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

This year we are awash in strawberries and raspberries from our garden. But sandwiched in between along one of our 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. ARead More →

Food glorious food at Pumpjack Piddlewick

I have been inspired by my garden and the glorious food it is providing. Time to try new things. New recipes, of course, to include the veggies coming into fruition. This moved me on to learning about meal planning and how not to waste what we have. A sort ofRead More →

Growing garlic is something I had never tried. I am a garlic virgin. But it turned out to be easier than I thought. Let's see what's involved at PumpjackPiddlewick

If you have read any of my gardening posts you understand that I classify myself as a Garden Virgin.  I suspect no matter how many years I garden, I will always think of myself as such.  Why? Because other than the occasional foray into ‘how to?’ on the internet IRead More →

breakfast in France is steeped in the tradition of baguettes and croissants. But why? Let's delve at PumpjackPiddlewick

Let us talk about Breakfast in France. This of course means delving into the life of baguettes and croissants and how they play a part in French life. There is a particular, worldwide fascination with French bread, and particularly the baguette. And for all the right reasons. It is delicious.Read More →