• French or faux pas

    Snowy gite I’m a lake owner, gite runner and llama farmer. I throw sweetcorn into the lakes through holes in the ice during winter, scrub toilets in summer and shovel llama poo all year round. But I’m also an English graduate, an editor and a writer. I’m articulate, literate, coherent,...


  • A bunch of flours

    My final bread related blog (I’ve looked at bread ovens and pumpkin bread in earlier posts). A quick look at flour this time. It’s taken me quite a while, but I’ve finally found out what French flour is all about. Way back when in the UK I used three types...


  • Curling up with a good Kindle

    I have my Kindle! Encouraged by the hi-tec members of the family i.e. all of them, I’ve treated myself to an Amazon Kindle. I’ve gone for the wifi only version at 139 dollars. It comes with a USB cable included and I also bought a France-friendly mains power cable for...


  • Oh for a four à pain

    Public domain image from capiteauxl.free.fr The pumpkin bread recipe I put up the other day has got me onto a bread theme. Hardly a day goes by when we don’t regret that the farmer who rented Les Fragnes before us demolished the bread oven (four à pain) so that he...


  • Pumpkin Bread à la française

    I have been tripping over the four pumpkins in our kitchen since mid-October! There were a lot more than 4 originally, but our pumpkin consumption seems to have mysteriously slowed down of late. So I’ve found a recipe for pain à la citrouille – French Pumpkin Bread – to get...