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French Food Friday...Normandy pork casserole with apples, celery and walnuts

photo and recipe from here

Bonjour mes belles,

I hope that you have had a fabulous week. Last night I made this dish and French Boyfriend really liked it so I thought I would share it with you.

Normandy pork casserole with apples, celery and walnutsIngredients
Serves: 4
2 tbsp sunflower oil500 g (1 lb 2 oz) pork fillet (tenderloin), trimmed of fat and cut into cubes8 celery sticks, cut across into 5 cm (2 in)lengths, leaves reserved and chopped1 onion, roughly chopped450 ml (15 fl oz) cider or apple juice1 bay leaf300 g (10½ oz) long-grain rice900 ml (1½ pints) boiling chicken stock3 crisp dessert apples, preferably red-skinned100 g (3½ oz) broken walnutssalt and pepperMethod
Prep: 15min  Cook: 2hr  Ready in: 2hr15min
Preheat the oven to 160°C (325°F, gas mark 3). Heat the oil in a flameproof casserole, add the pork and fry, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes or until browned on all sides. Add the celery and onion and fry gently for about 10 minutes or until softened.Pour in th…

a bit of marsala...

photo from here I was not sure whether or not I liked this colour but seeing this photo has changed my mind. I think a little bit of marsala goes a long way... à demain, Leeann x

Monday motto...

This is my motto for the week, what is yours?

très bonne semaine à tous, Leeann

French Food Friday...Chicken Chasseur

recipe and photo from here
Bonjour mes belles,

Apologies for the lateness of this post but my computer came down with an illness which resulted in a trip to the Computer Doctor and I am pleased to say that she has made a complete recovery, mille mercis to the lovely Andy at the computer shop on the square in Eymet.

I am not a smoker but now have a good idea of what it feels like when you give up something you are dependant on. It is amazing what I got done this morning as a result of not being able to check emails, news, weather etc.

Today's recipe is a favourite of mine and the first time that I made this was over twenty years ago when I made it for some friends in NZ. Chasseur means hunter in French and although I am not a huge fan of hunting, it is never the less a big part of the French way of life in France and I think that it always be.

Chicken Chasseur
1 tablespoon cooking oil
4 bone-in chicken breasts (about 2 1/4 pounds in all)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black…

work in progress...

Bonjour mes belles,

It is chilly here in SW France but no snow as yet. It is perfect weather for staying indoors and I have started recovering another chair for the house that we are in the process of restoring. 

The fabric is a lovely rich taupe chenille and I purchased 40 metres so my plan is to cover a few chairs for the bedroom and then use the rest for curtains.

I am not a sewer but we are lucky enough to have a fabulous curtain maker in the village so will be contacting her in due course.

This time I remembered to take a before shot so that you can see the difference. The thing that I really love about old furniture is that it is solid unlike a lot of the furniture these days which looks great but is often flimsy and breaks easily. I painted the chair frame in Annie Sloan country grey which is becoming one of my favourite colours. I apologise for the quality of these photos as the light is not great this morning but I wanted to show you what I am working on. à demain, Leeann x  

in one word...

photo from here WOW! What a fabulous photo to start a fresh week.... Leeann x

French Food Friday...Le Crumble

photo and recipe from here
Bonjour mes belles,

Le crumble is a great dessert that the French have adopted courtesy of Angleterre and you will find in on a lot of French restaurant's menus.

This week's recipe was created by the fabulous Raymond Blanc and makes for an easy yet very yummy dessert and goes nicely with a boule of vanilla ice-cream.

Ingredients For the crumble topping 120g Butter, unsalted, cold, cut in to 2cm pieces 120g Plain flour 60g Caster sugar 60g�������������������������������…

magical video of Versailles...

Bonjour mes belles,

I just have to share this with you, it is the most beautiful video I have seen of the fabulous Versailles.

You can watch it here.

à demain, Leeann x

wise words...

quote and photo from here

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
The important thing is not to stop questioning."

 Albert Einstein

french food friday...Glazed rice pudding with boozy prunes

photo and recipe from here

Bonjour mes belles,

This weeks recipe has a touch of booze which always goes down a treat in our house.

I bought French Boyfriend a nice bottle of Armagnac  which appears to be going down a treat. I am not an expert in armagnac and hoped that the bottle that I picked was a good one.

I am hoping that he does not notice that I have used a little to make this particular recipe.

Glazed rice pudding with boozy prunes
Serves 6
IngredientsThe glaze looks and tastes delicious, but you can just spoon the prunes on top of the plain rice pudding. Get good prunes, preferably Agen.
225g agen prunes
Juice of 1 orange
100g soft, light
 brown sugar
50ml whisky or 
125g pudding rice1 litre whole milk, plus extra if needed 75g caster sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract 50ml double cream 5 tablespoons demerara sugar TO SERVE:
Creme fraiche MethodPut the prunes in a saucepan with the orange juice, 300ml water and sugar and bring to a simmer. Si…

New in.....Beautiful Sheet with Extra Large Monogramme

Bonjour mes belles, 
I have just finished photographing this beautful antique sheet, ready to put on the Fabulously French Online Shop.

The sheet is made from excellent quality, pure white "fil de lin" linen.

The monogramme featuring the initials "B C" is large (15" W x 13 " H) and is elaborate with flowers entwinted around the initials.

The sheet measures 94" W x 120" L.

So beautiful and unfortunately my photos do not really do this beautiful piece justice, it is so much more stunning in "real".

Under the large monogramme, there is detailed ladder work and stunning scalloped edgewhich is the perfect finishing touch.

Note the sheet is antique and there are a couple of places where the material is thining hence it would be best used to decorate where washing is kept to a minimum. In the photo below you can see a thin dark line almost in the centre of the photo and this is where the sheet has worn but there are no holes as such.

You can find i…

Something to make you smile...

photo from here
As soon as I saw this photo, it made me giggle.

Over the Christmas period we had a Parisian family come into the French Boyfriend's Antique shop who had a wee dog who was wearing a very chic coat complete with hood. The problem was that the hood kept falling over his eyes and he kept bumping into things.

I desperately wanted to laugh but knew that Guy would not be impressed so managed to contain my amusement. In a way it is not dissimilar to us girls as we often pay the price for wearing items that are in fashion but often not practical. For me high heels and cobbled streets come to mind....

One year I returned to NZ to spend Christmas with my family and I bought a  couple of outfits for my Mum's bichon frise that I had bought whilst living in London. We decided that it was a good idea to try them on Leroy despite it being very hot and the doggy jumpers were a little on the warm side.

Wishing you all a très bonne semaine, Leeann x

bonne année 2015...

Wishing you all a très bonne année 2015.  I hope that it is a magical year filled with love and happiness. amicalement, Leeann x