Archive for January, 2009

New Year – French style

January 5, 2009

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He’d heard about a young chef (around 45 yrs) who was making a name for himself 2 hrs outside of Paris in a place called Caen. So we travelled there on the 31st – booked into a Best Western – and had a marvelous dinner – filled with lots of surprises and memories.

So engrossed in eating – when the restaurant staff flicked the light switch on and off a couple of times – I totally forgot why we were there! Then as per normal – people glanced around from table to table and nodded ‘ Bonne Annee’. So quiet to the aussie style.

Enjoy the photos…added are a few around Caen – and the fog whilst travelling there. By the way…take a look at one of the last photos of the food…that was a tray of different sugars they offered with our coffee and tea at the end of the meal!

The very last shot was the fog following us all the way home..



Christmas/New Year with the inlaws

January 5, 2009

We all had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas/New Year with the in-laws on the 28th.

We showered them with little gifts of all sorts – and we had a lovely lunch prepared by them. JL’s mum loved her gloves and scarf and the dad especially loved his new jumper. We also gave him the novelty tie – given to JL for Christmas from Betty! It went down well – even gave us a little dance with it in his hand.

I noticed they had a pineapple sitting on the side board – and as if I hadn’t eaten enough – I mentioned how I loved next thing they had me out in the kitchen cutting it up. Well of course – being an FNQ chick – it didn’t take me a minute to slice it up and added a flare of placing the top of the pineapple in the middle of the plate….WELL…you should of heard them..they thought I was the ants pants and wanted to know how I had done it so quick! Was ripe and ready too. Yum.

We brought along a lovely cake made by Pierre Herme – had chards of white toffee pearcing the outside of the ‘bomb’ cake. Very delicous!

If you’ve already eaten dinner – these photos might just fill you up a bit more..

Party at Relle’s

January 5, 2009

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People were to arrive around 2pm..and even with those numbers, we over did it a bit..and by a stoke of luck we had one guest leave and another arrive – so they crossed paths and so made more space.

I cooked up an Aussie spread…(the Frenchman wasn’t too sure of that word)..consisting of party pies and sausage well as fancy eggs, salmon and something a little different – mini BLT’s.  (I had some left over meat from the party pies – so I made some pie and peas for the freezer). Everything was gobbled up as they oohed and ahhed over the new kitchen.

We had a lovely afternoon – went on till 10pm. I flopped into bed that night I tell you.

Drool over these photos..

It’s cold out

January 5, 2009

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I had a big smile on my face…as this is the first time I really experienced it that heavy. By the time I got to work it was thick – all over the ground…and very slippery. I had on high heel (swede!) boots – so I had to trudge carefully.

All day at work it snowed…was beautiful to look out the window and see it gather on the sills and rooftops…really made you feel christmassy all over again.

But by the time I left the snow was deep! and much more slippery than the morning…it was dark, wet, cold and dangerous. I was so frightened feeling I was going to slip. I edged my way to the metro underground and was so glad to have some rails to hold on to.

They say its going to be -10 on Wednesday…so it’s flat shoes from this day forward for me.

I will take my camera tomorrow to try get more photos for you..but for now I have a few…notice its the same roof line as in my blog – but a wintery version of it.