Monthly Archives: July 2011

Fennel and Rosemary Pork Roast Open-Faced Sandwiches

I was looking at the Jamie Oliver website http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/pork-recipes/posh-roast-pork-party-kebabs and got this idea of rubbing a rolled pork roast with fennel seed, garlic and rosemary. I’ve done the garlic and rosemary before but the fennel seed was brilliant!  The house was perfumed … Continue reading

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Camerahols: Photography and Gastronomy in the Vendee

When I signed up for the photography class at Camerahols, though excited, I didn’t know what to expect.  All I knew was that Roger Stowell, a successful, well-known English photographer, had retired to the Vendee region of France and was … Continue reading

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Planked Salmon with Mango and Cherry Tomato Salsa

Summer food is nice, isn’t it?  We eat differently, better, during the summer in an unintentional healthy kind of way; salads, grilled meats, vegetables, fish, cold soups and vegetable tarts.  It’s just good!  And pretty. Planked Salmon with Mango and … Continue reading

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Bastille Day Piperade Tart

Today, 14th of July, is France’s national day and is the equivalent of our 4th of July. They celebrate with picnics, parades and fireworks.   I understand that some of the French are also trying to barbecue on that day 😉 Piperade … Continue reading

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The Paper Towel Holder

Unlike me, an unrepentant boutique shopper, my husband loves shopping in places that are packed to the ceiling with hundreds, even thousands of  “objet”, not necessarily d’art. Over the years, he has been able to find some great items, like … Continue reading

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Pistou Soup with Meatballs

French pistou soup is a summer vegetable soup enhanced with a pesto-like paste.  Maybe it’s influence is Italian or maybe everybody just gets around to doing the same thing with the same ingredients, more or less.  Jet-lagged. Anyway, I wanted … Continue reading

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Talking China, Eating Italian

I think it was in the early 90s that we combined a tour of Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China and Thailand.  Never tour group people, I planned the trip a year in advance, seeking out the family-owned, mid-level hotels … Continue reading

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