Saturday, 25 October 2014

That's it - no more baths!

Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod

I can't remember how I heard about Paris Letters.  But a big thank you to whoever posted about it.  There are a lot of memoirs about people moving to France so I wasn't sure what to expect. But this was different.  It wasn't so much about Paris – although the Paris Painted Letters that the author created did give you the real atmosphere.  These are reproduced in black and white throughout the book.

No, the most appealing thing was that it was about the author's internal journey from being a busy hard driven office worker to shedding almost all her possessions and moving to Paris and just hanging out.

There's a love story too.  But I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a cluttered life – it will make you think.  Off to do something about my wardrobes right now!

I have also added Janice MacLeod's blog to my Bloglovin blogs.

Friday, 24 October 2014

So cute ... why don't we have ads like this now?

Food on Friday: Cheese


It's time to revisit an ingredient we did over 2 years ago – Cheese.

To add your cheese dish, just put the name of the dish (together with your blog name/name, if you like) into the first Mr Linky box you will find below.  Then paste the url for your post about it into the second box.

I'll be pinning the links to this Pinboard – this is a quick way for you to scan the dishes and choose which ones you want to check out in more detail.  This is the same Pinboard that the first collection went to, so there's lots of inspiration there.

Let's get all 'cheesy'.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Is this just a food myth?

Should you wash chicken before cooking it?

Julia Child always washed her chicken before cooking.  But I don't – if it feels moist I'll pat it with a paper towel.  Luckily it seems that my approach is ok since the US Department of Agriculture has said it doesn't improve the chicken – and in fact it creates a real risk of spreading bacteria on the chicken around your sink and benchtop.

What do you do?