Saturday, October 17, 2020

Abs...as in absolutely delicious..:)And absolutely beautiful.

 Thanksgiving Sunday was brisk and beautiful..went to my fave covid place:) Pretty much anytime place..












A lot of baking a cooking...

So this meal is just great.Half Baked Harvest..can't go wrong..we loved everything about this meal..but I used table cream..worked fine!


Pitch dark by the time we eat..but wow.So no pic sorry..

Period.

I just wish I had a clean up fairy:)


Thanksgiving I made Ann T's Osso Bucco but with pork.. MAGNIFIQUE.Served on mashed potatoes..

I can only share the pre-baked pic..


And you know.. I always thought I had the best apple crisp recipes..from my mom's to friends..to Martha Stewart..

Nope no one had THIS recipe.

I will never make another..started ths one about 2 yrs ago?

If you go to my IG post the full translated recipe is there.

I like to bake it at 350 though..and double it if you have a family:)

I like to make the filling that goes in the apples..right IN the baking dish..then I add the apples..and then the topping.





I loved her at my market.

That's it for now.

Take care.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Carbs ..and soups..

 














I just love breads and soups..For 100 years I never ate bread.In my family growing up..bread was not something on the table at dinner.Dinner was dinner..Period lol.
In Jacques' family bread seemed to always be on the table.
Since I was evidently and clearly overweight from 10- 15..(the worst years right? For bullying?)
I stopped eating bread at 15 to stay lighter..and stopped eating Fiesta Chips:)
And this went on most of my adult life..Bread? Oh no thank you..
Unless I was out.
But then..bread became something I could easily eat one year..in my 50's and I have never stopped.
Not in a huge way..but I do make it and love a slice here and there.
Love soups too..
I made Ricardo's bread twice in 10 days;)
Because I knew I would be having French Onion Soup twice..and other ideas were swimming in my head.
A poached egg on his toasted bread is heaven.
I have shared the link many times.

Marie made a small batch biscuit recipe and J loves biscuits so I made those easy peasy ones too.

Ricardo's French Onion soup is also ..so very easy..
Make sure you caramelize those onions..and I add thyme.

I love  Bonne Femme soups..recipes abound!
I love adding maple syrup thank you very much..kicks it up a whole sweet fall notch.
Remember when you make soups..
TASTE.. not salty enough and you are eating..well nothing really..pepper..  herbs..a lovely rind of parm..in certain soups.
For the Bonne Femme soup..I scribbled it in on IG..you can find it is this post.


Just documenting what's up..

Blogging is my journal..kind of..so I keep going lol..

Hope to do my garlic bed tomorrow.
Fall has definitely arrived.
Haven't received my  tulips bulbs yet..
Fairies are in the Sheshed..tubers dug up..some..still praying for 1 dahlia flower...Not praying anymore as I finish this draft..

No Thanksgiving..watching the US from afar..curious as to the outcome.
God Bless the doctors..nurses..aides..TEACHERS.
In the words of Tiny Tim..
God Bless Us Everyone.
And hopefully ..Christmas en famille is in the cards.

In garden terms..this sums up 2020.
Not having the opportunity to check out my fave nurseries..I bought 1 dahlia..I had stopped growing them because of earwigs and slugs..
But caved for Café Au Lait♥
I started it INDOORS so it had a head start.
This CAL was babied..staked..watered..like an only child..
many nights a sheet in case of frost because I had buds.

Even the night this happened.
C'est fini.
Good news..no slugs no earwigs this year..wow..
But no flowers.
And here you have 2020.






So I will dig up the tuber..and try again next year.

Still..
I prepped my garlic bed..ripped out all the tomato and nasturtium plants..
And thanked God I had had this work to do this summer...

And thought..winter..please be kind to all of us.♥



Monday, October 5, 2020

The beauty of my town~

 I went for a walk yesterday morning~ Some trees are prime some fading..








All our charming restaurants are closed for business apart from takeout.So instead of posting commercial stops w/ people w/ masks at take out..I concentrated on nature.

And we have CHARMING restaurants.I feel so bad for them.Open/close/open/close.


Last week another movie was shot here..it happens a lot..

Years ago this tourist town bustled with small shops.. then a huge city developed close by w/ mega stores and box stores..and the quaint bookshop let..the beautiful iconic clothing store left..I could name you stores many don't even know existed because I have been in the area over 40 yrs..many have spent their lifetime here..like my daughters.

