Frugal French Pantry October 2017

Frugal French Pantry October 2017 is all about pies. Steak and Kidney, Cottage Pie, Chicken and Bacon Ring and Chicken and Leek pie will stick to your ribs!

The Frugal French Pantry October 2017. There is something very British about pies isn’t there? If you walk around the average French supermarket there won’t be a pie in sight. The closest you will get will be a quiche so, if you want comforting layers of meat covered in pastry for warming up on a […]

Season’s Greetings

Season's greetings. Thanking all of my followers from Wordpress, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn and wishing everyone a very merry Christmas.

Season’s Greetings. It’s time for me to wish everyone a Merry Christmas before I sign off for a few days. I’d like to thank all of my WordPress followers for all of their support, we all know how much it means when we pour our heart and soul into our posts! Your lovely comments keep […]

Hot Dogs

What's your recipe to turn 'hot dogs' into 'cold dogs'? Here's a few ideas without onions. ketchup or a bun!

Hot, hot dogs.  Here’s my trial and error recipe when you have hot dogs and you need cool dogs. There is no bun, mustard, onions or ketchup here, just a few ideas. If you have read my About page you probably know that my life is somewhat ruled by our father and son Weimaraners, Dexter and […]

Lunching in La Rochelle Again!

Lunching in La Rochelle. My nephew has never visited before so we had the perfect excuse for lunch and shopping!

Yes, we’ve been lunching in lovely La Rochelle again, but we had a good excuse. My nephew has been staying with us  for the last week and the boys have been working in the garden, playing tennis, swimming and go-karting. There hasn’t been much time for culture so on the way to the airport we […]

Frantic Frolics in France

Frantic frolics in France: the hot water disaster.

It’s time for our regular Frantic Frolics in France. It’s not all sitting on a sunbed quaffing cheap wine, eating croissants and smearing ripe cheese on bread and doing nothing all day. I’m sure that many people think that people who choose to move to France are people with pots of money with a stress […]

Emigrating to France

Emigrating to France, my story of deciding to leave the rat-race, the hardships and work involved in making the decision to leave England.

Emigrating to France. It was two years ago this week that we got up in the early hours, deflated our airbeds, cleaned the house again and packed up the last few bits into the trailer and car, along with two relieved Weimaraners. They are always jittery when  the bags come out as I’m sure that […]

St Jean de Luz

A traveller's perspective on St Jean de Luz including food, history and language.

St Jean de Luz. On the south western tip of France and just  a few minutes from Spain, St Jean de Luz town is right on the seafront facing the Atlantic and the Bay of Biscay. With mountains surrounding the  pretty little town, studded with restaurants and little boutiques, surfing and plenty of coastal walkways it […]

The Grand Hotel at St Jean de Luz

The  Grand Hotel at St Jean de Luz is only five hours away by car from  us in Deux Sevres but as we approached our destination it felt like we had ventured into another country. You could describe it as a cross between Swiss chalets and fishing ports such as Fowey in Cornwall mixed in with a […]

Spring at Chez Le Rêve …..

Spring has been a long time coming this year but now all the leaves are out on the trees and the tractors in the hamlet are whizzing by ploughing in the surrounding fields. The woods are full of bluebells and the dogs are going mad with the new smells. There are baby lambs and calves […]

Cooking on Gas!

Finally, we are cooking on gas! Well it’s bottled butane gas as it’s the countryside, but it works. I can’t tell you how good it feels to be back in the kitchen. In fact, the last few days before the electric was connected were probably the worst as it looked so good but nothing worked! […]