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fRENCH fOOD fRIDAY...Baguette & Butter Pudding

Bonjour mes belles,

I am in the food for making a favourite recipe of mine and it is a great way to use up left over pieces of baguette. It is delicious hot or cold......

 Baguette & Butter PuddingIngredientsOne Large Baguette Butter Sultanas or Dried Cranberries, or Both 4 Large, Free Range Eggs Caster Sugar Double Cream Milk Demerara Sugar Apricot JamBaileys Adjust Quantities to TasteMethod Serves: 2 Grease an Oval Dish. Thinly Slice the Baguette and Butter on both sides. Layer the bread in the dish, sprinkling with the Dried Fruit between Layers. Make a custard using 2 egg yolks, 2 complete eggs, 150g caster sugar, 300ml Milk, 300ml Double Cream and 4tbsp Baileys (or more to taste!) Beat until smooth and creamy. Pour the Custard over the bread and press down lightly with your fingers, so that the bread is submerged. Leave to soak for 15-20mins. Sprinkle with Demerara sugar and bake in an oven at about 150C for 40-50 minutes. Heat The apricot jam and b…

Spring flowers...

It is sunny one minute and rainy the next but is a lot warmer than a couple of weeks ago, meaning that Printemps is on the way.

We visited a local garden centre this morning and what a sight to behold with lots of lovely flowers everywhere.  

I just wish that I had taken my camera with me but I was in a hurry this morning as we only had a couple of hours in which to do the time I promise to take photos.

à très bientot, Leeann x

shop update...

Bonsoir mes belles,

How was your weekend? Ours was a lovely sunny one and it even involved a bit of treasure hunting.

We found a few items but not as many as we would have liked but I am sure that we will find more over the coming months as Spring is one of the nest times to be in France hunting for tresors.

Champagne buckets appeared to be the theme of the day, we bought 4 of them, including this one which is a favourite of mine.

I especially like the grape and vine detail....

One of the other's is simple but has a very modern feel to it.....

I love them as not only are they useful for champagne, they also make great vases or you can use them to store cooking utensils.
We found a couple of other items, will tell you more about them once they have been cleaned.....
Wishing you all a très bonne semaine à tous, 
Leeann x


Where ever you are, 
what ever you are doing, 
I hope that it is a fabulous one....
Leeann x

French food friday...Beef bourguignon pie

recipe and photo from here

Bonjour mes belles,

Hope that you have all had a fabulous week.  We are in the mood for cosy as here in SW France the weather has been mixed and there is nothing nicer than the smell of beef bourguignon simmering away on the stove, that and the fact that the beef was on special this week and our local butcher saved us the best piecesand this recipe is perfect as it is a French classic with a slight twist...

Beef bourguignon pie
Serves: 4
Preparation time:  15 minutes
Cooking time:  2 hours 30 minutes

You will need
1 kg beef shin or chuck steak, cubed
1 1⁄2 tbsp plain flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
3 tbsp olive oil
2 carrots, diced
3 garlic cloves, crushed2 onions, diced
2 bay leaves
675ml red wine (Burgundy is traditional)
2 tbsp tomato purée
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp cassis or sherry (optional)
150g lardons or streaky bacon, cut into strips
200g button mushrooms, halved
375g puff pastry
1 egg beaten
4 ovenproof bowls or pudding containers

1. Preheat the …

postcard from Eymet...

Bonjour mes belles,

I could not resist sharing this photo with you as the sky and the shutters are almost the same colour....note it was lovely and sunny when I took this photo on Monday. 

What a difference a couple of days make as there is no sign of blue sky today. Fingers crossed that it returns soon...

à plus tard, Leeann x

très bonne semaine à tous...

Bonjour mes belles,

It is clear sky here in Eymet and the forecast is for sunshine.....much nicer than rain.

Where ever you are, what ever you are doing, 
très bonne semaine à tous, Leeann x

French Food Friday...salmon en croûte

recipe and photo from here
Bonjour mes belles,

I do not know about you but for me, it has been a busy week hence the lack of posts this week. I appear to have lost the days in between Monday and today so am hoping that the weekend is a long and leisurely one....

End result is that I feel that I deserve a nice glass or two? of champagne and since it is Valentine's day it will be a romantic dinner for two. 

After a lot of deliberating, I have decided to cook salmon en croûte which is a favourite and  can be prepared in advance, which leaves time to decide what dress to wear etc.

Salmon en croûte
Preparation time:  15 minutes
Cooking time:  1 hour and 15 minutes (including time for the pastry to chill)

You will needFor the salsa verde:
3 tbsp flat-leaf parsley
2 tbsp fresh basil leaves
2 tbsp fresh mint leaves
1 garlic clove, halved
3 anchovy fillets
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 egg yolk
Freshly ground black pepper
2 x 350g salmon fillets, skinned and bones removed
375g packet …

from my kitchen to yours...

Bonjour from a windy SW France,

As I write this, there is a lovely smell of roast chichen in my kitchen and it is just about ready to serve. French Boyfriend has never got used to the idea of eating a sandwich hence he is happy and busy getting ready to serve our "free range" bird.

Hence today's title from my kitchen to yours as the kitchen is a place that I adore spending as much time as possible and even more so as a result of living in France.Do you feel the same? Dites moi...lepoulet est prêt so I am off now,

très bonne semaine à tous, Leeann x


amicalement, Leeann x

French Food Friday...Chocolate & Raspberry Mousse

photo and recipe from here
Bonjour mes belles,
I hope that you have had a fabulous week, ours has been another busy one and the paint is taking longer to dry than I thought so I have more planned for next week. Speaking on next week, St Valetine's Day is not far away so I am starting on menu ideas and this is one that I think would be perfect. It has two of my favourites...chocolate and rasberries, a very yummy combination.
Chocolate & Raspberry Mousse 150g · 5oz dark chocolate about 50 per cent cocoa broken into pieces3 medium organic eggs separated200ml · 7fl oz whipping cream1 tbsp dark rum optional15g · ⅔ oz icing sugar sifted plus extra for dusting optional300g · 11oz raspberries♥ Break up the dark chocolate and gently melt it in a large bowl set over a pan containing a little simmering water. Leave the melted chocolate to cool for a few minutes. Beat in the egg yolks and then gradually whisk in the cream, rum if including and the sugar.
♥ Whisk the egg whites to stiff p…

blown away...

photo from here
Bonjour mes belles,
Not sure what the weather is like where you are but here it is blown a least it is not raining!
Leeann x

love this photo...

photo from here
Bonjour mes belles,

This post is a bit later than normal but I have been busy painting shutters for our garage and they are bigger than I thought,so I have a feeling that this will take me a while.

I finished two and thought that was enough for today when French Boyfriend arrived and caught me on the internet when I was supposed to be painting....end result I painted another and have one to go....base coat. After this dries, I have two coats of oilt paint so am hoping that it dries realatively quickly.

Whilst day dreaming working on the internet, I stumbled across this photo on pinterest, I adore it and it appeals to me much more than indoorsy type photos....this is coming from the woman that was feeding the swans and ducks this morning  when it was so cold that the swans refused to go into the water to retreive  the lovely chunks of baguette.

Très bonne semaine à tous, Leeann x