We enjoy a glass or two of wine..I like pairing a glass of wine w/ a little cheese crisp..as you have seen here.. and here..
I just read Picnic In Provence..by Elizabeth Bard and her friend's sablés aux olives noires, romarin and parmesan caught my eye..
it is summer and warm and Provence~like here right now..
So I made them♥
I LOVE the addition of black olives..
I used Kalamatas.
And..you know I really like the blog "La Cuisine De Bernard"..I had made these a while ago..a long while ago..and recently repinned and remade..
they are really good too..wish I could incorporate a few black olives..
Jacques likes both very much.
Me? I like salty better than sweet so I am quite taken with them all♥
Not sure about Elizabeth Bard's opinion on my publishing one of the recipes in her book..so ..read it:)
The book is a good read.
I do have the recipe though..so if anyone would like it..let me know..I just do not know what her rules are..
Contrary to La Cuisine De Bernard:)
My gardens are in some parts wild.
I admire pristine..formal gardens w/ boxwood and lavender.. maze-puzzle like..
but mine are cottage gardens..not one is formal.
Strange..because I like order in my home;) I do..
but my gardens have to look fancy free.
Because I am not I guess;)
Bonica is a marvelous rose to have in a garden that gets cold.. (read Siberian cold)..year after year with no winter protection.. she rewards me in a front sunny garden.
Do you know the Kiwi vine?
It's abundant to say the least..every year I think my arbor will fall down..it is HUGE..tiny little kiwi shapes grow..and the leaves become pink♥ in spots..
Astilbes don't last forever..but the show they put on..in groupings is quite spectac..
I have pinks and whites..
and ,well ,clematis..what can I say?
I love to grow them together:)
They often make happy marriages.
And tell me..
are you thrilled like I am by a postcard arriving in the mail?
I love a written note..snail mail as we now say because of the speed of lighting emails..
to get a postcard in the mail..is a vintage gift now.
Arlene was visiting San Francisco (be still my heart)..and sent me a postcard.
Today's gift with the cooler temps and the sunshine ..and rhubarb from a neighbor.
Dahlias starting..a nana email..Mylène starting watercolors..she has my mom's talent..I hope she keeps it up:)
180 grams of AP flour
70 grams salted butter
45 grams Evoo
1/4 tsp salt
50 grams parmesan cheese
1tsp of dried rosemary
1 tsp dried thyme
fleur de sel
Mix grated parm,salt,herbs,egg,evoo,salt in a bowl until creamy..add flour in one shot:) And mix only until combined..I used my fingers for all..
Preheat oven to 190C
I suggest you let the dough cool in the fridge ap 1 hr.
Roll out thinly..cut..sprinkle fleur de sel and more herbs..bake for 15 minutes.
Let cool..and enjoy..
So I did sneak in a recent oil painting..small.. and water soluble oils..
I have 4 colors and white.. hard for me to mix and paint..
I find the water soluble oils..jelly like..
but..w/ my knowledge of oil painting..who am I kidding;)
I took this pic of 3 of the alphabet boys at the beach..So Max..Maxime is to the right..Oli..Olivier is in the middle and should be far thinner..and Lucas.. Adonis..is to the left..what on earth did I do to his arms?
My boys are always faceless..because as soon as I add a face.. well my alphabet boys don't even look like themselves..as it is..they usually know who is who..if I add a face.. a whole different person shows up:)
I love to paint..
you know that already~