Monday, 28 November 2011

Christmas is coming

They've started to get the Christmas decorations ready in La Gacilly, looking good so far, I do hope they dress up the bridge, it looked very bare last year.
A lot of the shops are being given a log cabin effect.

 Hopefully this weekend they will be finished, I'm looking forward to seeing these lit up, there's similar set ups throughout the village.


And I do hope they dress the bridge up this year, last year it looked very bare.


Sunday, 27 November 2011

Festival de la Soupe

Today in La Gacilly was the soup festival, you pay €3.50 for a bowl and spoon then set off round the village tasting all the different soups. La Gacilly is an artists village, sculptors, painters, glass blowers, all manner of different trades, today most of the shops were open and the soups served in the shops.
Queuing for a bowl, I do think it would be nice if the bowls had the festival written on them.
My first soup.
This was were I tried a pear soup, delicious. Don't be surprised when this ends up on my food blog, renamed of course, Rosies Potato and pear soup.
UPDATE, the winning soup recipe is below on the right in French, for those who don't speak French heres the recipe in English
3 large parsnips
1 onion
1 Corgette
1 Potato
1 tsp olive oil
1 tablespoon creme fraiche
2L chicken stock
A little grated nutmeg
60gr of foie gras in jars
Peel wash and cut all the vegetables except the onion that should be minced, Cook onion in a casserole with the olive oil for 3 minutes. Add the veg and cook for a further 5 minutes.Add the nutmeg and stock, Cook for 5 mins. Add the cream and fois gras and mix.
There was many different soups to try, you only got a small amount at each, even so, many soup makers ran out of soup early, such a shame as the tasters of which I was one of 100's give scores, and there was valuable prizes to the makers of the best soup.
Queue, for green veg and Camembert soup.


For me the winner was number 27, shell fish soup, it was superb and it didn't take much persuasion to get another portion. Although there wasn't a bad soup, there was lot of chestnut soups, not really my taste, very sweet.
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Thursday, 24 November 2011

Kenzo

Sometimes he likes to sit and watch videos with Nanny.
And some times he likes to get a few toys out.

20 years ago.

Freddie Mercury 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991
"Too much love will kill you in the end"

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Cake's with Kenzo

Today Kenzo and I made a cake.
His job was stirring and tasting.
And he tasted everything.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Got my meat in for Xmas

Normally we have turkey, but for many reasons I didn't raise my own this year so were going to make a change, I had thought of killing one of the geese, but I'm saving that till easter.

This year we will do our Christmas dinner the way the French do it, Christmas Eve, Paul, Dan and Mike are at work on Monday morning, no boxing day in France, so seemed a sensible way to do it.

Foraging

Foraging is something I'm keen to learn more about. I was coming back from shopping and wanted to pick up some pine cones, these make great fire-lighters. I stopped near a group of pine trees, picked up some kindling pine cones and some Christmacy holly, I then spotted some large Cepe de Bordeaux, delicious mushrooms and a lot of smaller, what I was sure was a relation to the Cepe, just in case I took them down the pharmacy and had them checked, all good eating.

Today The 12th Bourse D'echanges

These vehicles were in Intermarche in Redon, this was supposed to be a "Coming soon" post, we had intended going today, but we had Kenzo with us and forgot all about it, it was only as I posted this that I looked at the date on the poster!!! So "Coming next year the 13th etc".

Festival of soup

From a post I made a while ago, FETE DE LA SOUPE  here's an entry form.

Coming soon,

Friday, 18 November 2011

I has been a bad blogger

Ever since I moved my main PC into what is now the office I haven't posted much, sorry, but this means I have lots to post over the weekend.

Friday, 11 November 2011