Sunday Lunch in the village

There was a time when I thought Lunch at Ramon’s was long and tiring.. That was before we started living here. We just had the Spring Sunday Lunch in the village. I’m exhausted and I may never eat again. Never….. I was actually going to post a recipe – but the thought…. I just couldn’t … Continue reading…

Pork Chops with Maple Syrup and Mustard; the Hostess Gift

I could never find real (or fake) maple syrup in Andorra or Ireland. But I found it in France: Canadian Maple Syrup. I didn’t puzzle over it too much; I was just happy with my good fortune. Then, one year at a Christmas market, I saw a big pavilion featuring the foods and products of … Continue reading…

Stuffed Mini MeatLoaf; Horse, anyone?

I can’t buy ground veal or ground turkey or ground chicken here… And rarely see ground pork. Bulk sausage, yes, but not just ground pork. In Andorra I could find all of the above, as I’m sure you all can in the US. But not here. (Although current news shows are talking rather a lot … Continue reading…

Braised Chicken with Rice

Warning – disgusting country life bit after the recipe… Read at your own risk. I don’t have a slow-cooker – I did, a long, long time ago.   To be honest, I never could get into doing the prep before I left for work…. Plus I never wanted to eat the minute I walked in … Continue reading…

Wild Boar Stew, El Gordo

Everyone should have a good recipe for wild boar…. Shouldn’t they? It’s hunting season in the mountains (and everywhere else). Our friend doesn’t hunt but the locals in the village regularly bring him a leg of boar or haunch of venison. I bring him the celeriac whenever we visit…. For some reason, he can’t get … Continue reading…

Fried Gnocchi with Mushroom Sauce, The Dinner

Gnocchi, boiled first, then fried, get a wonderful, crunchy exterior and a light-as-a-feather interior. Here they are finished with a savory mushroom sauce. I used  a small number and served it for a first course, but you could easily double everything and have it as a side dish. Or triple (maybe not quite) and have … Continue reading…