When having visitors in summer, we tend to swap good recipes and try them out. I’m not very keen on sweet dessert or dessert in general, but I do have one recipe that’s worth sharing with all of you. I used to make it with my friend Miek for our children. The recipe leaflet was once included in a Philadelphia cheese packet as a promotion stunt. We tried it out and it became our absolute favourite! (more…)
Last year, with no knowledge at all of how to, we pruned our plum tree, with as result: a non-fruit bearing tree that year. But our sturdy wild plum tree, doesn’t see this as a set back, in the excruciating heat we have here at the moment, it decided to produce an extra load of plums this year. Seeing its green foliage filled with yellow dots, we knew jam making was ahead, even with temperatures of 35° in the shade (on the terrace). Luckily we have my daughter, her family and a friend, all of them willing to volunteer harvesting our plums. (more…)
I was spoiled with this recipe, years ago in France, visiting my good friend Yvonne. Imagine getting up for breakfast and this fresh homemade chocolate paste awaits you…
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I realized she made it early in the morning, just for our breakfast. She was ever so friendly to give me her recipe and since then I am now the perfect host, spoiling my friends with this super treat!
Ready? It’s ever so easy!
250g simple white sugar
150gr of excellent chocolate
half a cup of milk
250gr of butter
Start by adding a beaten egg to 250gr of sugar (use your mixer ).
In the mean time, melt the chocolate in the milk. Then add it, but mix immediately to avoid the egg going funny!
Cut up butter in small pieces and add it slowly, whilst mixing immediately and constantly.
Put it in your most decorative vintage container and allow this mixture to rest in the fridge for about 1 or 2 hours and you’re in for a treat!
Do let me know whether you fell in love with this cutie
What greater way to end the year in a retro, warm, cosy party atmosphere, delicious food and some good old fashioned dancing songs, loved by adults and children. So, I’m turning back the hands of time, straight back to my childhood, with soft and sticky, sweet crunchy candies… I’d like to share some of my few favourite ticklebellies: the tasty, gooey caramel candies, think even toffee apples, sold on fancy fairs. You don’t need to have a sweet tooth to love them. Are you tempted? (more…)
The French diet is known to be healthy, anybody thinking disease prevention will have to admit that the way they use certain vegetables, does the healthy trick! The onion, with its pungency, taste and smell, is part of this healthy way of eating and only artichokes, parsley, Brussels sprouts, shallots, broccoli and celery can beat it on the health score! (more…)
I always love that special Thursday in November and admire the Americans for their Thanksgiving, the reminder to give thanks for the good things, people and providential events in their daily lives. (more…)
My English husband adores a good old-fashioned pasty, no way we go to England and return without having had a decent pasty, or a good stash in the boot. Living in the South of France without a sight of a pasty shop anywhere, we ventured ourselves to making some at home, based on his mum’s recipe, a traditional Cornish pasty, so no peas or carrots, but swede (the swede adds all the sweetness this dish needs)! According to my husband the things that go best with swede is butter and pepper, “that’s what swede lives on”!
There isn’t a country in the world that hasn’t got its own beef stew. From the farmers to the soldiers, it was the dish. Simple and easy to prepare, not at all time consuming as the stew simmers away on its own. In this time of Halloween we can see the witch standing beside her cauldron on top of the wood fire or stove… so why not go for this old fashioned but very tasty recipe this time of year. You’ll have a grand dish, just that bit different of what you’re used to!