Time poor is not a good excuse not to make good food. Let's figure out how at PumpjackPiddlewick

This day and age everyone seems to be time poor. Too busy doing things to, well, do other things. But honestly, there is no excuse of too little time when it comes to eating real food, good food, even (dare I say it) healthy food. Is there such a thingContinue Reading

Simplifying and demystifying French meals at PumpjackPiddlewick

It’s early morning, a sunny morning, and I have just enjoyed a walk to my local boulangerie (bakery) to buy some croissants, whilst my coffee percolates readying itself for my return. On my walk I started thinking about French meals, and the many, sometimes complicated aspects of them. And howContinue Reading

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