Tea in the Teapot

Inside the teapot downstairs
And I mean it literally. We had tea in a teapot! This magnificent, ginormous teapot can be found at Castelnau-Magnoac in the Gers, France. It was originally situated in Scotland, but as the old saying goes, “have teapot will travel”, it is now in France!

Bobotie a’ la Crystal

Bobotie and sambals
Bobotie is South Africa’s national dish and I never tire of it. I have put some of my own little twists to it, but the basic recipe is the traditional one. We had the deevine Rob and another new friend Guel for dinner a couple of days (make that months!) ago and they were a little worried about what to expect, but enjoyed it so much they have asked for the recipe. Thank you for the complement! So here it is!

Wild about Weeds, Part 4

(Today’s recipe: Stinging Nettles)
I HATE THEM. Everybody says they only sting at certain times of the year and the sting is not that bad. Well, they haven’t met my vicious Nettles. Mine sting all year. Even the roots sting. I’m not kidding. EVEN THE ROOTS STING.

Wild about Weeds, Part 3

(Today’s recipe: Dandelions)
Now where does the word Dandelion come from, I ask you. This is like Red Mullet actually being a Goat Fish. I love discovering the origin of words and/or just enjoying the strangeness of words. Maybe lion comes from the fluffy white head it gets before it goes forth and reproduces itself a thousand times over in my garden.

Wild about Weeds, Part 2

(Today’s recipe: Wild Fennel)
Fake wild fennel
I can't believe I haven't managed to post this since I wrote it in March, same time as the first one. Sorry!!! And thank you Peter and Ute for reminding to pull out my finger and get on with posting!!

Wild About Weeds, Part 1

(Today: Wild Mustard Recipe)
Wild Mustard
Not Weed, Weeds you silly people! I’m talking about the stuff that grows uncontrollably in your garden. Okay, so maybe some of you have this problem with weed too, but the rest of us just have problems with good old-fashioned weeds. Sigh. I’m not getting the upper hand here am I?!

Picture Perfect Portugal, Part 3

Sunset over the Atlantic
Life does not exist without several hundred sunset shots. I basically take a couple every night, but I shall endeavour not to bore you with more than these three, but I ain’t promising notin’.

Picture Perfect Portugal, Part 2

A fisherman in front of Red Rock
No, we haven’t moved to Australia, this is still Portugal. This section of the Algarve is home to many a Red Rock and I just can’t get enough of it! We’re near Quarteira and Falesia Beach, the home of many beautiful golf courses. I’m no golfer, but my mate Catherine says they’re good to play and she’s the local female champion in our small French village so she should know!

Hand of Cow for lunch, anyone?

(Today’s recipe: Mão de Vaca com Grão, or Cows Hoof with Chickpeas)
Photo from flickr by knightbefore_99
I love languages and the fun one can have with them. When we asked our lovely waitress what the daily lunch special was, she said, “it’s Hand of Cow”. At first I thought I’d misheard, but no, we were having either Hand of Cow or something that was like cuttlefish, but not cuttlefish. We’ll have one of each, I bravely said.

Picture Perfect Portugal, Part 1

A fishing boat fishing near the beach
Just in case you haven’t guessed, I’m a huge fan of Portugal. The Husband too, of course. We love the countryside, the seaside, the people, the food, the air, just plain everything. So I am going to post a few photos from around here so that you too can fall in love with Portugal.