Monday, 27 July 2009
Monday, 15 June 2009
375g pack Jus-Rol Sweet Dessert Pastry (or make your own!)
Roll out the pastry on a floured surface and use to line a 23cm fluted tart tin. Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to chill. Preheat oven to 200˚C, gas mark 6 with a flat baking sheet on the middle shelf.
Place the almonds in a food processor with the golden caster sugar and blitz until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the butter, eggs, plain flour and the Amaretto liqueur. Blitz until combined.
Remove the lined tart tin from the fridge,then spread the base with a thin layer of the marmalade, followed by the almond mixture. Scatter the blueberries evenly on top before placing in the oven on the preheated baking sheet to bake for 10 mintues.
Reduce the oven to 180C, gas mark 4 for a further 30 minutes and cook until golden and crisp.
Thursday, 4 June 2009
Sunday, 31 May 2009
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Monday, 27 April 2009
I have been meaning to do a little summary of some of the restaurants we have enjoyed both last year when on holiday and house hunting trips, and our Easter trip to White Shutters.
I have already mentioned the children's favourite in Matha, Le Pinocchio which has a good value set meal and a la carte, pizzas how they should be cooked, pasta, steaks and salads with extensive inside and outside tables.
We also discovered a very good seafood restaurant in St Jean d'Angeley called Le Mareyeur. We just love seafood and this restaurant is very family friendly and not at all fancy or formal, with great tasty cooking, especially if you love seafood! A 2 course evening meal with plenty of choice was around 12E, and even better a 50cl carafe of very passable wine for E5, a great find. A huge dish of moules is just an essential requirement for our holidays, and they serve up a lovely bowlful here.
A bit further afield in Melle (30 minutes) are two lovely restaurants (well there are more, but we have tried these two!)
First of all, another wallet friendly restaurant, Thai this time. This was our celebratory meal after buying White Shutters in January, without breaking the bank any further. I can't find a website but it is the Delices d'Orient, 5 rue des halles, 79500 Melle P: 05 49 29 26 48 Very friendly owners, and great value at 15E for 3 delicious courses, the soup was especially good.
Also in Melle is Les Glycines, a great setting for a celebratory French meal for two or a large table full of family and/or friends. We had a delayed 70th birthday, actual 44th Birthday, early 67th birthday and a very early 13th birthday to celebrate! A Logis de France award winner, Les Glycines is more formal than the previous eateries, but still very family friendly. Our teenage girls enjoyed their "proper" French restaurant meal with good service, and the Menu Terroir varies from 18E for two courses to E26.50 for four courses, so you know the budget before you start. I really want to go back and sample the Menu Decouverte, it looks a delicious experience.
Finally, another more gourmet offering is 10 minutes away on the Aulnay-St Jean d'Angely road, Le Moulin des Saules , the setting looks delightful, with menus from 25E, we can't wait to sample it, perhaps just the two of us!
We hope to discover many more delightful eateries on our future holidays..... and will start a restaurant section on the website very soon, at least I have some notes here now!
Monday, 20 April 2009
Friday, 17 April 2009
The salon has been a tip for the past three weeks, a positive heap of wardrobes and beds en route to other rooms once decorated, and DIY kit and all the paraphenalia that goes with it. Never mind the car seat that everyone has stubbed their toes on at least once as someone left it in a very stupid place in the doorway.
I have spent some time making my mum a quilt from these Moda Swell fabrics, fortunately I bought quite a bit and so my lovely eldest daughter made up some cushion covers and the banner for me. I was supposed to make a couple of throws as well, but they didn't happen! I think she wil be glad to get back to uni!
Thursday, 16 April 2009
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
So at least we finally have a half decent photo of the house and the pool together. We still have to plant some geraniums, and the weed killer is working nicely and the paving wll be pressure washed before the pool is opened properly in May.