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.

Harvesting champagne currants at PumpjackPiddlewick

Recently I wrote about cherries. We are still awash with cherries, as the tree of our neighbour on the other side of us is almost buried under them. So I am still carrying on making cherry things. But in the background. As currently it is all about currants, and specificallyRead More →

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 we live. Our neighbours on either side have cherry trees. TheyRead More →

Growing and making things from the mustard plant at PumpjackPiddlewick

It’s time to talk condiments. Because honestly, it’s not something that gets much thought. At least I for one take them for granted. So let’s talk… mustard. If you’ve read my post on Weeds, there was the discovery in our garden that various ‘weeds’ were in fact only sort ofRead More →

How to build garden raised beds out of pallets at PumpjackPiddlewick

Recently we have had a lot of rain. Rain, rain, rain. Plu, plu, plu. (Don’t you just love the French word for rain? It sounds just like a drop of rain hitting a surface.) It’s a good excuse to build some new raised beds. This time out of pallets. GettingRead More →