Olive and Shallot Relish
How many olive trees are there in Spain?
Rumor has it that the actual number is a bit less than the official number.
The story goes that when the Powers That Be came to the south of Spain to offer financial aid and general assistance to the olive growers, they first needed to determine how many …
Vitamins are heavy.
Well, not all of them; Vitamin E is pretty light.
120 tablets of Calcium, on the other hand, weighs 8oz (240gr).
220 tablets of a Multi-Vitamin (with Lycopene) weighs 12oz (350gr).
How do I know this?
Duh! I weighed them!
WHY do I know this?
Because I carry them back with me from the US. With all …
When we moved to Ireland from the U.S.
we I packed our airline tickets.
Determined to have a smoother, calmer, move from Ireland to Andorra I tried to think of all contingencies.
Once again, our stuff was going in a large container by boat.
Once again, we were going by plane and would be homeless for awhile.…
Barley with Chives
Why do I have such a hard time getting rid of stuff?
I've been cleaning my office; attempting to downsize (I rather hate that word, but it's useful).
In the past 12 years we have moved from just outside Minneapolis to the city, then to Ireland, Andorra, the Vendée, and we are now packing to move to …
Creamy Cucumber Salad
I think I'd like to be a philanthropist when I grow up.
I used to want to be a paleontologist, but a philanthropist sounds like a lot more fun… And much cleaner.
Now, if I could only get someone (Bill Gates, perhaps?) to give me a few million dollars I could get right at it.
Giving stuff …
Chicken and Vegetable Salad with Hummus Dressing
In French, one’s in-laws are called ‘belle-famille’.
Sister-in-law is ‘belle-soeur’; brother-in-law is ‘beau-frère’.
Mother-in-law is ‘belle-mère’; father-in-law beau-père.
Belle/beau means beautiful, lovely or handsome.
The same words are used, in extended families, to refer to a stepmother, stepfather, etc.
Wouldn’t you rather be referred to as a belle-mère than a stepmother? (Maybe they …
Gas or Electric?
It was really, really close but gas hob with electric oven won by 18 votes.
Induction got 1 vote.
Electric trailed induction by a wide margin.
The reason I like best came from another expat living in France:
When the power goes out one can still eat – using the gas cook top (hob).
When you forget …
Differences to note between the U.S. and France if/when you decide to buy here (or most European countries):
US: Old is 50 years; new is 5 years or less.
France: Old is 300 years; new is 50 years or less.
US: Central heating means (normally) forced air through ducts, which allows you to also have central air conditioning.
France: Central …