The French ‘Chocolate Sausage’ Mystery
Following our post Finding French Antique and Vintage Items in France, where we shared our top ideas on how to find markets and vide-greniers when in France, we have an exciting announcement…
We have opened an Etsy Store called … you guessed it … AFrenchCollection.
Our previous article on markets and the opening of our store is the next step in answer to the questions and requests I’ve had on where do I find my bits and pieces for my homes and could I find something on my trips to bring back for others.
Decorating your house, manor or chateau in France can be fun if you know the basics of where to find antiques and vintage items. Finding vintage and antique items is a lot easier and more satisfying in France than in Australia I must honestly say. There are so many more antique and brocante stores and as there is always a market happening somewhere you’ll likely to find just the right piece you’re looking for.
On your French travels have you ever been really hungry and on reaching the local boulangerie (bakery) found it closed for their lunch break? What the heck is that about? They sell food right – and they are shut at feeding time! Nothing better explains France’s love for the long lunch that this anomaly.
However, they have come up with an answer to this age-old problem. Enter the 24/7 baguette (lit. ‘a stick’) vending machine. True, there are vending machines that dispense fresh baguettes.
A New Year’s Eve Party is always on New Year’s Eve isn’t it? Are you sure? Read on…
Now you have to understand it was the very first time we stayed at our house in Brittany, and actually, in France at all. After three weeks of busy renovating, furniture assembling and gardening we were exhausted. We’d been to French department stores, French hardware stores, French supermarkets and had learned to accept that things were very different in France and while everything was possible, it all just took much longer.
After these three weeks our home was more or less ready to receive its first guests; there were beds with bed linen to sleep in, crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils to prepare meals with,Continue ReadingFollow Us
A French Christmas Tale. A hot baked turkey with roasted vegetables and “all the trimmings” is still very popular in Australia – even when the ambient temperature reaches 38⁰ outside in the shade, although cold platters and gourmet salads are increasing in popularity. For a couple of months leading up to Christmas magazines start to feature both options with strong preferences often being voiced when the Christmas menu gets discussed amongst families in preparation of the big day.
On our first Christmas Day spent in France, and the first at our nearly acquired home, we decided the occasion befitted grand traditional French fare. The anticipation of preparing, cooking and eating in temperatures closer to 7⁰ filled our minds as we revelled in the fresh food purchasing at markets and the meat purchase at the neighbouring village’s butcher. Having visitors for the
occasion was of special joy and an elaborate festive table setting was also planned.
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