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The Sunday before we left Paris we celebrated DH’s birthday with a family lunch at his sister’s flat and I was responsible for dessert. I wanted to get a large Paris-Brest (here’s a link to the small version) from Sébastien Gaudard, since I know that DH had been dreaming of it ever since Gaudard first […]

Date night

Last Thursday DH and I had a date night. Since Little Miss was born we’ve only been on a handful of these, so when we do get the chance to have a night out, it’s always an event. We were meant to be out for a friend’s 40th birthday drinks but we decided to start […]

How to make the perfect Poulet Rôti

We eat a lot of poulet rôti. If DH had to pick just one meal to eat until the end of eternity, a roasted chicken would definitely be the main course: it’s his eternal comfort food and there’s no way he could ever give it up. He’s gotten so good at making a mouth-watering poulet […]

In love with burrata

As I mentioned, yesterday we bought a delicious burrata at the market in Bourgueil. A burrata makes the most perfect meal when you can’t be bothered to do anything special but you want to eat something nice. Especially if the burrata, the tomatoes and the olive oil are of very good quality. Our dinner was […]

Tuesday market at Bourgueil, Loire Valley

By now you may have noticed that our life in the countryside is governed a lot by food and markets! This morning we woke bright and early to get to the Tuesday market in Bourgueil. It’s centralised under an old Halle (covered market), but on Tuesday it also extends out into the streets of the town […]

An accompaniment for white asparagus

As promised, here is my mother-in-law’s simple and delicious accompaniment to delectable white asparagus, made by DH, and inspired by our recent trip to the market in Chinon. A close up of the kilo we brought home. Here they are cooked to perfection, and below, your perfectly prepared French plat. What you will need: Nicely […]

A visit to the market in the Loire Valley

We’re back in the Loire Valley for a couple of weeks, enjoying the country air, but not the weather, as it’s currently quite grey and flooded everywhere. On Sunday, we visited one of our local markets in Chinon to stock up for the week. These white asparagus were a third of the price of those […]