Mushroom safety

Mushroom safely. I had been interested in collecting and eating wild fungi for many years and eventually, in 1998, I took part in a weekend course in the New Forest, run by a controversial German woman, Mrs Tee, which gave me a taste for the hunt. Since moving to France, I was lucky that there […]

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Ceps – hidden treasure of the woods.

Since I went on a mushroom hunting weekend in the New Forest back in the last century, I’ve been very interested in foraging for mushrooms, and on moving to La France Profonde have been encouraged to take every opportunity to do so. I’ve found trompettes de la mort by the bag full when out with […]

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A glut of plums!

A glut of plums!

What to do with all the plums? It doesn’t happen every year, for the last two years, there have been none or very few, and if there isn’t enough sun, the plums are tasteless. But this year, I’ve had more than I can handle and have been given some lovely greengages too. Of course there […]

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Hidden Orange Christmas Pudding

I am not a fan of Christmas pudding, Christmas cakes or wedding cake, I even had chocolate cake when I got married, considered to be very unusual back in the day. I think it must be the dark, denseness of them, but curiosity got the better of me and I thought I’d give Heston Blumenthal’s […]

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Apricots at St Antonin Market

Greek Apricots & a Visit to St. Antonin Market

I can’t resist apricots when they are blushed with red. At the moment the markets are full of the most wonderful fruit and apricots are at their best. Recently during a visit to St. Antonin Market, a bag full of the beautiful fruit found its way into my shopping basket. I had invited a couple of friends for […]

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Jardins de Quercy

Yesterday, I visited a hidden gem, the Jardins de Quercy. Only ten minutes from Aux Volets Bleus, but lost in the deep countryside down a narrow lane and thankfully, found by following a series of signposts. I took part in a guided tour by one of the owners M. Jean Donies, who not only loves gardening, but is […]

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Responchous or Respounchons? Cordes-sur-ciel Festival

If you’ve been in France in April, you’ve probably seen people in ditches clutching handfuls of droopy, green, bits of string, well, it’s not string, but le tamis – known in Occitan as responchous or respounchons, a popular spring delicacy in this part of SW France. The name varies from place to place and there […]

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Another Day, Another Walk

Three of us were checking a short walk for the annual walking club spring outing. We ate at Lou Bourdié, the restaurant in Bach, in the department of theLot(46), which was featured in Jamie Oliver’s programme. It’s a favourite of mine, and Monique, la patronne, always produces something different for us to enjoy. This time, […]

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Snowdrops near Aux Volets Bleus

The First Sign of Spring

After the terrible cold of February, when all I wanted to do was stay indoors by the fire, I am ready to get out in the fresh air now. Usually, at the beginning of February, I like to lead some friends on a walk from Verfeil to Cornusson to look at the drifts of beautiful snowdrops in the […]

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