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French food Friday...Mango Panna Cotta

recipe and photo from here
Bonjour mes belles,

Last Friday we ate at one of my favourite restaurants in Bordeaux and the dessert of the day was mango panna cotta. It really was delicious and I thought that it is the type of dessert that I could make easily so searched and found this recipe....


Mango Panna CottaIngredients
1 pouch (1/4 oz/7 g) unflavoured gelatin 1/2 cup (125 mL) Milk 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) 35 % cream 2 tbsp (30 mL) packed brown sugar 1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp��������…

Bonjour d'Eymet...

Bonjour from a very misty Eymet,

The weather here has been unusual, unusual in the fact that it is not as cold as it is normally in November and today we have a fine mist which reminds me of when I lived in London and used to walk to work along the banks of the Thames river.....not good 'hair" weather.

Friday was a stunning day which was spent in Bordeaux at the antiques fair where we caught up friends, most of which had stands so it gave us a chance to catch up and also admire their wares.

There was a great selection of items on offer and I regret not buying a couple of items but was not 100% sure so best to leave them and I am sure that we will find just as good in the New Year.


There were a lot of people at the fair on Friday and I do not like to carry the camera as it is not easy to negotiate when carrying one hence I left mine in the car.

Managed to snap this photo from the parking area as we were leaving....

 très bonne semaine à tous, Leeann x

French Food Friday...Shallot tatins

recipe and photo from here
Bonjour mes belles,

I was hoping to get a post in before this one but it has been a busy week and yesterday did not go exactly as I planned as the light that I had ordered and waited two months for, arrived in a million pieces hence a lot of time was spent packaging and sending it back.

I spent a lot of time choosing this and it was the last one so I am back to the drawing board but think that it maybe a blessing in disguise as I have decided to have a chandelier in it's place.

Nothing beats a tatin and these are very yummy and make a for an ideal lunch or light supper.

Shallot tatins
Caramelised shallots and buttery puff pastry are a perfect combination. You can top with goat’s cheese and rocket salad to make a more substantial meal. Serves 4 375g (13oz) shop-bought puff pastryAbout 16 small, even-sized shallots120g (4½oz) caster sugar80g (3oz) cold unsalted butter, dicedSea salt and freshly milled black pepperThe shallots must all be trimmed to the same size a…

beautiful salle de bain...

photo from here

Bonjour mes belles,

When I saw this photo, it was a case of love at first sight. Too good not to share.....

très bonne semaine à tous, Leeann x

French Food Friday...Rachel Khoo’s Kugelhopf

recipe and photo from here Bonjour mes belles, I am in baking mode and commenced with making some gingerbread biscuits to go in a new jar that I bought yesterday. I realised afterwards that I should  have measured the jar opening first and most of the biscuits that I made are wider than the opening of the jar....note to self, buy the biggest jar in the shop or make smaller biscuits! Kugelhopf is one of those things where I have many recipes but yet to find one that really works. Everyone is raving about Rachel Khoo's recipe so I am planning on trying it out this weekend and thought that you may like to as well. If you do not have a kugelhopf tin, you can use a normal loaf tin. 
Rachel Khoo’s Kugelhopf
If you’re using very dry prunes, cut them into small chunks and soak them in 50ml cognac, rum or brandy while the dough rises. Drain them before kneading into the dough Ingredients 300g strong white bread flour 40g caster sugar1 tsp salt5g instant dried yeast155ml milk2 eggs70g butter, soften…

I finally did it....

Rebonjour mes belles,

Following on from yesterday's post I finally took the plunge and ordered some faux livres wallpaper which I am planning on using on a small wall in the living room of Maison No. 26.

Love the detail and the colours of the wallpaper....



Note we are currently at the rewiring stage which means that there are wires going everywhere.

I am just hoping that I have not missed anything off my plans and I am certain that the electrician is thinking the same.

Wallpapering is a few months off yet but this girl has a right to dream and I am dreaming of the house finished and ready to go.

à plus tard, Leeann x

Le fumoir de Monsieur...

photo from here
Bonjour mes belles,

I am back in design mode and this morning I am working on the design on the small living area of Maison No.26.

It is a small area hence I am thinking something cosy with a fabulous comfortable couch along with a bibliotheque filled with books and dvds.

Everything sounds so much nicer in French....bookcase is not a particularly lovely word whereas bibliotheque seems to roll off the tongue and sounds so sophisticated.

I have a plain sheet of paper where the sejour is concerned and as yet I have not sourced an item so I am fairly flexible as to colours etc. There is no natural light in this part of the house so I am thinking that I may have a darkish colour on one of the walls.

Along with the comfortable couch I am looking for a reading type chair, one of those wing back style that is perfect for sinking into with a good book.

It would also make a perfect upholstery project so all I have to do now if find one, easier said that done as I have been looking for …

lest we forget...

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

French Food Friday...Plum and Cardamon brûlée

recipe and photo from here
Bonjour mes belles,

It is that time of the week again and I am in the mood for my favourite dessert...I love Crème brûlée and this particular recipe has an exotic twist to it as it contains a touch of cardamom and it reminds me of the time that I spent in India. The plums are the SW France part as we live in the area which as you know by reading my blog is known for its lovely plums. Hence this is a melange of France meets India....


Plum and Cardamon brûlée

Serves: 6
Preparation time: 10 minutes plus chilling time
Cooking time: 30 minutes

You will need
4 plums
6 egg yolks
6 cardamon pods, crushed
300ml double cream
250ml Greek yoghurt
1 tbsp caster sugar, plus 2 tbsp for the top Method 1.Heat the oven to 150°C/gas mark 2. Cut the plums into small chunks and place in the bottom of six ramekins.
2. Place the cream and cardamon pods in a pan and heat to just below boiling. Take off the heat and leave to infuse for thirty minutes. Whisk the egg yolks with the caster sugar and …

obsessed with...heated bathroom mirrors

Bonjour mes belles, Today I am back in project mode and was pleased when my heated mirror arrived this morning for the bathroom in No.26. One of French Boyfriend's hates is that if he uses the bathroom after me, the mirror is misted up.
Not only does the new mirror not fog up, it also lights up around the edges so think that it will make a fabulous and glamorous addition to the new bathroom.

I have seen many in Hotels that I have stayed in over the years but this is the first time that I have bought one.

Hope that it is as good as I hope it will be. If so, it could be the first of a few as I may end up putting them in all of the bathrooms at Maison No.20.

à demain, Leeann x




anaother day, another upholstery project..

Bonjour mes belles,

It has turned a little chilly here today so I think that the Indian summer has come to an end, but it was great while it lasted.

French Boyfriend has given me a couple of his chairs to recover and I managed to finish one at yesterdays upholstery lesson.

They were not as easy as I thought as the front part is very rounded so a lot of time was spent playing with the fabric so that it sat straight. It is the first time that I have used stripes and I can see why our lovely teacher says that these and checks are amongst the most difficult of fabrics when upholstering.




The fabric is modern but the stripes give it a toile a matelas effect  which appealed to French Boyfriend, who as you know loves antiques and he was happy with my choice of fabric.

He tells me that he has another two identical to this one so my plan is to cover one in the same fabric and perhaps if he lets me, paint one white and use a blue and white toile de jouy fabric on it.

I cannot believe that it is alread…