• A Smurfing Success – Schtroumpfs Rule!

    My food week isn’t going well. First it was interrupted by Baby Sarkozy (Giulia, not Dahlia after all) and then my computer refused to let me edit photos so I couldn’t do my Paté de Pommes de Terre article. And let’s face it. I’m not a foodie. I could happily...


  • Sunshine Soup

    As part of food week, it seems appropriate to feature a guest blog from expat and cookery writer Jo Parfitt. Her first work of fiction, Sunshine Soup, has just been published. Over to Jo: Inspired by La Grande Rue Many years ago I lived in France. I studied French at...


  • Presidential Baby and Three Happy Bilingual Kids

    Baby Sarkozy's name is rumoured to be Dahlia I’m interrupting food week for a non-foody blog. I couldn’t ignore today’s top news in France – baby Sarkozy who arrived on Wednesday night. Mother and baby girl are doing well and father is preoccupied by politics. He missed the actual birth...


  • Messing with Medlars

    I blogged about this strange, old-fashioned fruit, often known as the dog’s butt fruit, not so long ago. Time to revisit for some cooking with them. Chris and I had harvested a small bag of medlars on one of our bike rides about ten days ago. Half of these were...


  • Creuse’s Famous Cake – Le Creusois

    Old postcard of Crocq Creuse, our departément of France, is famous for its elderly population, its poverty – and a wonderful gateau. ‘Le Creusois’ is a cake made with nuts and butter. It’s thought to have originated in the fifteenth century, but wasn’t rediscovered until 1969 when the recipe was...