Monthly Archives: April 2011

A painful decision…not for me, but for them

After an accident with a pair of secateurs, whilst hastily pruning some honeysuckle, the index finger of my left hand is now a bit shorter and is swaddled in bandages. There is something pathetic about injuries as small as this … Continue reading

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A good egg with serrano ham and sage leaves.

The sage, since it has been transplanted, is sporting very healthy looking leaves that so need to be used in the kitchen. Sage with calf’s liver comes quickly to mind, but has to be rejected in even quicker time. Too … Continue reading

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Dream on……

Can meringues be included amongst superfoods? Seems a little unfair if they can’t be included as they go so well with blueberries, as does maple syrup with pancakes, and cream with dried cranberries and rolled oats. It’s certainly given me … Continue reading

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Here we go crushing our nuts in May…..

This bottle of elixir, glowing in the light of the early summer sun, is the fruit of the Autumn harvest and is a gift from our friends Frank and Jenny Palmer. It is also the fruit of their  labour, over … Continue reading

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A cautionary tale of strawberries and wasps.

I had plans for these Gariguette strawberries which included strawberry ice cream, iced strawberry fool or even strawberry soufflé, but they remained ideas rather than becoming fact. The consensus of opinion was for the purist approach, so our first strawberries of … Continue reading

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I found my thrill on blueberry……..

Suddenly berries are everywhere, particularly the wonderful Gariguette strawberries, which are the first of the season, and which taste more of strawberries than strawberries do. More of that another time. The sight of all the berries during my shopping expedition … Continue reading

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Little red writing hood

Filling in forms for the pleasure of French bureaucracy makes me feel as though my life blood is running away through the pen. It is a seemingly endless Kafkaesque mission that has to be undertaken on a regular basis if … Continue reading

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A very good raspberry shortcake from E.D’s “Summer Cooking”

Raspberries have a very elevated position in my pantheon of memorable tastes. Good raspberries never fail to please, and I can’t remember having eaten a bad one. Although I cook with seasonal food, through necessity as well as desire, the … Continue reading

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Pink Geraniums and olive trees.

Yesterday saw summer planting in our courtyard garden. Since escaping the lawns and fruit trees of our first house in France, we now enjoy the pleasure of not mowing lawns and of not collecting fallen fruit, both of which I’m … Continue reading

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Start of the annual miracle

My radius of travel is now so diminished that my awareness of the surrounding landscape becomes more intense each year. Even though we have been here for nearly ten years, my delight in the yearly miracle of sowing, growth and … Continue reading

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