Shrimp and Asparagus Salad; the importance of sexy undies

Question:  Why should one always wear sexy underwear for doctor's appointments in France? Answer:  Because if you're going to parade around strangers, of both sexes and all ages, in your undies (or less) for the better part of an hour you'll want to look your best. A few weeks at the local gym prior to … Continue reading…

Summer Couscous; The Glorious 12th!

Andorra has a large and varied Expat Community. When we moved there, we were given a warm and enthusiastic welcome from all of the English-speakers. In a country where more than 75% of the residents are not ‘locals’ a common language is the glue that binds. The first summer we were there I was truly … Continue reading…

Couscous, Spinach and Green Bean Salad; Bat Babies

It’s been a strange summer here in the Vendée.  We, apparently, had a late frost.  I say ‘apparently’ because it was nothing we noticed: no frost on the car; no white grass; nothing. It’s strange because we rarely have frost anytime, let alone in late spring. I first noticed there was a problem when my … Continue reading…

Couscous Feta Pilaf and the Weekly Menu Plan

Mon mari has never been a big fan of couscous…. No substance; no flavor; he claims. This may have converted him…. Couscous Feta Pilaf serves 2 1/2 cup couscous3/4 cup chicken broth 6 cherry tomatoes6 olives1 ounce (30gr) feta 1 tbs snipped chives1 tbs snipped basil 2 tsp olive oil – the good stuff Heat … Continue reading…