French Food

The French dofood really 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.

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 →

Food glorious food at Pumpjack Piddlewick

This past weekend I was inspired by food and trying new things. New recipes, of course, but also starting to eat what is ready in the garden, learning about meal planning and how not to waste it. A sort of circle of life, but one that I want to stretchRead More →

WIld Violets foraged for tea and syrup at PumpjackPiddlewick

I know Spring is on its way when the yellows and purples start to show up in the garden. Daffodils start show their sunny faces and purple wild violets peek up at me from the ground. Make Me Smile Flowers Violets are my favourite flower, which in a way isRead More →

Have you ever tasted Horse Milk French Chevalait @PumpjackPiddlewick

‘Only in France’ are the words that pop into my mind when I came across Horse Milk (Chevalait) in our local French market. And of course, because I didn’t even know that you could get milk from horses (though, yeah, if you think about it… duh, cows, goats…mares), I hadRead More →