You all know that I rarely buy prepared foods.
You probably also know that I rarely buy steak for grilling here. While the flavor is excellent, it tends to be a bit tough.
But I do try to be accommodating… And it was mon mari’s birthday….
So I ordered steak through the ‘English’ shop which I was assured, was … Continue reading.....
Spring is here.
That means it’s almost time to switch to outdoor cooking.
Mon mari bought a new gas grill the other day so it’s starting to look serious.
That means I have to empty the freezer of ‘winter’ foods – like artichoke bottoms and peas.
I keep artichoke bottoms on hand to toss into tagines or risottos and peas … Continue reading.....
We use slices from the leg for dishes like this (also great for grilling in summer). They’re lean, meatier and cheaper than chops but are a nicer quality than the packages of lamb pieces for stews.
I buy bags of frozen artichoke bottoms, but plain, canned work as well, just rinse first.
Finally, I use a tagine, the heavy casserole … Continue reading.....
Mini Frittatas or egg cupcakes, if you prefer, are very versatile:
They can be eaten hot, warm or cold; with a fork or the fingers; seated at the table or wandering around a party.
They can be made ‘cupcake’ size, as the ones below are, or the smaller size which shall remain nameless.
They are great for picnics and any … Continue reading.....
Spring used to happen slowly.
One exchanged the winter coat for the spring coat for the summer jacket for no jacket.
The daffodils bloomed, then the hyacinths, then the tulips.
I went from the winter coat to mowing the lawn in shorts and t-shirt in three weeks.
The flowers all bloomed at once.
Is it any wonder that I feel … Continue reading.....
The 'A vegetables' have arrived.
Mon mari is an avid lover of the 'A's.
Three colors of asparagus; three kinds of artichokes and two kinds of avocados.
It's vegetable heaven.
Add in my favorite green garlic and it's a pretty intense veggie time.
(Not to be sacrilegious, but this is the second proof that god is not a woman: asparagus … Continue reading.....
I forgot to tell you what I did with the rest of the Roast Duck.
First let me tell you that mon mari est très heureux.
The sheet rock is up, the insulation is up, it’s staying warm…..
And he gets to start the part he likes best: finishing.
Last week he bought a trailer-load of ceiling boards.
Naturally, on … Continue reading.....
Last week I mentioned that I don’t see purple potatoes in my little area of France.
But, I do see purple artichokes and violet asparagus.
I bought this pretty bouquet of little artichokes the other day.
When we first moved to this side of the pond I was disappointed that the big, round, globe artichokes that I was accustomed … Continue reading.....