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

WIld Violets foraged for tea and syrup at PumpjackPiddlewick

I know spring is on its way when the yellows and purples start to show up in the garden. Daffodils start to show their sunny faces and purple wild violets peek up at me from the ground. Make Me Smile Flowers Violets are my favourite flower. Each year when IContinue Reading

I have a favorite french meal that I love to make. Let me share it with you from PumpjackPiddlewick

My favorite French Dinner is easy. Easy to decide upon, and to my mind easy to make. It’s a true classic, traditional, filling and even practical. Oh, and did I mention delicious? The Main Dish For the mains it has to be Boeuf Bourguignon (Burgundian Beef). This is the FrenchContinue Reading