heat the entire house.
For that we have to rely on the relatively new, top of the line, German-made boiler that the former owner put it.
It has a computer that controls everything.
Which means that one cannot get at anything to simply turn the bloody thing on.
Rather one has to program in all of life's little details:
- The temperature of the water circulating through the radiators
- The preferred daytime temperature of the house
- The preferred nighttime temperature of the house
- The outside temperature above which it won't run at all
- The hours, each day, that one would like it to run assuming that the outside temperature is cool enough. Apparently the computer doesn't realize that stone houses are very often much colder inside than the outside temperature would allow you to believe.
- And a whole bunch of other crap I don't understand at all but am expected to make a decision about.
It comes with an 'easy' 20 page instruction manual – in French.
That problem was easy to solve. I found it online and downloaded an English version.
I stupidly thought that I would understand the English version more easily than the French.
Some things are incomprehensible in any language.
Why, you may wonder, is it MY job to manage the boiler?
Because it has a computer – in French. Mon mari won't touch it.
The computer part that is. He'd happily take the whole thing apart and play with it… but, as I mentioned earlier, one can't get at anything!
So, we called the furnace guy.
He came yesterday, did all the stuff he's meant to do every year (?) gave me a fast lesson in faster French on how to program it and left.
It worked last night.
It was supposed to come on at 5:30 this morning.
Then it quit.
I spent the morning trying to make it work and kept getting 'Chauffage – error'.
I gave up and called.
Now I'm waiting. And I'm cold…. Very cold….
On the good news side – I found these mild (I'm a wimp, remember?) chili peppers at the market the other day. I used to buy them often in Andorra but have never seen them in France before.
Naturally, I bought them…. and immediately stuffed them with goat cheese.
2 long, green chili peppers, about 8" (20cm) long, 1 1/2 " – 2" in diameter at stem end (5cm)l
2.5oz (75gr) goat cheese (chevre) 1/2 of the square containers, Chevroux, Chavrie
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1/3 cup sliced green olives
1 tbs white wine
Slice one side of the chilies the long way so that you can open it, but do not cut through the other side. You want a 'pocket'. Remove seeds and membranes. Slice olives. In a medium bowl, combine chevre, wine, garlic, oregano and olives. Stuff the chili peppers with the chevre mixture and put in a baking dish just large enough to hold them, cover with a lid or foil and bake at 400F (200C) for 20 minutes.
To serve: Spoon some tomato sauce on each plate. Place the chili pepper on top and serve.
15oz whole tomatoes
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
Puree tomatoes. Put tomatoes, herbs in a small saucepan and heat. Keep warm until needed.