Variations on a Hommous Theme

Hommous / Houmous / Hummus / Hummous – delete as appropriate! I have never quite decided how to spell it… Anyhoo, that’s not my point, this is: I have been making quite a lot of the stuff recently since I’ve stopped eating bread, as I’ve had to seek out alternatives to the usual lunchtime sandwich,Continue reading “Variations on a Hommous Theme”

Variations on a Houmous Theme

Hommous / Houmous / Hummus / Hummous – delete as appropriate! I have never quite decided how to spell it… Anyhoo, that’s not my point, this is: I have been making quite a lot of the stuff recently since I’ve stopped eating bread, as I’ve had to seek out alternatives to the usual lunchtime sandwich,Continue reading “Variations on a Houmous Theme”

Moules et Frites!

This week we have had the pleasure of the company of June and Ken Clarke, two very wonderful people who I’ve known all my life but don’t get to see very often. It turns out that June is a bit of a master at cooking moules, my all time favourite meal and one I haveContinue reading “Moules et Frites!”

Summer draws to a close…

It’s definitely the end of the summer here in France. Not because the weather’s changed, we’re still enjoying beautiful sunshine most of the time (although it’s raining as I write this) but because the ‘festival’ season is over. On our previous holidays in France we hadn’t particularly noticed the spirit of the ‘fete’ that takesContinue reading “Summer draws to a close…”

101 Things to do with Figs!

The title of this blog post might be slightly misleading… we don’t HAVE 101 things to do with figs, we NEED 101 things! The figs in are garden are ripening by the day, and we’re desperately trying to pick them before they go squishy and fall to the floor. So, we open to suggestions please,Continue reading “101 Things to do with Figs!”

The thing I love about vegetable gardening…

I’ve spent a lot of time in the garden lately, which has been absolute heaven for me, and has also lead me to analyse what it is that I love so much about vegetable gardening… I’ve decided the answer is pretty straight forward; I love watching things grow and develop. This applies to all kindsContinue reading “The thing I love about vegetable gardening…”

Horse Power!

A few weeks ago I reported in another post that I was experimenting with ‘Fumier De Cheval’ in the veg garden – in other words, horse manure! I just thought I’d post an update on the results of the experiment, which seems to be going very well! I planted 4 pumpkin plants directly into bagsContinue reading “Horse Power!”

How has our garden grown?

We’ve been living in France for about 8 weeks now, and having just had a week back in England, it was quite exciting to come back and see how our little veg garden has grown! Here’s a few ‘before and after’ shots of the plants 🙂

More plums than we bargained for…

Last Sunday was the first day that we could really get cracking in the kitchen, making use of the produce we’d already collected. The first weekend we arrived, we picked a huge bowl of mulberries from the neighbour’s garden, but we had to freeze them because we didn’t have time to turn them into anythingContinue reading “More plums than we bargained for…”

What a load of horse s**t!

As soon as we arrived in France, I ‘adopted’ 3 very sickly looking tomato plants and quite a few chilli plants from the local garden centre. Since then I have added to our little veg plot quite a lot, with the following: French beans from seed (had to be done) A cucumber plant A courgetteContinue reading “What a load of horse s**t!”