Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The Little Breton Bistro by Nina George





It wasn't until the end of The Little Breton Bistro that I decided to post about it.  If you liked The Little Paris Bookshop, you'll definitely like this one.

The main protagonist of the book is a German woman Marianne.  I'm not sure that it was relevant that she was not French. Having said that, the author is German and the book is a translation.

She feels trapped in a bad marriage and decides to take drastic action.  I won't spoil it for you but she does end up in a little village in Brittany.  There is quite a bit of food in the book.

I didn't particularly like the almost druidic elements in the book but the rest was very good.  And the cover is just superb – other than the little Eiffel Towers which seemed a bit pointless.

This book can also be found with the title The Little French Bistro.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Spam .... yuck... and don't get me started on unsolicited sales calls


Lamb Ragout Revisited



Carole's Chatter: Lamb Ragout


I cooked this lamb ragout for a long time in a low heated oven. 

So everything went into my casserole dish as follows:

Lamb shoulder chops
Onions
Grated ginger
Red chilli
Leek
Carrot
Potato
Garlic
Worcestershire Sauce
Pinch of dried tarragon
Chicken stock concentrate
Can of chopped Italian tomatoes (mine were flavoured with chilli and garlic)
Spring vegetable dried soup packet (could be onion or mushroom or even tomato)
Tomato paste
Raisins
Salt and pepper

I haven't put many quantities in because it doesn't really matter – just don't overdo the tarragon.

This was cooked for 3 hours at 150ÂșC (which is about 300 in Fahrenheit).  I threw in some frozen peas in the last 5 minutes to add a nice touch of colour and flavour.