Skip to main content


Showing posts from February, 2015

French Food Friday...Croustade aux Pruneaux et Pommes

recipe from hereBonjour mes belles,This week's recipe is perfect for me as I have the prunes and apples and my plan is to "borrow" some of French Boyfriend's Armagnac that I bought him for Christmas.

As you already know we live in an area that is famous for having the best prunes hence they are easy to find and ours come from a producer 5 kms from where we live and they are delicious. Much nicer to buy fresh when they have come out of the oven to buying in a packet in a supermarket. We are fortunate that the French continue to support local producers and we know where each item on our plate comes from.
Croustade aux Pruneaux et PommesIngredients1 cup/250 g/8 ounces prunes 1/3 cup/75 ml Armagnac 4 to 6 tablespoons butter 4 baking apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored and cut into cubes 4 to 6 tablespoons sugar Squeeze lemon 6 to 8 sheets phyllo pastry Ice cream, for serving, optional METHOD Soak the prunes in Armagnac overnight (or perhaps use preserved prunes …

Market purchase...

Bonjour from a showery SW France, I purchased 3 hyacinths at our village market last Thursday and my lovely flower man advised that they would have pink flowers. When I bought them it was not easy to tell as all each had was a green stump of buds. Almost a week later and they are starting come into bloom and they smell gorgeous. Just what I need to brighten up a rainy day in SW France... à demain, Leeann x

fabulous and very French...

photo from here
Bonjour mes belles,

When I saw this photo, the words fabulous and French came to mind....

très bonne semaine à tous, Leeann x

French Food Friday...Easy Madeleines

recipe and photo from here

Bonjour mes belles,

I hope that you have had a nice week. Mine has been busy and has involved playing nurse as French Boyfriend has come down with flu or as the French call it grippe and this is the worst strain in 2 years. I decided that he starting cheering up so I thought that some baking may help. Started by making cheese scones which he did not like one bit.

I thought that a batch of madeleines may go down well but was interrupted by a local French lady who wanted to make a reservation and was well impressed when I opened the door wearing an apron.

The French are laid back when it comes to cooking and appear to be experts in whipping up a cake whilst carrying out other tasks at the same time.

It gave me a bit of a shock as I thought that it was our expected guests arriving earlier than anticipated.  Back to the cooking I went whilst French Boyfriend watched cautiously...

Nothing like a French man watching over your shoulder, at a time when he is normally at w…

can you keep a secret...

I have bought one of these fabulous  montgolfière style chandeliers to hang in the lounge of the new project that we are working on.  It arrived today and is bigger and heavier than I thought that it would be.

To make matters worse it came in a very large box so I am not sure how to break the news to French Boyfriend that I have purchased yet another chandelier....hence this needs to be a secret entre nous!

I love a bit of bling don't you?

à demain mes belles, Leeann x

the first thing I saw..

photo from here
...when I logged onto pinterest this morning, was this this fabulous photo of some stunning peonies, my favourite flowers.

Too good not to share.....I am sure that you will agree.

très bonne semaine à tous, Leeann x

joyeuse st valentin..

joyeuse Saint-Valentin à tous......Leeann x

French Food Friday...Chicken Cordon Bleu

recipe and photo from here
Bonjour mes belles,

Sorry about the lack of posts this week but I have been busy painting and I am at the stage where I am running out of paint. Not sure if this is a good or a bad thing but I will be off later to get some more.

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day so the perfect excuse for a romantic dinner.

As you know by now, French Boyfriend is passionate about French food and I think that I have found the perfect recipe for the main dish. It is Chicken Cordon Bleu but has a slight twist to it which is the reason that I like using Rachel Khoo's recipes as they are never boring and they keep the French on their toes. In this particular recipe Rachel has substituted the ham with sun dried tomatoes.

Chicken Cordon BleuServes 2

2 large chicken breast fillets
2 tbsp sundried tomato paste
75g Cheddar or Emmental,
thinly sliced
Small handful of rocket
3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp plain flour
1 large egg, lightly whisked
100g breadcrumbs


Preheat the oven to 200C (f…

oak shelves...

photo from here
I love these oak shelves and think that they work really well with the oak work top.

We have an oak worktop in the kitchen of our new project and I am currently debating between painted open shelves and wooden shelves. After seeing this photo, the oak shelf option maybe the winner.

très bonne semaine à tous, Leeann x

French Food Friday...Warm chocolate pudding recipe with almond-vanilla praline

photo and recipe from here
Bonjour from a very chilly SW France,

It is freezing here so I am in the mood for staying cosy. Speaking of cosy, in a little over a week's time, it will be Saint Valentine's day so I am on the lookout for some fabulous recipes as I am planning on cooking French Boyfriend a romantic dinner.

I think that I will need a week to get prepared as he likes to try new recipes but seems to prefer the French ones best, the exception being Guinness and Beef Stew, which he prefers to beef bourguignon.

Hence I need a week....

This week's recipe is one that never fails to impress as it really does melt in the mouth.

Warm chocolate pudding recipe with almond-vanilla praline Serves: 4
Preparation time: 25 minutes Cooking time: 9 minutes  Ingredients 1/2 vanilla pod 50 ml water …

Bonjour fevrier...

photo from here Bonjour fevrier.....the shortest month of the year has arrived so let's make each day that extra bit special... amicalement, Leeann x