Tournesol still smiling

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Well it’s not the same champ we past before that I spoke of but it just proves there is more than just one field left at the end of October this one on the D27, where the leaves are changing colour so beautifully & falling from the trees along with the Conkers and Chestnuts. However the less pretty sunflowers that have been looking to the ground all forlorn and blackened, making oil, in the champ near where we habiter, have aujourd’hui been decapitated and gone to the great oil press in the ciel

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Dinner date at Jules gaff

Monday night not having to cooking for me, I donned my heels( still boots!) and a tad mascara as we had been cordially invited for dinner at 7:30 next door at Chez Julie et Andy’s our Landlord and lady. Julie is a teacher, she does a bit down in Toulouse which is about a 1.5-2 hour commute each morning 2×2 days a week teaching french engineering students conversational English and it seems general culture of being a grown up she’s a fellow northerner although they have been here 12 years and call it home. Andy who is also very hand is a tad more quiet than Julie who also runs her two on-site gites and a third on-site that belongs to their besties back in England and maintains several others with Andy when he is not being an odd job man as he put it because he being modest with his renovation work. They have two grown girls un-identical twins Blonde petit Sarah who is full-on chatty and tall dark timid Hannah who are both lovely and as you would expect SOOOOO different. they off to visit Uni’s in Scotland and Ireland during half term Hannah taking her Dad to Ireland, then off to Harry Potter World(they both giggled and got excited every time it was brought up in converstation.Im sure all HP fans understand that ay C?) Sarah and her mum (surprisingly not Mam in Redcar) are off the Aberdeen.  The Girls had gon on an overnight school trip with their wellies so it was just the four of us, the table was set with their wedding present dinner service and lovely old-fashioned cutlery.

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aperitif

G&T

Mixte Olives

Vichyssoise (traditionally served cold)

Leek & Potato to me and you served hot

Coq au Vin

Chicken in red wine with mushrooms onions lardons etc

Tarte de Pommes avec Creme Fraise

Needs no explaining – LUSH the base was made similar to a shortbread biscuit.empty-desert-plateThere was not even this much left but it would have been roode to take photos but it all looked and tasted Formidable and Julie had worked hard and did her self proud.  The Gaillac wine flowed withe the conversation and we rolled home ( ok so we walked) over the pebbles after a great evening. Thanks to The Butters.

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So here’s the plat I cooked for Sunday dinner – I used the word ‘cooked’ loosely the Confit du canard (Duck) came from the tin and the Truffade( potatoes with cheese) came out the microwave but I did steam the carottes and haricots verts. It was lush although I couldn’t finish mine but now as I share it I feel I ought to do the walk of shame, however I did take a walk prior to dinner down and around the hamlet.

 

Free range -Plage Libre

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Now that’s what I call free range and fresh. Eggs and mushrooms for breakfast? Michelle is so nice in her nature, trés gentile, tactile and very welcoming. I told her that these eggs seemed to have been laid on the wrong side of the fence, and suggested a placed it looked like the chucks had managed to get under the fence, however she said son mari had thrown them there after finding them in the sheep pen and not knowing how long they had been there! So one of the other neighbours Mandy (the owner of the horses and cake maker) insisted I took them and did the sink in water fresh float in water stale test but Michelle counter insisted with Mandy I did NOT have them, physically squabbling and produced two fresh from her pocket and asked me to have those, I took them straight home, enjoyed them with mushrooms from the market! Yummy yum yum.