Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Slowing Down

Whenever we are away from home, daily life seems to slow down. Although we may be checking out all of the local sights we don't have a timetable to follow or appointments to make. 

The job of organising and preparing an evening meal becomes a lot more thought-out rather than trying to work out who will be home when and how much time do we have. 

My days here start with a cuppa and a look through recipes knowing I will be heading to the local markets mid morning. Market shopping is a great way to practice my very basic French.

One of my first purchases (I did the same in Berlin) was a stick blender. Soups are such a great way to fill the kiddoes with vegetable and with all of the gorgeous breads, who wouldn't want to wipe up the last bits at the bottom of a bowl. 

The first soup was a delicious Potato and Leek number. The recipe says cream but there was no way I was letting the créme fraise go to waste. 

Another meal that didn't need just 5 minutes to prepare, but could take all day if I wanted, was a variation of Spanikopita. I had some puff pastry in the fridge so just used this recipes filling. I must say it was even better the next day.   

Better head off and get dinner sorted. It's only five hours away. 

Take care and slow down. 

PS I will add links to the recipes when I can get computer access. I am writing this using the app only phone. 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Adventure in Angoulême

The end on 2013 was pretty quiet on the blogging front with family and work all getting pretty busy before our adventure in France. 

Mr Mouse left Perth a little earlier than the rest of us and will stay a little longer when we head back for the start of a new school year, but we are happy to spend 6 weeks together exploring this part of the world. 

Not many words to accompany today but letting you know that there are some photos over at Instagram.  There is a button in the right side bar. You might like to head over and have a look. 

Take care and more posts soon. 

Keeping warm with freshly cooked churros and Nutella. Yum. 
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