Sunday, December 23, 2012

The sun is shining this Christmas!

Hello everyone,
I hope you are all enjoying the run up to the festive season and not wearing yourselves out too much!
The wet weather has gone today and we are under some warm sunshine with a temp of 27c in our little hot spot corner of the garden.
I would ask that we all spare a thought this Christmas for people in war zones, in hospital, hospices, those who have no food, drinking water, the lonely, the cold, the homeless, anyone undergoing treatment for serious illness, pour souls tormented in their mind, the frightened, the misunderstood.
We are so lucky to be enjoying a relatively peaceful Christmas and New Year, there are so many in the world who won't be able to do this.
Peace to you all.

Monday, December 3, 2012

No roast turkey this Christmas?

Living in a foreign country can mean difficulties in adjusting to many things. Christmas is just one of them.
The French don't do Christmas day like the Brits. They have a slap up meal with family & friends on Christmas Eve and Christmas day is usually a very quiet affair.
So, the typically British Christmas day turkey feast is not common here.
That doesn't mean they don't enjoy the festive season, far from it, but it's a gourmet affair that usually consists of loads of fresh oysters (huitres), massive cooked hams, chocolate treats, champagne and nougatine. The latter can be found in abundance from mid December onwards.
I noticed this year, there are a few more frozen turkeys in the supermarkets, although the French still prefer their meat fresh, and free range chickens,  local lamb and all kinds of duck are to be found everywhere.
Fois gras is still coveted and handed out on special feast days and the apero reigns supreme at family gatherings.
So, if you are a mad turkey fan living in France, worry not, they are there to be bought, personally, I'll be having lamb and some local Cantal entre deux cheese, but that's just my personal preference.
Bon appetit & Happy Christmas wherever you are.