Braised Pork in Red Wine and Red Peppers; phone tales

We bought new house phones yesterday. That would be the 'royal we'.   Mon mari couldn't be bothered to look at them.  As he refuses to answer it if it rings, he didn't see the point in actually attempting to render an opinion. Since he knows nothing about phones (not having used one in years) … Continue reading…

Steak with Rosemary Mushroom Sauce

First the news:  The puppies got in the car today!  (Story on Tuesday.) Now….. Did you know we lived on an archaeological site? We didn’t either, initially. Oh we had the usual finds of rusty scissors, old tubes of toothpaste, and bits of teacups in the garden after every heavy rain. Hoeing was always interesting … Continue reading…

Roast Tenderloin of Beef with Red Wine Sauce; my 1001st post

1001 It's a palindrome. In fact, it's a mirrored palindrome. In case you don't remember what a palindrome is, it's a word (racecar, radar, mom) or a sentence (Madam I'm Adam; I did, did I) that reads the same forward and backward. A mirrored palindrome does it in when viewed in a mirror (A TOYOTA). … Continue reading…

Pulled Pork Pasta Sauce; Random Ramblings

I get three American magazines delivered to me here in France. My Discover magazine, which is a science magazine, always arrives on time, regular as a Swiss clock. My Saveur magazine, which is a food magazine, is somewhat less punctual.  I received the October issue two weeks ago…. and the November issue 3 days later. … Continue reading…

Braised Venison with Shallots and Mushrooms; the update

Mon mari is getting dead tired of me wandering and wondering what to take photos of for the update. I keep telling him no one will believe that he has spent all this time touching up the walls before he can get the insulation up. I keep telling him that I, and the rest of … Continue reading…

Braised Pork Loin with Red Wine and Olives; the Update

Mon mari managed to get a little work done without me here to supervise…. Although most of it is not photo worthy. More to the point, I’m not going into the cellar with my camera to take pictures of the plumbing he had to do to hook up two more radiators.  It has a low … Continue reading…

Coq au Vin; the Chocolate Connection

I have been making Coq au Vin for years.  It's always been a delicious family favorite but never quite achieved the same wonderful glossy, rich sauce of the bistro.  This was brought home once more the last time we were in Paris.  At  Chez René we had the best Coq au Vin ever created by … Continue reading…