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French food Friday - Rose's Carrot Cake

Rose\'s bakery has been rated as one of the best places to eat in Paris and her carrot cake is one of the best selling items on the menu. I have been ...
02-02-2018 19:09

Swap places with us in the Dordogne for anywhere in the worl

The charming village square which is 2 minutes walk awayBonjour mes belles,I have decided that if we do not start thinking about booking a holiday now...
27-01-2018 19:11

Tarte Suisse Aux Pommes

Bonjour mes belles, I was originally going to wait until Friday to share this recipe with you but after posting a photo on instagram yesterday, I have...
22-01-2018 19:12

French food Friday - Tarte Tatin

This recipe is taken from Raymond Blanc?s book Foolproof  French Cookery, which as you know is a favourite of mine. Note  I do not have a tatin dish...
12-01-2018 19:14

French food Friday - Gallette des rois

Bonjour me belles,I hope that you are having a fabulous week. The first day or so of 2018 felt a bit odd but I am now in the swing of things.Yesterday...
05-01-2018 19:13
02-01-2018 19:13

3, 2, 1? Bonne Annťe

Wishing you all a fabulous 2018, hoping that all of your (and our) dreams come true...amicalement, Leeann x...
02-01-2018 19:13

French Food Friday - Chocolate and Almond Flourless Cake

Bonjour mes belles,Not many sleeps to go now and Christmas will be here.The prťsents are wrapped and under the tree and all that remains is some Chris...
22-12-2017 19:13

Making Panettone

Since we have returned from Normandy it has been a hive of activity here and I have realised that we are not as prepared for Christmas as we should be...
15-12-2017 19:09

Normandy we love you

How can you not fall in love with Normandy"  There is something magical about this fabulous region and I think that it is to do with the light. Hence...
06-12-2017 19:13

Bonjour decembre

Bonjour from a very chilly SW France,We have just returned from spending two weeks in Normandy and ironically it was warmer there than it has been her...
04-12-2017 19:11

French Food Friday - Soupe ŗ l'oignon

Bonjour from a chilly SW France,We have a lot of onions and as it has turned cold, I am turning to one of my go to recipes by the faulous and very Fre...
10-11-2017 19:11

Bonjour from a chilly Eymet

IThis week has seen temperatures dip dramatically and there is a lot of snow in the Pyrenees so the skiers are happy. Last week was lovely and warm he...
07-11-2017 19:14

Chrysanthemum Fever

It is that time of the year when no matter where you look in France, you see Chrysanthemums. Featured on the French news last night was a seller who p...
30-10-2017 19:08

French Food Friday - Easy Roast Pumpkin Soup

Everywhere I look I see pumpkins and I have been busy this week making soup and tagines which are now being stored in the freezer.  I particularly li...
28-10-2017 19:08

H is for Hortensia/ Hydrangea

Hydrangeas/Hortensias call them what you may, I adore them and I am planning on drying these beauties.Note the moet and chandon champagne bucket is fo...
25-10-2017 19:13

Sunday drive in the country

Autumn has to be one of the most beautiful seasons and here in SW France it really is a magical time of the year.    The vines are looking fabulous...
23-10-2017 19:10

Our shop - latest finds

I am finally getting around to updating our online shop.Just listed is this set of 8 fabulous monogrammed napkins. We use ours a lot and they add a to...
16-10-2017 19:17

Recommended reading - Con Kabir

Con Kabir by Vinod Gairola was among the best selected crime mystery thrillers at Paris salon du livre held tearlier his year in March.?The book is a ...
14-10-2017 19:12

French food Friday - Verrines Filled With Duck Confit, Ceps

When I saw this recipe, I thought this is perfect for me  to cook for  French Boyfriend as it is a bit different to plain duck confit which we eat q...
13-10-2017 19:10

French Food Friday - Raymond Blanc"s Pan-fried Fillet o

 photo and recipe from here Apologies that this post is three days late but I am playing catch up as late is better than never... Entre nous the la...
09-10-2017 19:09

Market Day

Today was market day in our village and what a beautiful day it was. We had beautiful blue sky and it was great to see a lot of "new" items on the ven...
05-10-2017 19:12

Apple festival

Bonjour mes belles,Yesterday our guests had to leave at 7h30 as they had an early flight, which meant that we were able to hunt for some stock for t...
02-10-2017 19:16

French food Friday - Chocolate, prune & brandy fondants

photo and  recipe from hereBonjour mes belles,I purchased French Boyfriend a fabulous bottle of armagnac for his birthday and used some to cook him a...
29-09-2017 19:11

love this colour

We are getting ready to start another project which will involve some more painting. On Sunday we visited a local antiques market and passed the hous...
27-09-2017 19:11

