Thursday, 29 September 2011

Le Creuset

Although I have stopped eating meat, I still cook it for the family and it has made meal preparation a little more of a challenge. I realized I needed a small frying pan in which to cook their meat so I could add it to whatever else I was making later. All this to justify why I *needed* a Le Creuset frying pan! Of course, a new one was a little out of my budget so I have been looking at ebay and le bon coin. What I would have loved is a marmitout - where you have a saucepan with a frying pan that doubles as a lid. But they are rather hard to come by second hand. So in my search for a small frying pan, I came across someone selling a mix of stuff for 20€. Here's what I got: an almost brand new dutch oven, a saucepan, a fabulous old gratin dish (perfect for tartiflette) and the exact style of little frying pan that I was after. Bargain!

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Mummy's annual weekend off

Yes, its been a while hasn't it? No apologies...blame Facebook, life, laziness or whatever takes your fancy.

I could spend this post filling you in on our exciting summer, full of visits from family and friends and trips to the english countryside and the italian lakes (well, one of them). I could even talk about what a great rentrée my kids had this week, what fun and exciting new activities they are taking up this year, my return to french classes and running and my recent conversion to vegetarianism. But no, I think you'd much rather hear where I am having my weekend off this year, wouldn't you?

This fabulous tradition has taken place every year now since 2008 when I went to Marseille . That was my first trip away and it was only for a day. Since then, I've had a trip to Milan in 2009, and trips to Chicago and Barcelona in 2010. Hmmm, 2010 was a rather special year as I escaped twice!

But that all seems like years ago and it is high time for another escapade. And what could be better than a little trip to Belgium. Yes, despite the fact that they sold out in 17 minutes, I managed to get my hands on some tickets for New Order's reunion show. So in a little more than a month I will be hotfooting it to Brussels to wave my lighter in the air (or it is an iPhone these days) and sing "oh you've got green eyes, oh you've got blue eyes, oh you've got grey eyes..."