The day didn't get off to a flying start. The postman rang the front door bell and as I answered it, in my shorts and sun-top and with a welcoming smile, I was met with: "A bit too fat". As I bit my trembling lower lip, he proffered a chunky package which wouldn't go through the letter box. Narrow escape for you, postie, choose your words a bit more carefully next time.
So a girl's got to cheer herself up with a bit of thrifting, hasn't she? What about this lovely dish,
perfect for English strawberries and a snip at a mere 50p.
So, with three weeks to go, I'm impatiently counting down the days until our annual holiday in south west France. I write lists. Lists of what to pack. They serve no practical purpose at all as I don't make any effort to keep them somewhere safe, and don't represent what ends up in the suitcase, but I enjoy the process of writing down:
2 prs. shorts
sleeveless teeshirts, black, white, grn.
cotton skirt for wearing to market
bag of books
I can transport myself to the sun-filled days ahead and imagine myself reading by the pool, or wearing a sleeveless teeshirt (black, white or grn.) and a pr. shorts sitting outside on a balmy evening with a glass of champagne so chilled I fear for my tooth enamel.
In case you think I'll be abandoning myself totally to a sybaritic lifestyle for two weeks, I would like to stress that I also take the opportunity to conjour up scrummy Mediterranean influenced meals.
I get a lot of stick from friends who can't believe that we hardly ever eat-out in France, but I just love the wonderful fresh produce from the markets and it's lovely to have that inspiration and time to spend in the cuisine.
Many years ago Jacqui my sister started me off with a big journal to put some favourite holiday recipes in. So another thing I do round about now is snuggle down with my favourite 'sunshine recipe' books, and find two or three things to add to the journal. Then I make another list, which I do keep, of all the ingredients I will need to conjour up these culinary delights:
cous-cous, garlic, Marmandais tomatoes, corn-fed chicken, cinnamon, fresh basil, flat-leaf parsley, chick peas, lemons, Greek yoghurt, shallots, Charantais melon, salt cod, peaches, etc etc.
Ooooooh, how many more sleeps until 23rd July?!
Hope everyone's looking forward to the weekend - how about leaving me a comment and telling me what you've got planned? I'd love to know!
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