Gluten-free Vegetarian Vegan

There has been enough said about gluten free, vegetarian and vegan to bore any one to tears. You either eat wheat, or you don’t. Ditto on the veg. Just tell your host when you are invited, not after you arrive. It is so easy to eat gluten free or vegetarian. As a celiac and reformed vegetarian, not to mention ex-veg chef, I understand the ins and outs of good food for those in need or desire.

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 itRead More →

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 droppinglyRead More →

We are cooking with Pumpkins at PumpjackPiddlewick

Whether it is images for Halloween or the cornucopia concept of harvest, autumn to me can be summed up in one word ~ Pumpkins.  There is something about these roly-poly orange veg that just makes me smile.  (Maybe that is why we are driven to carve toothy faces into them?)Read More →

What about Walnuts - Foraging and Recipes at PumpjackPiddlewick

One of the best things about living in France is… walnuts. Our village has walnut trees dotted all about, including in our own garden.  In autumn, when we take our dogs for their walks we are always finding walnuts underfoot. I have gotten in the habit of carrying a bag orRead More →