A couple of food challenges for Lent

When I was a child, every Lent we used to give something up.  I remember giving up chocolate or sweets, grown ups would come visit my mum and dad and would often bring us some sweets and I would put them in a jar so that come Easter I would have this little treasure chest….

Off to Canada…..

A bit behind schedule – but part 4 in the Maisons-Laffitte round robin took us off to Canada.  This time it was more of a brunch with Mimosa (Bucks Fizz to the British readers) – sparkling wine with fresh orange juice.  How sophisticated – although Muriel is a little concerned that we will become known…

Turkish Cooking in Maisons-Laffitte

I am learning to speak French, a must when living in France with children at school with lots of French homework.  I go to a class once a week.  At Christmas we had a bring and share, started talking about food and how everyone came from different places – Turkey, Argentina, Belgium, Scotland, Canada and…

Discovering the market

Life has been a bit busy.  Settling 2 children in to a new country with a new language and a very different school culture has had its challenges.  Learning some French myself and making friends, taking over a cub pack all added on top has meant that this blog has taken a bit of a…

Roast Butternut Squash and Curly Kale Risotto

I did a bit of creating. I had bit of butternut squash left over from dinner on Sunday so while I baked Brownies for a Birthday Brownie stack (need to share that recipe too – they were banana brownies which just don’t quite sound so indulgent and bad for you, almost virtuous!!) I roasted the…

Cubs chef badge – chaos but successful

I think I have mentioned before that I am Akela for a cub pack – loads of fun but it is so easy to spend a lot of time doing cub stuff hence the lack of posts despite my promise to be a bit more active. Last night the cubs cooked a simple 2 course…