Category: Food and Wine

The Musette: Walnut pie bars

This time last year we were celebrating Thanksgiving in Montauk, Long Island. We much enjoyed the experience though found some of the dishes too sweet for our taste. While we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in France, I thought this week’s recipe should at least acknowledge… Continue Reading “The Musette: Walnut pie bars”

Beaujolais Nouveau – what’s all the fuss about?

Last Thursday was Beaujolais Nouveau Day here in France, the day these bottles of red hit the shelves. But I know very little about this “(in)famous” wine so I did a spot of research. Typically, cafés, restaurants and bars fill up with people wanting… Continue Reading “Beaujolais Nouveau – what’s all the fuss about?”

The Musette: butternut squash and sweet potato cake

During Lockdown II, I’ve re-started my cake delivery service to my elderly neighbours. This one is obviously healthy as it contains not one but two vegetables! Of course, many of you already know that the sweet potato is your friend when it comes to… Continue Reading “The Musette: butternut squash and sweet potato cake”

The Musette: Sunday lunch pie

My beloved husband loves a roast Sunday lunch, particularly beef, but it’s kinda difficult doing a roast meal for one. Inevitably, I end up with lots of leftovers! Depending on what roast meat is left over, I frequently make cottage (beef) pie, shepherd’s (lamb)… Continue Reading “The Musette: Sunday lunch pie”

The Musette: bean soup

My beloved regards soup as a starter though he will occasionally suffer it for lunch with a sandwich. So magine my surprise when he recently complained the mercury had fallen too much and demanded soup for his dinner. Yes, dinner! Now, of course, I… Continue Reading “The Musette: bean soup”

The Musette: lemon cream

It’s not just my beloved who believes no meal is complete without dessert, all my French friends are of similar minds. They don’t necessarily want something hearty, often preferring something small, yet rich and decadent. This fits the bill. I love this dessert because… Continue Reading “The Musette: lemon cream”

The Musette: spinach and chickpea curry

Although I typically plan our menus at the weekend for the following week, sometimes the weather changes such that we find ourselves longing for something either more refreshing or more warming. The Friday storm Alex hit was one such exception and we both fancied… Continue Reading “The Musette: spinach and chickpea curry”

One from the vaults: Reality, really?

I wrote this back in November 2012 and frankly it still holds true. I’m a sucker for reality tv shows. By that I don’t mean any of the cringe-inducing competitive “celebrity” shows full of people I’ve never heard of who are trying to revive… Continue Reading “One from the vaults: Reality, really?”

The Musette: roasted pears and nougat with chocolate sauce

You may recall that my beloved husband believes no meal is complete without dessert. While I can occasionally fob him off with fresh fruit, yoghurt or cheese during the week, this does not go down well at weekends, particularly after Sunday lunch. Sometimes I… Continue Reading “The Musette: roasted pears and nougat with chocolate sauce”

Virtual afternoon tea: still (just) sitting in the sunshine

Don’t you just love virtual events? Where would we be without them in these difficult times? Today I’m joining Sue from Zimmerbitch – isn’t that a fabulous blog name? – in New Zealand. So, of course, Sue’ll be tucked up in bed fast asleep… Continue Reading “Virtual afternoon tea: still (just) sitting in the sunshine”