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).

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 →

fast healthy snack recipe included from PumpjackPiddlewick

I am always on the search for a fast healthy snack. I would love to be more like the French and not snack between meals. But, well, I just love elevenses. Or a quick nibble with a fresh pressed coffee in Cafe du Canard as I watch the sun comeRead More →

How to make a lettuce sandwich subsituting lettuce for bread at PumpjackPidlewick

I have discovered Lettuce Sandwiches. No, its not a sandwich of lettuce in bread (though personally I haven’t tried that yet, so one never knows). Rather it is a sandwich that uses lettuce instead of bread. I came across this concept first when making a hamburger. Hamburger buns in FranceRead More →

If you are a regular reader of our website posts, you probably know that we love re-using, recycling and not letting things go to waste. So let’s consider the humble or pesky, depending on your point of view, dandelion. When I was growing up I loved its happy yellow colour.Read More →