I have had a bad habit my entire life (okay, maybe more than one).
If I see something that is hard to find I buy it, then don’t use it. I ‘save’ it because I may never find it again.
Which action defeats the entire purpose of buying it in the first place.
I am trying to rehabilitate myself.
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I always buy at least two things in Spain: olive oil and sherry.
We can’t get sherry in France and olive oil is only available in small bottles. In Spain I buy 3 or 5 liter cans.
I also buy other stuff if I have the chance: jars of white asparagus and pimientos, anchovy stuffed olives, Spanish wine.
It all … Continue reading.....
These are easy to make: slice a pocket, fill and tie.
I cooked them in a skillet rather than the oven as I wanted the ham to get a bit crispy.
Being efficient, (and kind to mon mari who does the dishes) I made the sauce in the same skillet when the chicken breasts were almost done.
Try not to … Continue reading.....
The garden has been closed for winter.
The last of the tomatoes made one more batch of soup and the last of the squashes were picked and laid in the sun to cure.
Even though the winter squashes got off to a slow start (apparently they don’t like the dry heat) I managed to harvest 20 butternut squash, 8 spaghetti … Continue reading.....
Apparently I have a lot on my mind.
That’s the only reason I can think of (that I’m willing to accept) that I couldn’t remember this recipe.
It’s true, I didn’t write any of it down. I mean, why should I? I’ll remember….
It’s also true that I made it three or four weeks ago, but, really, just glancing at … Continue reading.....
The census-taker came to our house today.
I've never been interviewed by a census-taker before.
I've definitely not been interviewed by a census-taker in French before.
She was a very nice young woman and she brought her darling little daughter with her.
It's Wednesday, you see, and in France young children don't go to school on Wednesday.
The little girl … Continue reading.....
It's a little late, but I thought I would finish my series on gardening.
If you remember there was:
Finally, there is the all important, fertilizing… aka The Compost Pile.
Until I actually started my own compost pile I thought compost was a smelly pile of garbage one kept … Continue reading.....
A few weeks ago I got a free mobile phone – a fancy new smart phone.
All I had to do was cash in my points – that I didn't know I had and have no idea how I got.
In the process the nice man helping me explained that I could save lots of money if I combined all … Continue reading.....