All (pink) roads lead to Champagne

A pink tar road in Champagne
Imagine this, pink roads. I mean it, pink roads. Not your bog standard black tar roads, but nice Barbie pink roads. How can you not love a place that has pink roads AND champagne? If you were just passing through the department of Aube and you saw a blonde woman next to a magnificent chateau photographing not said beauty but the road, well that was me.

Banana nut bread

Banana Nut Bread

I know I’ve told you before, but I shall not tire of reminding you that hubby and I lived on a sailboat for a couple of years and happily sailed from Africa into the Mediterranean. On route, we stopped off at the Cape Verde Islands in the north Atlantic where I went to the market to buy fresh fruit and veg. I asked for bananas (or shall I say, I gesticulated for bananas) and successfully managed to buy some. A whole stalk to be exact. That makes a mere 52kg…

Chinese frogs legs anyone?

Chinese Buffet

The best place to eat frogs legs in my area of France is our local Chinese restaurant. What? I hear you say disapprovingly. Mais oui, I say right back to you. They may be a French delicacy but those nice Chinese people have it down pat. I must, however, interrupt myself here to say that this is not your standard deep fried never-been-seen-in-China Chinese food. Oh no, this is the real Jackie Chan.

Szegediner Gulasch (Pork sauerkraut goulasch)

Szegediner Gulasch (Pork sauerkraut goulasch)
This is generally a recipe that we eat in the winter time, but the weather has been so awful and so unusually cold that we have (thankfully) been forced to enjoy this in the summertime. I am less strict about summer and winter food than my hubby and am quite capable of eating a vindaloo curry at the absolute height of summer (that we would be so lucky). We do try to eat seasonal fruit and veg, but sauerkraut in a tin doesn’t seem to follow any season…

Our baby booming farm

Guineageese and Pekin duck
June has been a true baby booming month for us. Our beautiful (if noisy and sometimes irritating) Indian Runner ducks have produced 10 ducklings for us and it is such a pleasure to watch them chase after their Mummy looking for slugs and bugs and puppy dog tails. They are still brown fluff balls and it’s hard to believe that they will change into white females and multi-colored males within a month or two. Rexie the Daddy was bitten by something nasty a month ago and now has scoliosis of the spine – when I recommended physiotherapy and traction, Joerg seemed to think I’d lost control of the last of my senses…

Cirque de Gavarnie

Today's recipe: Homemade caramel
Cirque de Gavarnie
I must admit that one of the main reasons I’m writing about this is that I think my photos are soooo lovely…and it’s my blog so I can do whatever I like, damnit! I will, of course, add a recipe ‘cos that is another reason for this blog. The recipe is for making your own caramel from sweetened condensed milk so read on as it is pleasure not to be missed.

Coffee hazelnut meringue and more sailing escapades

A coffee meringue

I should rename this blog: I‘m so sorry for neglecting you! What can I say, it’s happened again – life has once again taken control of my good intentions. But I am getting better with each passing day and sooooon I won’t have to apologize at the beginning of each blog piece! My wonderful parents are now with us in France and you will be hearing all about them and life in the not-so-sunny south of France more regularly. Honest. Come on, give me another chance!

St. Honore Tart

A photo from Good Food magazine
(This photograph is copied from “Good Food” magazine, July 2009.)

Going straight from appetizer to dessert may seem a little strange to some, but it seems perfectly normal to me… Yes, I will be posting the middle bits, but I know how you lot like your puds so I decided to post it first.

Apples stuffed with Foie Gras

A photo of a foie gras stuffed apple
Only two days to go before my parents arrive to come and live with us and 4 posts still to do this month! As I promised to give you the recipes from “my” birthday, it’s about time I did just that. So without further ado here is the starter/appetizer recipe: Apples stuffed with foie gras.

1st Blog Anniversary

A photo of The Blog Party table
Happy 1st Anniversary to me! It’s been 2 weeks since my last post, but celebrations have kept me from writing…okay, a few other things like a major building project (The Parents arrive on the 28th and the cottage is yet finished) and the garden was getting lost in the grass and as always, good intentions lost to needs be. The Blog Party was stunning if I have to say so myself and everyone said they enjoyed themselves and loved the food so it’s time to share.