Le Vendange!

Sorry - I've come over all smug because my grape harvest (vendange) has been formidable this year. we have been growing the vine up the back of the garage on a south facing wall. Those of you who have been fol...

Wrap up Warm!

We had our first frost two nights ago and not just a light dusting either:  the chooks' water was frozen solid. L ast year I nearly lost a globe artichoke plant in a very cold snap and I did lose its neighbou...

Pork and Borlotti “Cassoulet”

I had cassoulet in a tiny restaurant in Toulouse called "Le Chat Dingue" (The Crazy Cat). I t was freezing outside and I'm not sure that the restaurant's heating was working but after a steaming bowl of casso...

Hygge!

You can't move these days without bumping into Hygge: the Danish word for "cosy". I t's a lifestyle aspiration we have been slow to adopt but in the wake of scandi dramas and nordic knitwear everyone is light...