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I have just finished The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall Smith so today it seems appropriate to have Redbush tea. There is also coffee in the pot for those who would prefer it. And, of course, Guiness. I prefer draught Guiness so we have the cans with the widgets in the them which is the next best thing.

For those of you who are peckish I have made a cherry Clafoutis. This is a French regional dish from this area and should properly be made with wild cherries but we will have to wait a while for those as the blossom has only just gone over. It can be eaten warm or cold and that on the plate is still warm but not for long . . . .

French biscuits are not as good as British ones so I have not been buying many of these but I do have an unopened packet of cookies aux pepites de chocolat et aux noisettes which don’t look unappetising. I was keeping them for unexpected guests as sometimes one of our neighbours from the village will call. If forewarned I give them Welsh Cakes.

Today we are going to a Flower Fair in a nearby town. (Bagnac, if you are reading this Fennie). I’m not quite sure what to expect but hope that it doesn’t rain – we have had rather a lot of it lately.

Have a good day everyone.

Posted at 9th May 2010 - 09:23AM   Posted by Arosebyanyothername   Coffee's Up! Comments: 10

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Tiggywinkle's Avatar Lovely to read your news from La Belle France, Rosie. You lucky thing. I haven't made a Clafoutis for years. Used to make it with raspberries. Do you ever shop at Picard the frozen food store? I find it amazing, and such good value. Tigger tells me you must have the Guinness cans well chilled to be really good. Sunny here to-day, will putter in the garden, prepare rooms for guests, and maybe think about going through Summer clothes.

Posted by: Tiggywinkle on 9th May 2010 at 10:16AM

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Westerwitch's Avatar It all sounds so idyllic Rosie . . . I hope the fair is good and that it doesn't rain.

I'd love a piece of cherry wotsit - thank you and coffee for me. Why are French biscuits not as good as the British ones.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 9th May 2010 at 10:26AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar The Clafoutis sounds lovely as does the flower fair,but I'm not a fan of cherries and if truth be told I've just had two scones(small bought ones not juicy big homemade)so just a coffee for me please.
Today I will mostly be waxing bears noses(that is putting wax on the nose thread not ripping them off as in the beauty treatmentShocked)...never a dull moment.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 9th May 2010 at 11:14AM

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Fennie's Avatar Just finished one of Emma's breakfasts - smoked mackerel, eggs scrambled and poached, tomatoes, bacon, toast, juice and tea - so am a little full and am not a redbush fan so perhaps I shall just watch. Hope l'hotel commerciale de Bagnac is still in business and look forward to an 11 euro lunch there shortly. Visited Knightshayes yesterday. Ghastly Gothic horror of a house (though comprising much craftsmanship) but such lovely gardens. Came back laden with plants!

Posted by: Fennie on 9th May 2010 at 11:28AM

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Arosebyanyothername's Avatar I rather like Gothic myself. Tell me about the Stické Court then.
I hope Emma is well. And the Petit Prince.
More tea/coffee/guiness anyone?

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 9th May 2010 at 11:35AM

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Frances's Avatar Good morning Rosie! I know about clafoutis, but have never tasted it. Perhaps one of these days I will have the opportunity.

All you write from France is great fun to read. Hoping the fair will be very fair. Please keep reporting!

xo

Posted by: Frances on 9th May 2010 at 01:23PM

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Camilla's Avatar Hello Rosie.! Yummy, all that food sounds delicious, as for the Guiness, gorgeous stuff, love the draught one too, had a passionate liking for it when I was expecting my first baby.

Hoping the Fair goes well Rosie, and the sun comes out for you.

xx

Posted by: Camilla on 9th May 2010 at 04:15PM

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Arosebyanyothername's Avatar The weather held - it was dry and pleasant but the Fair was a bit of a disappointment. Rather like a boot fair only more expensive and tatty stuff. There were some plants but the same traders as can be found in the local markets and not much variety, mostly geraniums and other annuals. Very little in the way of shrubs or interesting perennials.
How I enjoy the unusual plant sales we get back at home and the local WI markets. Never mind, we had a good afternoon out and Rufus only barked at one dog - an improvement on the last outing.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 9th May 2010 at 04:41PM

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Good that somebody remembered tea, when Bear forgot. Rolling Eyes

Posted by: Rob-bear on 9th May 2010 at 05:21PM

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Frances's Avatar Rosie, it's fun to hear how a French version of a kind of fair that I think I know locally, is the same ... and yet a bit different.

I could write a long essay on this, but the dimensions of this box won't let me. It would deal with expectations and reality, the participant and the reviewer.

Still want to explore clafoutis! xo

Posted by: Frances on 10th May 2010 at 01:18AM

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