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Awesome Autumn

Our pool with views over the hillside
We are having the most amazing autumn here in south west France. September and October have been spectacular which might explain why I haven't posted for so long...na, I didn't think you buy it! Here are some photos from around our little farm with the wonderful autumn sunlight. This first one is of our pool with views across the Gers hillside.

Chickpeas with Bacalhao / Salt Cod

Chickpeas with bacalhao with a cabbage salad
Serves 4 as a light starter or serve as part of a Tapas selection.

The secret as to why French Women Don't Get Fat

There have been a lot of books written over the years as to why French woman don't get fat and the only truthful thing said in or about these tomes is that they made a lot of money. (Hmm, perhaps I should stop now and do the same?!) There is only one reason why French women are thin and that is because they don't eat a lot.

Moroccan Caulifower and Olives

Moroccan Cauliflower
I promised recipes with preserved lemon a looooooong time ago, and surprise, surprise, here is one at last! Although I think the photo of my cat is far cuter, I do think it is also not bad to actually post a recipe every, cough, once in a while. This recipe is quickly prepared and deelicious.

Moroccan Chicken

I adapted this recipe from one by Ina Garten (aka The Barefoot Contessa) and have made it slightly quicker to prepare. It is deelicious (anything bad I simply don't tell you about!) and well worth trying. I forgot to take photos, so I'll have to make it again and post photos then.

Our well-behaved cat

Puss Puss on the table
Our much loved cat Puss Puss, aka Moaning Monster, is clearly well brought up and knows that cats are absoutely not allowed on the table at all, ever. Her level of obedience is extraordinary...she does exactly as she pleases at all times. We just managed to save the sweetest little rabbit from her. The joys of having children, sigh.

Preserved Lemons

Lemons
A must in Moroccan and Arabic cooking is preserved lemons. I first happened upon a bucket of these bright yellow babies in my Asian supermarket in Toulouse ( www.paris-store.com ) and just had to have them. Didn't know what to do with them, but just had to have them. Needless to say, 2 years later, they weren't quite what they should and could have been.

South African Olive Oil Among World's Best

Oakhurst olive oil
Oakhurst Olives, a boutique olive farm in the Tulbagh Valley (South Africa),
has officially joined the ranks of the world's best by scooping Best in
Class and Gold awards for their Delicate Extra Virgin Olive Oil at the 2014
New York International Olive Oil Competition (NYIOOC).

Littlehampton beach huts

Views of Littlehampton beach huts
I go over the Channel to England 3 or 4 times a year to visit my wonderful parents in Hove and my equally wonderful aunt and uncle in Littlehampton. I have eaten in many good restaurants and taken many good photos, but am as always very slack in telling you about it. So without further ado, here are a couple of photos of beach huts in Littlehampton.

The Black Rabbit Restaurant, Arundel, West Sussex, England

The Black Rabbit Restaurant
This restaurant is set on the banks of the River Arun with magnificent views of Arundel Castle. It's a beautiful place to dine anytime of the year. I've been in the summer and the winter and loved both times. In winter there's the fireplace ambiance and in the summer the lovely outside seating area on the riverbank.