Last Thursday we went to Huilerie Lacroix in Couhé with our neighbour Annie, to have our nuts pressed. We’ve been looking forward to this, after spending many a happy evening cracking our nuts. We guessed we had about 8 kilos of shelled nuts and we weren’t far off. 2 kilos of nuts will make 1 litre of oil, so 4 litres will be plenty for us to use. We thought we had a lot but Annie had over 20 kilos!! It was such an interesting afternoon and the owner was so informative. I will add captions to the photos to guide you through the process. We just need to let the oil settle now for 2 weeks, then it can be popped into a nice bottle and used to make delicious dressings and baking.
Monday, 23 February 2015
We’d seen some signs up telling us about an Enduro event in Pouffonds on Sunday, but it didn’t say where exactly. Roger really wanted to go so we enquired with our neighbours, they told us it was right behind our house. What a result, no driving to the venue, just a short walk across our field. Sunday arrived and this was the view (first photo) that greeted us from our landing window – a misty and frosty morning, but as it cleared we were amazed to see all these vans and cars. Where had they all come from?? We thought it was going to be a small affair but there were pits, a tannoy system, ambulance, security and food. Roger wandered over in the morning and took some photos of the quads then we both went in the afternoon to see the bikes race. The event was organised by FFMoto and over 200 competitors took part. Every year, a different farmer let the FFMoto club use some fields that are ready for ploughing. The tyres certainly help prepare the fields for the next crop. There was mud everywhere and sometimes you had to duck as the mud was sprayed skywards. Also, a tractor was on hand to pull out parked cars stuck in the field. I’m glad I don’t have to clean the quad in the last photo.
Friday, 20 February 2015
Monday, 16 February 2015
Wednesday, 11 February 2015
We have a lovely little Fromagerie up the road from us in Chail that sells this gorgeous little cheese. Produced by Jean-Noel Lavergne and his family, Le Fontadam is made with cows and goats milk and wrapped in chestnut leaves which adds to the flavour. It’s lovely and creamy on the outside and crumbly in the middle. Delicious. I had just taken a portion out for the photo, but Roger pinched some more!!
Monday, 9 February 2015
|1/2 green cabbage, shredded |
300g very thick bacon, cut into chunks
4 Toulouse sausages, cut into chunks
200g haricot blanc - tinned
4 duck confit legs (if you can’t get confit, use chicken pieces and brown them with the bacon and sausages)
3 large potatoes, cut into chunks
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 leek, cut into slices
1 turnip, cut into chunks
2 carrots, sliced
1 large onion, sliced
1 bouquet garni
Salt and pepper
|In a large casserole brown the sausages and bacon. Then add the garlic, leeks, beans, turnips, carrots, onions, bouquet garni, salt and pepper. Cover with water, bring to the boil then simmer for 1 hour.|
Meanwhile, blanch the cabbage for 5 minutes, then rinse in cold water.
Add the cabbage to the casserole and cook for a further 30 minutes.
Add the confit and potatoes and cook for another 30 minutes.
To serve traditionally, put toasted crusty bread onto a plate and pour over the Garbure. I prefer a bowl and crusty bread to dunk.
Serves 4 very hungry people.
Friday, 6 February 2015
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
This is what we woke up to this morning, just a sprinkling of snow. We’ve been told it doesn’t snow very often here, so it was a lovely surprise. Not enough to do anything with, so no bonhomme de neige and by lunchtime it had all gone :(
Not much news here this week. The house was closed up while we were skiing, so the walls in the lounge and hall still need more drying out. Because there’s not much we can do while this is happening, I’ve been continuing to paint the hall ceiling and the side of the stairs and Roger has been Mrs Mop in the lounge, cleaning the floor which has a lot of render stuck to it. We didn’t have time to clean it before we went skiing as the last of the rendering was finished minutes before we went on holiday. We have a long DIY shopping list for Friday which includes such delights as copper tubing for the radiators, 3" nails, wire strippers and wood filler. Hopefully we will also get fun stuff like curtains, poles and new tiles for the floors.