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.

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 →

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 →

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 →

How to maintain a healthy lifestyle at PumpjackPiddlewick

I’ve been thinking on healthy lifestyle choices. I personally am not a great proponent of ‘diets’. I am a firm believer that if you choose to deprive yourself of something, particularly a yummy something, you will inevitably go back to it. Possibly more so. So although a diet may giveRead More →