Creamy Cucumber Salad; Free Cars!

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 … Continue reading…

Spinach Salad with Chicken and Quinoa; Saturday Lunch

Spinach Salad with Quinoa It’s Saturday. Every Saturday, in the village of Sant Julià de Lòria, Andorra, there is a group of people meeting for lunch at El Principat, more familiarly know as Ramon’s It’s not a formal group.  Anyone can show up and be welcomed, anytime. There is only one rule: the gathering is … Continue reading…

Confit de Canard = Cassoulet Risotto; Duck Fat Rules!

 Step aside, Emeril. Pork fat does not rule. Duck fat rules. It also oozes and drips and runs; gets all over just about everything and causes copious amounts of drooling from the girls dogs. But it’s what’s under all the luscious duck fat that gets my little heart pumping.   Isn’t it strange?  Of all … Continue reading…

Spaghetti with Pesto Meatballs; Still Eating Horses….

Spaghetti with Pesto Meatballs How would you like your horse?  Medium rare? When we first moved to Ireland,  I remember there being a bit of a flap in England about joining the European Union and having to export their prized hunting stallions to France to be eaten. I don’t remember the particulars but do remember … Continue reading…

Ham and Green Bean Pasta Salad and Mountain Walks

Go directly to recipe This past week I’ve been sighing with envy as I read about the lovely walks in the mountains taken by Meredith of Poppy Fields and Ulrike of Kuchenlaten.  I miss my Monday Walks in Andorra. It was good exercise, a chance to catch up on the local gossip, solve the world’s … Continue reading…