Gluten Free Raspberry & Lemon Muffins

Bonjour from a sunny SW France,After a week of rain, we finally have lots of lovely sunshine forecast for the next 10 days or so.Perfect for both us a...
22-09-2017 19:12

French Food Friday - Plum Clafoutis

recipe and photo from hereWe have just woken  up to a very chilly 10 dgrees this morning so my plan is to start baking while it is cool.Most of the p...
01-09-2017 19:13

it's plum season in SW France

French boyfriend asked me if I would like some plums to give to our guests. A few hours later,he returns with 4 kilos of freshly picked organic plums ...
30-08-2017 19:12

french food friday - Ham and Gruyťre Risotto

recipe and photo from hereBonjour mes belles,Today is the first day that I have not had a stack of courgettes staring at me from my kitchern work top....
25-08-2017 19:13

Picnic weather

Bonjout from a sunny SW France,The weather here is lovely and sunny, perfect weather for a picnic or as the French spell it pique-nique.The French tak...
22-08-2017 19:14

French Food Friday - Lemon and blueberry madeleines.

recipe and photo from hereBonjour mes belles,It is time to get your madeleine tins out as I have found a fabulous and very yummy recipe.... Lemon and ...
18-08-2017 19:12

French food Friday - Nutella Chocolate Pots with CrŤme FraÓc

 recipe and photo from hereBonjour from a sunny SW France,Sorry for the lack of posts but I have been busy looking after our guests and baking and si...
11-08-2017 19:14

French Food Friday - Nutella and Banana Muffins

Bonjour mes belles,What a week! This week Maison No.20 turned 8 years old and I was not sure what kind of birthday cake I would make to mark the occas...
04-08-2017 19:09

Bonjour aoŻt

So happy that the month of aoŻt has arrived.I have a feeling it is going to be a fabulous month....amicalement, Leeann x ...
01-08-2017 19:11

Sunday Brocante

 Bonjour mes belles,I cannot believe that it is the last day of July already and I am looking forward to starting a fabulous new month tomorrow.The b...
31-07-2017 19:12

bon week-end ŗ tous

Where ever you are, what ever you are doing, here\'s wishing you a fabulous weekend.I am hoping to do a bit of shopping at the brocante that is taking...
29-07-2017 19:10

French food Friday -Salade de betteraves et carottes

Bonjour mes belles,We have a house full of vegetables at present and I am looking for recipes that call for lots of vegetables.Today is beetroot day o...
28-07-2017 19:08

Sunday finds...

I have just added a few of these fabulous French agricultural medals to ...
24-07-2017 19:11

French food Friday - Smoked Salmon Omlette

photo and recipe from hereSorry that this post is a bit late but it was a busy week and I am just starting to catch up with chores that did not get do...
23-07-2017 19:13

Rosewater and it's benefits

 photo from hereBonjour mes belles,I purchased a bottle of rosewater the other day and I was intending to use it for cooking.Searched on google (what...
19-07-2017 19:11

French food Friday - Chocolate Cupcakes

 recipe from hereBonjour mes belles,This is not a French recipe but I served them up yesterday as our village hosted stage 11 and I wanted to make so...
14-07-2017 19:10

Happy Bastille Day

¬†Libertť, …galitť, Fraternitť Happy Bastille day....bon 14 juillet la France!Leeann xLibertť, …galitť, Fraternitť...
14-07-2017 19:10

Tour de France fever

Bonjour mes belles,Apologies for the lack of posts this week but this week was the  week that the Tour de France was taking place in the Dordogne ear...
13-07-2017 19:12

French food Friday - Baguette aux miettes de dinde et pesto

recipe and photo from Zest magazine December 2011Bonjour from a very warm SW France,I am always on the hunt for new ideas for lunch. As you know Frenc...
07-07-2017 19:13

fabulous shop window display

As you already know our village is hosting stage 11 of the Tour de France next Wednesday and the village is looking fabulous with tour de France inspi...
05-07-2017 19:07

French food Friday -madeleines au cappuccino

Bonjour mes belles,Apologies that this post is a bit late but it has been another busy week and the summer season is underway. I recently purchased a...
01-07-2017 19:07

a piece of French history

Bonjour  from a cooler SW France,Apologies for being AWOL this week but I have been busy repainting our bedroom/I just have half the ceiling to go an...
29-06-2017 19:09

French food Friday - Raspberry Clafoutis

photo and recipe from here  Bonjour mes belles,It has been a very hot week and it is now starting to cool down. This week  I have not been in the mo...
23-06-2017 19:08

cleaning with vinegar

photo and tips from hereBonjour from a very hot SW France,According to the local news there are two rťgions experiencing a heat wave; Paris and SW Fra...
19-06-2017 19:18
16-06-2017 19:14

