Food Findings (+recipes)

Having a large and varying veg garden, as well as a variety of fruit and nut trees in and around the area, means we are lucky enough to be harvesting and foraging to add to what we eat. Add in French markets and our local produce artisans – butcher, baker, cheese maker – and our kitchen knows no bounds. Come and join in our food findings as we explore, harvest, forage, create, repurpose and simply enjoy cooking here in France (recipes included).

Musings over a cup of tea at PumpjackPiddlewick

This morning I was musing about a good cup of tea, over a cup of coffee. Having lived in Britain, I can truly appreciate a good ‘cuppa’. But, why does living there equate to a good cup of tea, I hear you ask? Well, besides the synonymous links between teaRead More →

Friday night is Pizza night in our village at PumpjackPiddlewick

Friday night is Pizza Night here. A truly special treat. A man with a van parks in our village square and makes the most amazing wood fired pizzas. We are lucky in that the centre of our small village boasts 4 places to eat. Each varies in what they offer,Read More →

The blackberries are ripening at PumpjackPiddlewick

The blackberries are in season! The hot days of summer have ripened these hedgerow fruits. They are plump and juicy, glistening by the paths and walkways, just waiting to be collected and eaten. Pumpjack’s thrice daily (or more if Chewie has his way) dog walks gives me an early warningRead More →

Harvesting champagne currants at PumpjackPiddlewick

This year we are awash in strawberries and raspberries from our garden. But sandwiched in between along one of crumbling garden stone walls are two bushes of currants. One is red currants, the other Champagne currants. I had heard of red currants, and of course red currant jelly*. A veryRead More →