I’m cautiously optimistic about the potager.
I seemed to have kept the rabbits out so far, so my lettuce sets are full size ad we are enjoying early salads.
A few of the onions have bolted, due to the cold, damp spring…. but only a few and the weather seems to be warming.
The slugs have been nibbling on the … Continue reading.....
I originally made this with beef when we lived in the US.
Since we’ve lived on this side of the pond, after a few failed attempts, I started using veal.
Now that I’ve found a great butcher I might try beef again….
If you do use beef, use a better cut as this is not meant to be braised for … Continue reading.....
It’s winter squash season again.
I have a feeling it’s going to last rather a long time this year as my plants were very productive.
The acorn and delicata squashes are not meant to be kept a long time… Most of the experts say a dew weeks, although I usually manage to keep them close to 2 months.
Still, we’re … Continue reading.....
Slow-cooking lamb in wine is typical all over France.
But this is not a slow cooker recipe…. This is a stove-top recipe.
One has to shake things up a bit from time to time.
This uses red wine, similar to the version made in Avignon. The original recipe calls for the lamb to be slowly baked for 5 hours in … Continue reading.....
We did not have turkey yesterday.
In case you’re wondering, France does not celebrate Thanksgiving.
Neither does the rest of Europe.
We do, however, eat turkey….. Just not usually in the form of a big hulking bird that may or may not have been cooked properly.
Basically – we skip right to the leftover stage.
I’ve always loved the leftover … Continue reading.....
Harvest time in farm country….
It’s a lovely, warm, fall Sunday evening and the harvester just arrived to do the soy bean field.
No need to worry about closing the windows to keep out the dust – we’ve been enduring an invasion of Asian Lady Bugs so we can’t have windows open anyway.
And last night when I opened the … Continue reading.....
We haven’t lit a fire in the kitchen stove yet but we have been using the oven.
Pizzas, quiches and oven dinners all contribute just a little bit of needed warmth after the sun goes down – which is getting rather too early for my taste.
This was so quick and easy to get in the oven that I decided … Continue reading.....
I had a great shallot and onion harvest from the potager last summer.
Even better, they all, almost 200 shallots and over 100 each red and white onions, kept very well.
I must have the curing and storing bit mastered, finally.
Or I was lucky…..
The red onions and shallots are now gone but I still have 2 braids of … Continue reading.....