Christmas day dawns and an unmissable opportunity for a culinary show off such as myself. Currently at Chez Nous we have my partners family staying for Christmas 4 adults and 4 lovely kids subjected to the full Frugal Gourmet experience
This is a blog about Christmas dinner, but I have decided not to blog . . . → Read More: A Silk Purse for Christmas
Orange France has been performing to type over Christmas by losing the broadband connection! A pain if you want to blog, a disaster if you are under 18 with an Xbox live game that you want to play.
So I am writing this post in word ready for posting later, who knows when.
A short . . . → Read More: The only Orange I trust is the one in my Saucisson Sec
As part of the run up to Christmas I thought I Would get a head of my baking. A perennial favourite of ours is Cantucci biscuits, dry Italian nut biscuits which are eaten with sweet wine as a dessert, though I prefer mine with an espresso coffee. Making Cantucci is very frugal as they can . . . → Read More: You can Cantucci
I have been running around in ever decreasing circles trying to make time to do a bit of blogging. In theory I should have loads of time, but finishing off bits of work, organising Christmas stuff, battling with the weather and dealing with leaky pipes this is the first chance that I have had.
I . . . → Read More: A French Christmas
It is very easy to take things for granted, particularly if you come from the English speaking world, and particularly if you are British with a violent history of Empire producing a set of cultural reference points that defines how the world should be. In terms of my themes of frugality and gourmet such sweeping . . . → Read More: Whats in a Name
My garden has a Chestnut tree only a small one, a teenager really but it fruits and each year the size and quantity of the nut increases. Like many Brits I quite like the idea of the Chestnut but don’t really know what to do with it.
Up till now my experience of eating Chestnuts . . . → Read More: Essence of Chestnut
Readers of this blog are aware that I have more than a passing interest in Mushrooms.
BBC Radio 4 has somewhat out of season recently broadcast a couple of interesting short programmes about mushrooms. I thought I would share the links with you, but if you want to listen you may have . . . → Read More: The Joy of Ceps in The Open Country
Finally got round to making some Saucisson a couple of weeks ago and I have now got it together to do a post about it having been prevented by pressure of work and good old fashioned inertia.
Saucissons are air dried sausages, more commonly referred to in the UK as Salami. The process of making . . . → Read More: Setting to Saucisson Sec