Online shopping happened..

But we have special stores we will never do without.. hardware and food..specialty food and pharma.Doctor's offices and dentists.

A yacht club..

We once had a small movie theater..I saw Saturday Night Live there..then it was a fruit and veggie shop ..now a bicycle/spa place.

A cute clothing store..a specialized British Shop..Paint shop.. 4 churches at least:)

Cafés ♥

3 thrift shops.

2 libraries.

Real Estate Offices..

It is a movie scene..and I get to live in it.

It's not Provence..:) But it's home sweet home.

Wide open spaces..green..water..fresh air..

After dinner I went for another walk..






What's beyond?

Far better I hope for everyone♥

Meanwhile..I will thank God I live here.And will appreciate it while I can.

Take care everyone.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Madeleines~October~Partial Lockdown.

 



You can find where I got the idea and technique Here..for the chocolate..meaning 5 mins in freezer and her pics got to me♥

I did go to the recipe she refers us to..she has a link there..

But I ended up varying it.

What I love about this recipe is that it is equal parts everything.

So..

For us..only the 2 of us..I don't need a ton.

I used my smaller silicone mold I have had for yrs.I will do again with my larger metal one..You won't believe the mess I made w/ it the first time:(


So equal parts..

1 egg  weigh it

same amount of sugar

same amount of flour

same amount of melted butter

I added a tsp of honey

I added baking powder and a pinch of salt

I added orange zest.


Mix all..cover w/ saran touching the mixture refrig overnight.

Then I baked gleaning this article here.Probably the best post on madeleines I have read.


I refrigerated my pan w/ the mixt in each cavity while my oven warmed to 425F.

I baked for 3 mins.

Turned oven off

Let sit in oven 7-8 mins..

I was then supposed to heat oven to 320 and bake 3-4 mins..

But after the resting time in oven OFF.My little madeleines were humpy and perfect.

Then I did le chocolat♥

Everything you wanted to know about madeleines is here..♥


I did try this same recipe in my coated larger molds and they were not the same at all.Deep is the trick and my small silicones are deep.











This was a great recipe from the book Baked..Suzie Durigon's book.

I have learned so much from her..
Her blog is called Just Crumbs~
And the Best Banana Bread Squares recipe is on it.

I find even plain..out of the oven..the scent is magical.

Fall is definitely here and like all heartbreakingly beautiful things..it's only here for a time..

I can't believe the tomatoes are still here..

I made tomato jam again..  my favorite recipe is the jam in her Nordstrom's Jam Jar..

I just made 4 little pots..I am not canning any..just ready to serve here..we like it on many things.

I still really enjoy my 10 yr old car.

When I left real estate..I did not have to worry about a client car..that was  one of the only good things.
I delivered hydrangeas and I hope they got them..impromptu drop off.
If ever I need another car I will be hard pressed.
Funny..I did curbside one day..and the person said "Oh you have a Fiat?" You know what it stands for ?
Fix It Again Tony..
Hmmm..
But as I prepared to leave he said:"If ever you want to sell your car..get in touch with me? ""LOL.
He was nice..just being funny..

I like small..parking is easy..I never go anywhere but just saying;)

Hands down the best meal I made ..in the last few weeks..was this.
I renewed my subscription to Ricardos magazine for 5 issues (long winter ahead) and it gave you permission to see the digital version..well  not this issue the issue before this was in it.
As soon as it's published I will share.
Footnote  I see it was published in French yesterday..

Let me just say it's A General Tao variation♥
GREAT sauce,I impromtue'd the chicken though and baked it.And I did flour..egg..panko.
Spritz w/ evoo.
Spiralized zucchini and shredded carrots on top..I didn't have any edamame..next time..because there will be a next time:)

I always say I don't really eat sweets..I just taste..but sweet meals..I can favor easily.

Done deal partial yet again lockdown for 28 days.

What's up w/ Québec?

:(

People should think further than the end of their own nose.

This means..restaurants bars socializing and visiting someone is out of the question.
No one can enter your home unless they live there.
OK a plumber etc..yes..
But my daughters? My Littles?
Nope and nope.
More to come Monday  on the plight of my QC.

So much going on..did you see the awful floods near Nice?
Homes falling into chasms..
Very sad.
Next post perkier:)
Take care..take care..take care...








