• Galette des Rois

    Depending on when you consider the First Day of Christmas to be (i.e. either Christmas Day itself, or the day after), Twelfth Night, at the end of the Twelfth Day, falls either on the 5th of 6th of January. This is when you can eat your galette des rois. Let’s...


  • Great Balls of Fat

    We’re feeding the wild birds here at Les Fragnes, and have been for a few weeks now. I’ve hung fat balls out in the trees several times before over the years, but until recently they were always met with deep suspicion and ignored. Perhaps this sudden interest in our fat...


  • Christmas food in France

    So what have French people been eating over Christmas? In our household we’ve stuck firmly to an English Christmas. During our fourteen years in Ireland we never crumbled either. We never made the adaptation to having ham as well as turkey at Christmas, or salted cod or spiced beef in...


  • Le Petit-Dejeuner

    The French really know how to do breakfasts. They manage to get huge amounts of chocolate into this one meal. The majority of breakfast cereals on the shelf in the supermarket have chocolate in them. I’ve just had a look at Auchan’s online shop for home deliveries (not in our...


  • Conseil de classe

    I took part in my first conseil de classe – class council - last night at Ruadhri’s lycée. I was in the conseil d’école for Rors’ primary school for a couple of years a while ago, but didn’t feel I was contributing anything in particular and so didn’t get involved...