Amanda on January 23rd, 2007
Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup

Soupe de Potiron

This recipe makes excellent use of that most under utilised of all vegetables in England, the good old pumpkin. Every year they’re grown in their thousands and used as Halloween lanterns, their delicious tender flesh discarded. It’s a criminal waste. This is partly the fault of the supermarkets of course. They’ll sell you a whole pumpkin – usually only at the end of October though – but not a slice, and a slice is generally all you need for any one dish.

Meanwhile in the colourful markets of France the October stalls are awash with vast orange globes. Old ladies brandish fearful looking knives as they slice off precisely the amount you require – and woe betide your fingers if you don’t stand back. It’s a phenomenally popular vegetable here and rightly so. Perhaps it’s time somebody waved a magic wand and turned the poor old English pumpkin into Cinderella’s coach, and then it too could go to the ball. Read More »

French Pumpkin Soup Recipe from French Life

Amanda on January 1st, 2007
Thick Frost

Thick Frost

What a breathtakingly beautiful Christmas we enjoyed here in the Quercy. It wasn’t strictly white because it didn’t actually snow, but I’m sure if I hadn’t just allowed the secret to slip, you’d never have known. It was five degrees below zero, and the accumulation of over a weeks worth of frost on the landscape transformed our valley into a magical world of myth and legend. As we walked along the little lane, in a feeble effort to shrug off the lunchtime goose, we found ourselves in a tunnel of white. The laden trees bowed towards us, sharp rocks were slippery with ice and the only colour to be seen was the vermilion of the rosehips hanging like Christmas tree baubles in the frosted shrubs. Tantalising glimpses of the view revealed turreted farmhouses buried in frozen vines and dusted with icing sugar; witches castles from another world. Read More »

Frosty French Life from French Life