• Re-drawing (and a recipe)

    Thursday, January 28, 2016 5 Permalink 0

    Nicolas Poussin. Et in Arcadia ego, 1638. Et in Arcadia ego I prefer the interpretation of Poussin's title to mean, "I also lived in Arcadia." That is, one now dead in the grave speaks to the living through his epitaph, saying, I also lived in Arcadia as you do, but now am ashes and dust. Others more popular these days ...

  • A start-winter meal

    Sunday, December 20, 2015 2 Permalink 0

    Jean-Baptiste Oudry. Nature morte, 1742. Sunday Déjeuner Françoise prepared another meal fit for the rich and famous, but made just especially for a small group of hometown friends. How lucky are we? "Why don't you take photos and write online about your food like you used to?," she asked, as I was tucking in directly with no camera in sight. "Because no one back in ...

  • In the bleak midwinter

    Tuesday, December 15, 2015 2 Permalink 0

    Visitation I thought it was M returning from work. The black car turned into our drive and the headlights started a long slow progression toward the house. I thought he was trying to preserve his new tires against the pot holes - pot holes I should have filled already, I scolded myself, but we are waiting on ...

  • City slickers and milking machines

    Sunday, December 13, 2015 0 Permalink 0

    Farm snobs I must be getting really French by now, because my snob factor is out of hand. We were kindly invited by urban friends to come into town this weekend for the Midi-Pyrénées agricultural show in Toulouse. They know we like these sort of "farm" things, they said. And they go every year. Won't we come ...

  • Green Tomato Confiture

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015 1 Permalink 0

    Not just for Frying At the end of the season last weekend we pulled up our 80 tomato stakes for winter storage, and in the process collected a whole bucketful of the last small, hard unripe green tomatoes. They were not big enough or nice enough to fry, but there were a bunch of them, so I decided ...

  • Cooking with Ghosts

    Sunday, November 1, 2015 6 Permalink 0

    La Toussaint La Toussaint, or All Saints Day, which is today, is the big decoration day for all the graves in France. We will go down to the village cemetery later this afternoon to take in the glory of the autumnal light raking across the splendor of thousands of chrysanthemums laid in honor of the dearly departed. There is ...

  • La vendange

    Sunday, October 4, 2015 1 Permalink 0

    Harvest time with A. & J. at their vineyard with the regular tribe of annual pickers. This was our third season. It's the most wonderful time of the year.

  • 5 years and a Mother

    Sunday, October 4, 2015 2 Permalink 0

    Even the best wine is soon bad vinegar except for the love of a Mother. This is the story of how we found ours. Anniversary Today marks 5 years exactly since I came to France. To celebrate, M. made the same dinner he made to welcome me off the plane 5 years ago: Roasted pintade, scalloped potatoes with cèpes ...