Leek and Acorn Squash Tarts; French class

I had an extra leek in the house (didn’t need it for the lasagne) and I had one, last, small acorn squash left. A little tart seemed like just the thing. You do remember I’m rather fond of Small Plates.…  Leek and Acorn Squash Tarts Total time: 45 minutes  Ingredients: 1 small acorn squash, cut … Continue reading…

Scallop and Saffron Risotto

It has been a week of French challenges. First – the funny… We go to a conversation class every week.  The idea is that the French speak English and the English / Americans speak French and the native speakers assist and correct the learners. The other night one of the students was telling a story … Continue reading…

Stuffed Baby Zucchini; Foiled by Minitel; Weekly Menu

Every time I think I am moving forward something happens to make me realize that, if I’m moving forward, it’s in reverse. Last week I called the chimney sweep to arrange the annual summer cleaning. I was prepared. First: He had cleaned our chimneys last year.  As we are the only Americans in the area … Continue reading…

Fried Butternut Squash; French conversation

We finally got off our bottoms and decided it was time to get back to our French lessons. Part of the problem of living out in the middle of nowhere is, there’s no one to talk to. If we lived in town we’d have neighbors.  We’d have people to talk to.  We’d be able, or … Continue reading…

Pasta Primavera Salad; Why oh why…..

Pasta Primavera Salad  1.  Why do the French insist on calling my mobile phone even when I ask them nicely to call my 'land line', explaining that I don't live on my mobile.  In fact, I only turn it on if I have to make a phone call whilst away from my house. I have … Continue reading…