DAYS OF FROMAGES

DAYS OF FROMAGES

To understand the culinary revelation that are the cheeses of France to Britons of a certain vintage it is essential to understand life in the 1970s. Younger readers may not be able to appreciate the sheer awfulness of food culture in the UK at that time, an era when...
THE ULTIMATE OMELETTE?

THE ULTIMATE OMELETTE?

On the morning of the 21st April you may well hear the cry of ‘les cloches sont passes!’; the bells are passed!  As many you already know, one of the most charming French traditions is that on Le Jeudi Saint (Maundy Thursday), the church bells fly to Rome to receive a...
AN AFTERNOON OFF

AN AFTERNOON OFF

There are times in this modern life when, to use the title of a certain Peter Sellers/Spike Milligan film, you feel as though the day’s routine encompasses running, jumping, but never standing still. And this why the blog will focus on the joys of lying in the garden...
Why I Crave a Citroën Ami 6

Why I Crave a Citroën Ami 6

This year marks the centenary of Automobiles Citroën, and for many a car enthusiast, the task of selecting a favourite model is virtually impossible. For some, it will be the DS, the car beloved of Charles de Gaulle and famously described by the literary theorist and...
MARDI GRAS

MARDI GRAS

As Shrove Tuesday falls upon the 5th March, you may feel tempted to create pancakes in the kitchen in Chateau de Bois Giraud; indeed all the ingredients may be locally sourced. Mardi Gras is, of course, “Fat Tuesday” before “Mercredi des Cendres” – Ash Wednesday...
CANDLEMAS

CANDLEMAS

‘Candlemas Day is clear and bright, winter will have another bite. If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain, winter is gone and will not come again.’ Today is Candlemas – known in France as a Chandeleur or Fête de la Lumière. It comes 40 days after December 24th...