Why one egg is enough for a French omelette? A little amusing Easter vignette from PumpjackPiddlewick

It’s Easter so I am thinking about eggs. And chickens. Okay, and always ducks. But then this time of year I do a lot of thinking about eggs. It’s a seasonal thing. And when I think about eggs, I am always reminded of the joke ~ Why do the FrenchContinue Reading

What is the French Apero? Think Spanish Tapas, only French. We delve into this cultural phenomena here at PumpjackPiddlewick

Half the fun of learning about living in a different country is learning ‘the ways’ of it, e.g. for me ‘what do the French do?’ Well the French do an Apero. Qu’est-ce que c’est? An Apero is a little like Spanish tapas. That is, it’s a drink and a nibbleContinue Reading

What is a French gouter? Why a snack in France. Usually at 4pm. Let's look into more detail here at PumpjackPiddlewick

There’s a thing here in France called the goûter (pronounced goo-tay). It often happens about 4pm, but could be done really almost any time of the day. It’s the French version of the snack. French Food A goûter is usually something simple. A piece of fruit, olives or nuts, a pieceContinue Reading

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