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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.

Agathe's Chocolate Dessert

Today's recipe: Chocolate Molten Pots
The unbaked pudding
Agathe is a wonderful French student who has stayed with us for several weeks over the last couple of years. We thoroughly enjoy having her stay with us and hope she will continue to visit us for years to come. Agathe made these delicious chocolate desserts for us during one of her stays and we now make them regularly. She very kindly gave me the recipe and I have decided to share it with you because they are so good ! Its in French too, so you too can improve your language skills...

Burying the end of Winter in Portugal

The Doll's grave
We had the fortune of being in the small village (with a big positive attitude) of Laranjeiros on the Portuguese Spanish border on the 4th of March. This day marks the end of the Carnival time and a life-size doll is buried in a grave amidst all kinds of hilarious actions, including using a certain body part as a microphone...need I say more about which part??

La Cabane Restaurant, Quarteira, Portugal

All of us lucky birthday guests
As I mentioned in my last post, it was Frank's 60th birthday on Valentine's Day and he very kindly invited us, Anja and Micha, and his lovely partner, Conny, for dinner at the La Cabane Restaurant. I think it's super to have your birthday on such a special day – everyone is in love and happy and the restaurants put on special menus just for you...

Frank's Birthday

Today's recipe: Birthday platters
Frank and Conny's legs
I love birthdays. Anybody’s, everybody’s and especially mine – no need for false modesty I say. Bring on the party! Bring on the presents! Let's have some fun! And so what could be better than a birthday while underway in Portugal – yippee!

Bola Bolacha / Marie Biscuit Cake

Bola Bolacha dessert
Bola Bolacha / Marie Biscuit Cake