I’ve been so busy taking pictures and cooking that I haven’t really thought of posting. There’s a recipe, once again from the pen of Nigel Slater, that I hoped to test this evening. The recipe involved large mushrooms which seemed to me to be a pretty seasonal ingredient, this being Autumn or “Season of Mushrooms”. So far, in the heart of the French countryside, this has not proved to be the case. I’m hoping that tomorrow morning’s market in Fontenay le Comte will be a mushroom cornucopia – fat chance. The time has come to light the fire, open the red and cook some gnocchi with leeks, creme fraiche, mustard and crisp prosciutto devised by Andy Harris of “Jamie” magazine. He’s also got me using Marmite in several unusual ways! I never really liked Marmite but it puts a meaty taste, although it’s a yeast extract, into vegetarian food. It worked very successfully in a vegetarian Cornish pasty that will be anathema to people from Cornwall. Unfortunately my view of Cornish people on this subject is akin to “Doc Martin’s” view of all humanity, so I don’t really give a toss. I have also been dabbling in chocolate -in this particular case it’s a delicious confection called St.Emilion au Chocolat which is in the fridge as I write, getting set for testing tomorrow.