Sunday, 17 May 2020

Almost an adventure.



Yesterday was a very busy day.

On Saturdays we buy our bread for the week from a tiny baker at a nearby village.

I picked-up a couple of large sourdough loaves, plus the above garlic-encrusted fougasse.

Outside the baker's, I noticed a small road-side stall about 20 metres away. I asked the baker what they were selling, and he replied 'Goat's cheese'. 

So, I also bought a few Cabécous (small round fresh Goat cheeses), and this really delicious looking 'Garlic and Herb' Goat cheese, that will go perfectly with the fougasse. Whilst I was there, the baker turned-up with coffee and croissants for the cheese man. How nice of him.

On nearing home, I was flagged down by my neighbour, José, who very kindly gave me some 'Portuguese' Tomato plants (my favourites), and told me to help myself to Cherries.

Just in case we were short of something for lunch, I also knocked-up some hummus, which was sprinkled with sumac.


Pool opening, pool cleaning, hedge trimming, bread buying, Tomato planting, and Cherry picking; it was a good Saturday morning's work (and a very nice lunch too).

I decided to leave my mowing until tomorrow; I was knackered. I pottered for the rest of the day.

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  1. Sound like a lovely lunch. Reminds me to make some Hummus.

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    1. I'm hardly ever without a bowl of hummus in the fridge. Love it.

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  2. What a great shopping morning.Everything looks so wonderful for your lunc. The cherries !
    parsnip

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    1. It was one of those days! I seemed to get more done than I'd have imagined possible.

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  3. Cherries are not even close to being ripe here. I love a good sourdough.

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    1. I've just come in from looking at my own Cherry trees.... not a single Cherry on them; they've all fallen off. Yes, a good Sourdough loaf is wonderful. Our little baker makes the best!

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  4. How lucky you are to have all this wonderful things.

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    1. We are very spoilt in this area. Not all of France is like here.

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  5. So jealous. It all looks fabulous.

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    1. Maybe, but you have Pork Pies, Fish-n-Chips, Chinese restaurants, Take-away curries from M & S, and Jellied Eels; to mention just a few.

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    2. Urgh jellied eels.. when I was a child I would walk in the door after school and there was that smell. My dad loved them and took every opportunity to jelly some eels. I used to walk directly back out and stay at a friends till the smell went.

      Jo in Auckland

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    3. I've never tried jellying them myself, but the ones I used to buy were delicious.

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  6. I am envious of your shopping. Your fougasse with goats cheese sounds exotic even to me. I am sure french goats cheese is a level, or two, above ours.
    Life is good !

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    1. The cheese was very good, we shall have the Cabecous for lunch today. As I'm sure you know, it's so nice to buy really good quality products from the maker. I've not seen this man before, but I'm sure he'll do really well roadside.

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  7. I'm knackered just hearing all this. I'll pop off for a lie down.

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    1. I wish I could have a lie down, my day is already filled. Lady M has the rolling pin out.

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  8. That's what I call a productive day!

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  9. Now that's my kind of lunch. It's what France is all about!

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  10. I had to look up sumac. I'd not heard of it before.

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    1. It's a middle-eastern spice. A bit lemony; but nothing special. Out of habit, I always sprinkle some on my hummus.

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  11. Sounds like a very good day. I make my own humous too but I'd not heard of sumac (despite my reasonably extensive collection of herbs and spices). It looks really interesting. I shall send out the searchers.

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    1. Chicken roasted with a good covering of Sumac is good.

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  12. Sumac sounds like am MP I am familiar with.

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  13. A delicious collection of shopping and a very busy and productive day. I decided to tidy the front garden. I dug over the beds and then decided that I would scrape the moss off if the drive. I woke up this morning with sciatica ..... I am really good with pain but this is excruciating .... I don’t know what to do with myself ... can’t even sit down ! That will teach me ! XXXX

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    1. I've been mowing most of the day, and I know that tomorrow my hips will be a disaster. Still, what can one do?

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  14. A very good day indeed.
    That Fougasse looks delicious

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    1. Sadly it has already been eaten. It's simply too delicious to last.

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  15. That lunch looks divine - as does the pool.

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    1. Life is good at the moment; but hard work.

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  16. Good heavens, I can hardly believe how good the pool looks now. "After" is definitely much better than "Before".

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    1. It's even better this evening; not perfect, but it will be. Water temp 19 C, still far too cold for swimming.

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  17. Ahh...a pool! How I miss going to our local lido. Sounds like a good day was had. Enjoy your sourdough loaves.

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    1. The bread is wonderful, we are so lucky.

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  18. Your pool looks so much better than stage 1 haha! Lunch looks good too.

    Jo in Auckland

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    1. It still isn't 100% clear, but it'll soon get there. As for swimming; it'll be a while. Still only 17 C.

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