Friday, September 25, 2020

End of September~How much longer...?It's up to us.


 



One of my fave places on earth above...where Van Gogh stayed in St-Rémy~



What a crowd looks like now..Oli's game we could assist..the difference from last year is astounding.Our Oli is good:) Just saying..




Oh yum made the above again..Diane Morissey..Get her recipe for Her Stuffed Eggplants Here ..

So life is not getting better Covid Wise..I saw my first commercial that may knock some sense into people..a man..not old..not young..what is that? 55 ish..?
With a tracheotomy ..because of having contracted Covid.
I mean maybe if people saw more real life commercials  they would get the importance of it all.
I mean do you have to go to a bar?And to all the maskholes..wear one.
I am getting livid..Here I must say in all stores..you have to.
Thank God for that.
But I don't get families all getting together in a house when kids are now in school..we didn't before..now there is even more reason to stay distanced.
I hate it.
But it's a must.
I am torn between being envious of seeing people w/ their grands in the house to thinking..what are you thinking?
Am I too rigid?

Onto the cake..
It's from the Original Dish and you can ..Find her recipe here
Is it the best ever? I don't know I have at least 20 here that are the best too:)It's a nice one and it's better the next day..


Soon he will be part of the gang that digs up my tulip bulbs..
yep tulips..a glutton for punishment I am;)

It's funny what you don't see sometimes..  see that tiny winged thing?
I never saw it while focusing on my 4 o'clock:)


It had a goal:)Hard to see..only saw after..




Look how beautiful these still are..I ripped out my petunias..these will wait and be brown bagged.

And these never disappoint.


I was going to bring some in today and I offered 2 bouquets...but it drizzled..so..next dry day:)


Look how gorgeous the leaves on Bonica..
Still going so strong.
Sadly I ripped out my last Henry Hudson..a whte darling I have had for 20 yrs..she just attracted every chafe every japanese beetle..
I may not have circumvented the pests as we have vines that are eaten alive by them:(Do they attract the?
Anyway a hard dry annual  less summer here..
Hoping for far better next yr.

Our PM said TG is out of the question..let's work at making Christmas happen♥

Let's.

Being Canadian..I knew of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and admired her..but did not know the depth of her accomplishments..
We watched the documentary RBG and we  found it so interesting and informative.
A lovely ,smart, chic, loving, powerhouse.

I have read articles that mention her losing her mom at 17.
I get that..to the depth of my being.

Also on TV  we are watching..I Know This Much Is True..I read the book by Wally Lamb soooo many moons ago..
I must applaud Mark Ruffalo's performance.Incredibe..he plays both he and his twin .

Just in case you need something to watch while staying at home;)

Have a good weekend.


Friday, September 18, 2020

Fading Gardens and Preserving what we can~

 



You may remember the door in Provence I posted on my last post..I decided to paint it..and enjoyed every minute..s:)

Mon jardin is winding down.but I can still gather bouquets..I am waiting on my Café Au Lait Dahlia and hope it blooms before frost..


Zinnias.. roses..hydrangeas.. sedum..some lavender..
I bought bags of dirt to not be caught empty handed should we still be in this situation next Spring (Please.. no)..






Made my pepper jelly again..and made again..it is very popular in our family..Serve on cream cheese..or bake brie w/ it on top..
It's easy and gorgeous and so good and I always think of Josée when I make it.
A step back in time on my blog from 10 yrs ago..still making it..

You can find the recipe here..
I was not able to find small Bernardin jars 125 ml..ANYWHERE..called ahead..people think that during the beginning of the pandemic..  the plant was closed and production halted.I love those..fab product ..even flipped ..and affordable.No gouging here.

Footnote..found some..  nestled here until next year.

Those tomato starters are nestled in my freezer ..you can find the recipe at Suzie's Just Crumbs.




Well I got into my little zen quiet painting mode and did another.
If ever you go to Provence..and love quiet and nature..and oh so fall on your knees pretty..
Make a stop in Eygalières.
No surprise that stars.. architects..  have invested there.
I would be in..;)


The above is for every Nana/Nonna/mom/sister /friend who wants to be loved lol..
Nutella stuffed choco chip cookies..Just go to Instagram..Diane Morissey look at her feed..find the cookies..recipe is there:)


Some roses are still brightening the fading gardens..


That light happened again..I said come right in♥