Why do we get excited about French markets? Are they truly that special? I delve into the topic here at PumpjackPiddlewick

You may have noticed that any cooking show about food and France always shows someone shopping in a French market. Sniffing veg, squeezing fruit and generally making out that this is Ah-maaa-zing. But is it? When in France Now I am a foodie. Yup, I love food. But not justContinue Reading

A lot is talked about with regards to French food. But is it actually better? Let's delve at PumpjackPiddlewick

When I was guiding my guests on the Burgundy Canal, we would visit the indoor market in Dijon. I would purchase something seasonal for them to taste. Between that visit and the food on board, I was constantly asked, why does French food taste better? It’s one of those questionsContinue Reading

What to do with broccoli stems? Don't throw them away! There are so many options and recipes from PumpjackPiddlewick

Waste is something I strive to avoid. And right up there is Broccoli Stems. It is just one of those things that when you have cooked the rest of the broccoli, you look at and go… And?!?!?Continue Reading

life is a basket of cherries and then you eat them at PumpjackPiddlewick

Life is a basket of cherries, and then you eat them. And make stuff out of them. Eat a few more, and make something more. Can you tell, it is cherry season here in France? Well, at least where I live. My neighbours on either side have cherry trees. TheyContinue Reading

Why is French cheese fabulous we ask at PumpjackPiddlewick

France is known for many things, beautiful language, wonderful wine, and stinky cheeses to simply mention a few. But considering the latter, what is that makes French cheese special? It’s not just it’s odour. Honestly. Variety France makes around 1400 to 1600 different cheeses. No one can quite agree onContinue Reading