{she’s gone running again} Marathon du Médoc, running with the wine Gods

The Marathon du Médoc was crazy, exuberant, and a lot of fun. The full 42.2km distance, through of some of the most famous vineyards in the world – Bordeaux’s Médoc – in fancy dresses, with a glass of wine in one hand and brie in the other. What’s not to love? Continue Reading

Confession of a (sourdough) bread addict

How would life be without bread? Personally I find it difficult to have a balanced meal without it. Without proper crusty, fresh, flavoursome bread that is, not the industrial sliced “wonder” packed with sugar and fat. All bread is, is water, flour salt – and a bit of love. I started making my own sourdough at home a few years back, and this no-knead recipe is childishly easy, as well as flexible for busy schedules, a perfect way to get on the wonderful bread crumbs trail… Continue Reading

Home sweet home…the annual trip to Normandy

Home for Easter…and home is Normandy, France, home to Camembert, Calvados and grey dramatic skies. A little photo diary of our 4 days in Honfleur, Etretat, Deauville, Trouville, Ste Adresse & Le Havre. Continue Reading

Up in the trees in Guadeloupe, Caribbean

In June last year, we spent a week in Guadeloupe, one of the French Caribbean island; so far I haven’t written about it, mostly because instead of exploring tirelessly as we normally do, we spent a week chilling out with friends, surfing, kite-surfing, and drinking rum. Well mostly.

But as grey and wet winter is going on in London, I find myself longing for that very special place where we had the chance to stay, the magical tree house of Tendacayou. For an almost grown up little girl who reads too many child books, sleeping up there with the friendly frogs felt like a dream, like time had stopped. It’s a happy moment I still invoke from time to time, when days are particularly grim & gloom. Continue Reading

“The longest marathon in the world”, wait, the what?!

Well ok marathon distance is 42.195km or 26.2miles, BUT this particular one will probably feel like the longest in the world as is goes through 59 of the world’s most famous Chateaux and private vineyards around Bordeaux, Continue Reading

Travelling in my kitchen to…Alsatian Christmas markets, lots of mulled wine and a “pain d’épices” recipe

We came back from Myanmar 2 weeks ago and stepping into a full blow Christmas-y London right back from the beach slightly startled me! It’s only this weekend when we travelled to Alsace, the French border region Continue Reading

Souvenirs and tokens of Travels from… Guadeloupe

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There’s always the stuff that you expect to bring back, that you almost go on a hunt for. And then there’s the small thing, the unexpected sweet, funny object, item of clothing that caught your attention…

From Guadeloupe of course we came back with some amazing degustation rum, traditionally made, 11yr of age…delicious
but it’s when buying it at the distillerie that I asked the lady what she was munching on, and she offered one of those amazing candied coconut…fragrance of coconut, dark cane sugar, local vanilla…mmm so naughty but so good.

rum reimonenq and candied coconut

candy coco coffee

coffee and digestive time pleasures…

In random order, I came back with, well, mostly food and drinks: Rhum, cane sugar that smells delicious, jams and preserves, graines a roussir to make chicken Colombo, very strong sunscreen and kite-surfing sunglasses….I would have looooooved to bring that baby frrrrrrrog in my suitcase but my other half stopped me, the horrible monster. Oh well, next time? 😉

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Colombo spices, banana and passion preserve, 11 yr aged rum and the very strong cane sugar…watching the kite surfing videos and contemplating the pouring rain out of the window…

tandakayou grenouille

can I take you home pleaaaaase?