French Essence #2 – Wine

A few years ago  we worked for a while with a French estate agent helping to select properties we thought might appeal to potential English buyers.  Given most people’s romantic notion of the perfect French dreamhouse, it was not difficult to dismiss the ranks of ugly concrete shoe boxes and Spanish style haciendas which sadly…

Sunset Colours and Autumn Vines

Every day of September here on the hillside, has been warm, balmy and beautiful; the evenings noticeably cooler as the Autumn approaches but full of astonishing light and colours. I decided the other evening to take a walk down the hill towards the poplar wood where the sheep live, passing en route the tiny vineyard…

Recipe : Asparagus, prosciutto and baked goat cheese………

A simple supper of delicious ingredients, perfect for two. Ingredients :  A bunch of asparagus, washed, trimmed and peeled.  10 slices of Italian Prosciutto ham or similar.  Clove of garlic sliced into matchsticks.  A sprig of thyme.  160 grams of Saint Marcellin soft goat cheese or similar.  Crusty bread to accompany.          Blanch…