Wednesday, 31 August 2016

I love a bargain.

I've been saying for the past twenty years, that I really must buy myself a pair of Jeans; but somehow it just hasn't happened.

I never know what size I am, and I hate trying-on clothes in shops.

Anyway, I saw these (above) recently in my local Leclerc's 'exclusive men's tailoring dep't', and decided to throw caution to the winds and buy a pair.

I took them home, tried them on, and they fitted. I had them washed (I never wear new clothes before they've been washed), and amazingly they still fitted.

So why, you may be thinking, is Cro going-on about a simple pair of Jeans. Well, the amazing thing is that these cost me a STAGGERING €6.35. Yes; €6.35. That's £5.40 or $7. A bargain in anyone's currency.

I was back chez Leclerc yesterday morning, and considered buying a second pair, but of course they were ALL SOLD OUT. 

Tuesday, 30 August 2016


Unless you live in the Languedoc area of southern France, you will probably never come across these Bougnettes (pronounced Boon-yet). 

My friend Julie brought these with her recently, and they were consumed last night. They had spent a week in the freezer. 

So, what is a Bougnette

The original recipe involves seasoned belly pork, bread, and eggs, wrapped in crepinette (caul), but variations exist. The ones above seemed to follow the classic recipe perfectly. A peasant dish made to make the most of small amounts of meat. 

They are sliced and fried without the addition of any oil. I think you can almost imagine the flavour just by looking at the photos.

They were consumed accompanied by sautéed potatoes, steamed spinach, and red wine.

Absolutely delicious; a real treat. Thank you Julie.

Monday, 29 August 2016

A Brighton Cat's Tale.

Imagine waking in the middle of the night to the sound of some bloody cat making a goddamn awful noise from with-inside a wall. 

They listened and listened, trying to work-out where the little wretch could be, then were forced to move rooms so they could get some sleep in peace. In the morning they phoned the fire brigade, who soon arrived with hammer and chisel, and cut a bloody great hole in the chimney breast.

And there it was; the little Monkey. It had gone to see what was down the chimney, and got stuck.

Here's the culprit (below). In disgrace.

So, why am I telling you about this? Well it all happened at my house in Brighton a few days ago.

The owners of the cat have promised to pay for the repairs!

Photos © Cath Gillo.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Sautéed Compost.

When my children were young this was one of their very favourite meals.

There were always plenty of vegetables in the garden or the freezer, and we used whatever was available. The recipe was never the same twice. This (above) was what I used yesterday.

I lightly boil the Potatoes and Beans in advance, then fry all the others together until nearly cooked; only then do I add the Potatoes and Beans to the rest. I season, add garlic butter, and finish off with a light sprinkling of ground Cumin powder. Everything should be slightly browned.

Often veggie meals leave me wanting some 'meat', but this one never does.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Slowly melting.

35 C in the shade..... it's hot.

But probably best to stay indoors.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Open the flood gates.

Haddock's is now producing most of what we require. If we were veggies, we would be totally self-sufficient until about November. 

At last our Tomatoes are producing plenty of delicious healthy-sized fruits, so my preserving campaign will soon start again. As usual we have a surfeit of Peppers and Aubergines, so I shall preserve them in Tomato sauce. These are our staple preserves for winter, and are used in Curries, Stews, Tagines, etc.

We also have Peaches, Maize, Apples, and Figs (just starting), as well as all the leafy winter greens.

Everything seems to have come so late this year. After an early flourish, it'll be September before we have our real glut. A strange year.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Philippe sings Luis Mariano.


My friend Philippe (bottom right), is a man of many talents.

We were together last night for dinner, and in-between the main course and the cheese he decided to offer all present a powerful rendition of the song below; 'Mexico' by Luis Mariano.

It was as if Mr Mariano was in the room. If you don't know the song; here it is.

Cheers Philippe. You can all now sing-along; as did we last night.!

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