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…

Old-Fashioned Cucumber Salad; More Joys of Moving

Cucumber Salad When we moved to Ireland from the U.S. we I packed our airline tickets. Determined to have a smoother, calmer, move from Ireland to Andorra I tried to think of all contingencies. Once again, our stuff was going in a large container by boat.   Once again, we were going by plane and would … Continue reading…

Creamy Cucumber Salad; Free Cars!

Creamy Cucumber Salad I think I'd like to be a philanthropist when I grow up. I used to want to be a paleontologist, but a philanthropist sounds like a lot more fun… And much cleaner. Now, if I could only get someone (Bill Gates, perhaps?) to give me a few million dollars I could get … Continue reading…

Polenta Salad; It’s a Toddler Tender! and The Weekly Menu

It’s a ‘baby-minder’.   Apparently there are not enough totally frustrated mother’s of toddlers reading my blog, as no one came even close…. One slides the two top panels apart, drops the toddler in up to the armpits, slides them shut and… Voila! Instant toddler-tender. The child is held upright and can walk back and … Continue reading…

Chicken and Vegetable Salad with Hummus Dressing; Ma Belle Soeur

Chicken and Vegetable Salad with Hummus Dressing In French, one’s in-laws are called ‘belle-famille’. Sister-in-law is ‘belle-soeur’; brother-in-law is ‘beau-frère’. Mother-in-law is ‘belle-mère’; father-in-law beau-père. Belle/beau means beautiful, lovely or handsome. The same words are used, in extended families, to refer to a stepmother, stepfather, etc. Wouldn’t you rather be referred to as a belle-mère … Continue reading…

Picnic Pasta Salad; When the words don’t work right….

Picnic Pasta Salad When one studies a language in school or a class, one studies it as it should be…. Not as it is. Take the, controversial, MessieurDame. In France, one greets people with 'Bonjour Monsieur' or  'Bonjour Madame' upon meeting them for the first time, each day. Here, in farm country, if there is … Continue reading…