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.

Fish and chips at Fish Finder

Today’s recipe: Fried fish
A photo of a fish nugget
I have been bad yet again and have only posted 3 times this month, oh dear. Seeing as I seem to have started 3 post in the 3rd month, I think I shall continue with this and post 4 in the 4th month, 5 in the 5th month, 6…I think you get it!

Million dollar view for sale

Today’s recipe: Crayfish / rock lobster with lemon butter
The view from the house.
Now who wouldn’t want to wake up everyday to this glorious sight? This is the view from the lounge window of our great friends, Len and Joey, in Cape Town. Joerg stayed with them when he first moved to South Africa and was they became second parents to the both of us (how unlucky could they get!?). Those were the days when I was young and pretty instead of just “and”…

Catherine The Divine

Catherine, Anna, Maya, Lars & Table Mountain
The next part of our South African adventure took place in Cape Town with Lars and another divine member of my extended family whom you have as yet not met, namely my wonderful sister-in-law, Catherine. She may no longer be married to my husband’s brother, and she may try running and hiding from me, but she will always be a part of the family along with our two beautiful nieces, Anna and Maya. That’s them in the photo with Table Mountain and its tablecloth in the background.

Etihad Airlines

Etihad brochure with a photo of a stewardess.
I forgot to mention in my last African posts that our African adventure started with Etihad Airlines. It’s the first time we’ve flown with them and we were very impressed with the service, food and aesthetics of the stewardesses. Beautiful red nails, perfect buns and red lips, always in a friendly smile.