French food

The French do food really well. They especially do slow food exceptionally well. Take the Boeuf Bourguinon. Slow cooking not only makes your meat so very very tender, it also gives you the opportunity to try tastier (not to mention cheaper) cuts of meat. Yet the most important thing, is it gives you time. You prepare and let it cook, and cook, and cook. Whilst you do something else. Very French.

Whats all the fuss about French Markets with 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 Am-aaa-zing. But is it? Now I am a foodie. Yup, I love food. But not just to eat, toRead 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 →

When in France you must do an Apero Featured Blog Posts at PumpjackPiddlewick

Half the fun of learning about living in a different country is learning ‘the ways’ of it, e.g. for us ‘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 nibbleRead More →

Read a good book this weekend recommended by Vive le Livre Book Club at PumpjackPiddlewick

I remember seeing Julia Child on TV as a young kid. My mother was enamoured of her, though I can’t remember very many French dishes making it to our dining table. But then, as children, my younger brother and I were probably not the best testing ground for such lovelyRead More →