Champagne and roses

Bonjour mes belles,No they are not for me, the roses and champagne have been ordered by our guest as a surprise for his wife\'s birthday. Such a lovel...
12-06-2017 19:13

French Food Friday - Pan Bagnat

photo and recipe from hereAs soon as French Boyfriend enters our kitchen, he asks what are we going to eat" As you know eating is taken very seriously...
09-06-2017 19:13

a pop of colour

There is nothing like a couple of hortensias to add a bit of pop to a neutral decor.Normally I prefer the blue but I am loving the burst of colour the...
06-06-2017 19:11

Look what I found

Bonjour mes belles,Yesterday we had a vide-grenier taking place in the village in which we live and it was a large one -  250 stands.Bigger does not ...
05-06-2017 19:12

French food Friday - Chocolate and Raspberry Friands

Bonjour from a sunny SW France,It has been a busy week baking wise and these chocolate and raspberry friands were a hit with both friends and guests. ...
02-06-2017 19:13

NZ oignon anyone...

I could not resist taking a photo as it is rare to see products from other countries in the region in which we live and even rarer to find products th...
31-05-2017 19:13

French Food Friday - Basque Chicken

 recipe and photo from hereThis chicken stew is a French classic that was actually invented in a Paris restaurant and has nothing to do with the Bas...
26-05-2017 19:13

Bonjour ŗ tous

Here we have lot\'s of lovely sunshine and it  is as if Summer has arrived early. It starts of a bit chilly in the morning but by the time that the a...
24-05-2017 19:23

Friday flowers - Peonies

Bonjour mes belles,What a fabulous week and one of the things that made it fabulous was the fact that we have had some lovely guests staying and I fee...
19-05-2017 19:11

Roses everywhere - lots of photos

Bonjour from a sunny SW France,The weather here has been glorious and it is set to continue until  Thursday when the temperatures are forecast to ret...
15-05-2017 19:12

French Food Friday - Tarragon Chicken

 recipe and photo from hereThis is on my to do list for the weekend, just need to find me some morel mushrooms and I am set...  Tarragon Chicken Se...
12-05-2017 19:27

A load of lovely linen

Last week-end we met the owner of a local chateau, he mentioned that he was having a bit of a clear out and would we be interested in going around to ...
11-05-2017 19:13

A busy week

Bonjour mes belles,It has been a busy week as I have been working with a company in India who have designed a new website for Maison No.20. You can fi...
04-05-2017 19:15

Fabulous and very French

A stunning front door with the most fabulous¬† hardware, I love that heart shaped key hole, c\'est trŤs romantique....ŗ demain, Leeann x...
01-05-2017 19:16
25-04-2017 19:12

Perfect Picnic Weather...

Bonjour from a very sunny SW France,Yesterday was like a summers day albeit a chilly start but it quickly warmed up to 24 degrees. Perfect weather fo...
24-04-2017 19:16

French food Friday...Classic Lemon Tart

 recipe and photo from here This week I am in the mood for something with lovely lemons, here is a recipe from one of my favourite food blogs writte...
21-04-2017 19:11

chilled out

After a very busy Easter, I think that some rest and recreation is required. These local cows seem so relazed having a snooze in the lovely Spring sun...
19-04-2017 19:09

French Food Friday - Chocolate Biscuits

Bonjour mes belles,This week\'s recippe is a favourite and is a hit with young and old. I have already made a couple of batches this week.Chocolate Bi...
14-04-2017 19:11

Perfect for Easter - Coconut Macaroon Nutella Nests

recipe and photo from hereToday is the calm before the storm as tomorrow is the day that I start preparing for Easter. Our house appears to have been ...
11-04-2017 19:37

lovely lilacs

Bonjour mes belles,Sorry for the lack of post on Friday but it has been a busy few days and I promise that I will make it up to you with two recipes t...
09-04-2017 19:09

for Elizabeth

ancien laverie, MontresorElizabeth commented on my post about the laverie that she had three in her village and it reminded me of one that we had visi...
06-04-2017 19:07

1789 Rights of "Man"

Bonjour mes belles,I purchased this affiche on Sunday and I had a lot of fun during the negotiation process.As a firm believer in woman\'s rights,afte...
06-04-2017 19:07

doing the washing

Bonjour mes belles,It has been an eventful weekend as I developed a horrible toothache which required a visit to an emergency dentist.The emergency de...
03-04-2017 19:10

French Food Friday - Gordon Ramsay's Lemon & Poppyseed Madel

This week\'s recipe comes from one of my favourite non-French chefs: the fabulous and often controversial Gordon Ramsay. Gordon Ramsay\'s Lemon & Popp...
31-03-2017 19:07

changing the clocks

On Sunday the clocks went forward which meant that we lost an hours sleep.End result when we arrived at the first vide-grenier of the day, there was n...
28-03-2017 19:08

