Jam Making

Jam Making - Blackberry and Apple Jam

I always spend a few days in Brittany making Jam, and this summer was no exception. When I arrived in mid July, the shops had boxes of 'Abricot de Confiture' ready for jam makers.  I always buy a 5KG box, and make jars and jars of golden apricot jam, some with fair-trade vanilla (you can find the recipe in my archive). As the days pass, we find More

Summer Fruit Cocktail

summer fruit cocktail with Pimms and Orangina

I'm really pleased with this Summer Fruit Cocktail.  I have had a problem naming it though, I thought of Entente Cordiale, but when I searched the name, I found there is already a cocktail, so I've settled for Summer Fruit, as that is simply what it is, a stunning combination of summer flavours.    I have also searched and searched and can't find More

Rosé – Summer Wine

Rose - summer wine

Rosé is the most perfect  wine to drinking on a bright summer's day.  Serve chilled, it's the ideal accompaniment to a summer salad or a plate of fresh fish.  I love the fact that it can come in a range of hues, from a deep, dark reddy-pink, to the lightest, softest, hardly there greyish-pink. Here in Brittany we've found it to be great for More

Roquefort, Pear and Walnut Salad

Roquefort, Pear and Walnut Salad

I love traditional French Bistro meals.  They can be particularly useful for busy holidays,  this is a salad that could be prepared anywhere: a holiday home, a gite, a caravan or a tent.  So wherever you are on holiday I hope you'll enjoy it. It's wonderful as a starter for a large meal, or as a light lunch or supper.  It also makes a great More

Buckwheat Soda Bread for Lammas Day

buckwheat soda bread

A friend gave me a lovely book (Red Sky At Night - The Book of Lost Countryside Wisdom by Jane Struthers). It is one of those almanacs that you can dip in and out of, full of all sorts of interesting titbits and  country lore, for instance the group names of birds.  I knew about a gaggle of geese and a parliament of rooks, but I didn't know that More