What to do with broccoli stems? Don't throw them away! There are so many options and recipes from PumpjackPiddlewick

Waste is something I strive to avoid. And right up there is Broccoli Stems. It is just one of those things that when you have cooked the rest of the broccoli, you look at and go… And?!?!?Continue Reading

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 I live. My neighbours on either side have cherry trees. TheyContinue Reading

Is it possible to be a vegetarian or vegan in France? We check it out here at PumpjackPiddlewick

France and vegetarian, let alone vegan, are not really synonymous. This is a culture that embraces all the food groups. Especially a lunch of the day (menu du jour) will include them all. So can you (easily) be a vegetarian in France? Well, I am not going to say itContinue Reading

green tomatoes to cook with at PumpjackPiddlewick

As the days close in I now take an hour at lunchtime to spend in the garden with the ducks as mornings and evenings don’t give me the same freedom any more. We normally take the time to clear an area. Me pruning or pulling, the ducks eating the wormyContinue Reading

What is being frugal? We explore different concepts at PumpjackPiddlewick

The concept of being frugal has been on my mind of lot lately. Not really surprising in these current days. Not just because of the need ourselves to be frugal as food prices increase crazily here, but more so seeing the inventiveness of others is inspiring. Sometimes even jaw droppinglyContinue Reading