French Food Friday....4 hour baguette

recipe and photo from hereBonjour from a showery SW France,This week the weather has been mixed; sunshine one day and showers the next...Spring has we...
24-03-2017 19:08

Who needs a watch"

When I lived in Istanbul I loved the cry of the mosques. They sound so exotic and for me, they were a reminder that I was  living in a fabulous forei...
21-03-2017 19:09

Friday flowers

This week has been a week filled with lots of lovely sunshine.We even had a pique-nique lunch mid week which was just fabulous.    Spotted these lo...
17-03-2017 19:09

it's that time of the year

It\'s that time of the year when the magnificent magnolia bursts into bloom. A truly magical sight and reminds me of the magnolia tree that my nana ha...
14-03-2017 19:09

French Food Friday Chocolate Madeleines

recipe and photo from here Continuing with the chocolate theme, I think that some chcolate madeleines are on the cards this weekend.  This is one of ...
10-03-2017 19:08

Friand update

Since Friday I have made two batches of the jaffa friands which have been a hit with guests and French Boyfriend tells me they are his favourite. I h...
07-03-2017 19:11

French food Friday - Jaffa friands

 recipe and photo from hereThis week  everything that I have made has chocolate in it. Continuing with this theme, I am going to make some friands a...
03-03-2017 19:09

fabulously chic

Bonjour from a sunny SW France,We have sunshine and 20 degrees forecast for tomorrow followed by a weekend of rain so I plan to make the most of the s...
02-03-2017 19:10

a new month....

Wishing you all a happy March.  We are looking forward to the  arrival of Spring as it has been a long winter. I think spending a month in New Zeal...
01-03-2017 19:12

love this word...passementerie

Bonjour mes belles,I have just added a pair of vintage French toile de jouy curtains to the shop which have a stunning red passementerie border.What a...
28-02-2017 19:11

French food Friday...Nutella Cookies

Photo and recipe from hereFor those of you that love nutella or are just looking for a new biscuit recipe, here is a simple and yummy recipe.Ingredien...
24-02-2017 19:08

French food Friday...Tarte aux pommes

I made this last night and it is one of my favourite desserts. It is one of my "go to" desserts and it never lets me down.Tarte aux Pommes Ingredients...
17-02-2017 19:09

Love vintage sacks...

I love old fabrics, the quality is second to none and they certainly were made to last.These old post sacks are a la mode at present with people choos...
16-02-2017 19:11

French food Friday...petits pots de crŤme au chocolat

recipe and photo from hereBonjour mes belles,Sorry this post is a bit late but we hosted a dinner party last night and  I realised that in my haste t...
10-02-2017 19:22

busy baking...

This morning I thought I would try out a new recipe and then for some reason or another, I ended up making  madeleines, which  are French Boyfriend\...
07-02-2017 19:16

French food Friday...Salted Caramel Macarons

recipe and photo from here I tried this recipe last weekend and we were both happy with the way that they turned out. Unfortunately they were all eate...
03-02-2017 19:12

Marvellous moss...

Sorry for the lack of posts but I got side tracked making macarons which came out better than I expected and disappeared quickly.The next day I went o...
01-02-2017 19:15

a bit chilly...

It is still chilly here with temperatures lower than normal across the whole of France but the good news is that it is going to start warming up from ...
24-01-2017 19:14

French Food Friday...Salted caramel sauce

For those of you that love caramel sauce, here is a recipe that you will love and you can use it as a biscuit filing, sauce for ice cream, cheesecake ...
20-01-2017 19:13

in the mood to paint...

 Bonjour from a chilly France,The grand froid has hit our shores and we woke to minus 5 this morning. For the next couple of weeks it is going to rem...
18-01-2017 19:12

Philippe Starck and a lot of sand..

An unusal combination you may think, but it is a fabulous one.An hour and half\'s drive away from Maison No.20 is the largest sand dune in Europe - la...
10-01-2017 19:10

French Food Friday...Mousse ŗ la Framboise

recipe and photo from hereThis week\'s recipe is light and perfect for when you want a dessert that is not too rich.Mousse ŗ la Framboise Serves:¬†4¬†...
06-01-2017 19:14

Feeling impulsive..

Bonne annťe ŗ tous!There is nothing like booking a holiday to make one feel excited and last night I impulsively booked us a holiday in the same gite ...
03-01-2017 19:11

? bonne annťe 2017 ?

Wishing you a very happy 2017, may all your dreams come true!Leeann x...
01-01-2017 19:11
 



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