THE DEUX-SÈVRES MONTHLY
French Life, Food & Drink... Vive la difference. by Gilly Hunt Rain at last; I never thought I would be so happy to see rain in June. I am sure we were all secretly, if not openly, pleased to see the rain; to watch our water butts fill up, and the gardens soak up the joyous nectar of water. The Deux-Sèvres climate is, I believe, one of the main reasons why many of us chose to move here in the first place; as it is has reportedly more sunshine hours than most areas in France and this year so far there certainly has been lots of sunshine and let’s hope there is more to come. This month our neighbour very kindly came, as he does every year, to collect our two Ouessant sheep (Bonnie and Clyde) and take them to our local farmer to be shorn. This year they were particularly pleased by this event as it had been so hot. When they returned it was great to watch them bounding around like spring lambs, enjoying their freedom and coolness from their very thick winter fleeces. I have just come back from a trip to England and I was reminded upon my homecoming how truly wonderful it is living in France. I was pleased to bid farewell to the traffic jams, the constant need to shop and buy just about anything, whether one can afford it or not. The whole pace and way of living was reminiscent of a hamster continually running around its wheel reaching nowhere. Whereas in France the lifestyle is more one of a cat, taking each day as it comes, finding a sunny spot to doze in and savouring the moment and enjoying what is there, not constantly seeking something else. For have we not found our own utopia, so we no longer need to search?
This month’s contribution to the Cancer Support Deux Fox. Sèvres Favourite Recipe Book comes from Maureen . Thanks go to her for..... Mo’s Red Onion Tart (for 4 people or adjust accordingly) Ingredients: Flaky pastry (Pâte Feuilletée) 5 red onions Brown sugar (approx 2 tablespoons) Balsamic vinegar (approx 2 tablespoons) 125g grated cheese 1 tablespoon olive oil Salt and pepper poon Slice onions and fry gently in 25g butter and 1 tables and olive oil for about 10 minutes. Add brown sugar balsamic vinegar, also salt and pepper. Taste and adjust le as needed. Place in pyrex dish (20/23cms). Sprink sides. cheese on top. Lay pastry on top and tuck in Turn Cook in oven 180 degrees for about 25 minutes. out and over. when Tip: If you leave a gap round the edge of the onions . putting them in the dish it will be easier to tuck in pastry This recipe can be served hot or cold and can be made us! up to three days in advance. Simple, tested and delicio Please keep the recipes coming. We can’t promise to include them all but we can promise they will all be tested! Send to: email@example.com marked ‘recipe’. r If you would like any information about the work of Cance 05 on field Search June t contac Support Deux-Sèvres, please 49 64 59 96 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I feel at this juncture I should point out to any new arrivals, and I do not wish to sound patronising, that it is so important to keep busy when you first arrive, to go out and about and to join in local activities in order to meet people. Normally our friends stem from the school gate, or work, neither of which most of us have here, so meeting people can be a challenge. It is so important though if you are to truly settle here to create a life for yourself. Your renovation will not last forever and you will soon tire of lounging around reading books. I know that it is scary for many of us to join clubs and associations especially when in a foreign country and with a new language to contend with. But there are also many clubs and associations you can join that are English, these can be found on the various English forums on the web, or in this great magazine; look around and be proactive and soon you will be as busy as you wish, with lots of like minded new friends. Must go as off out to dinner with friends-Vive la Difference.
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English language magazine for the Deux-Sèvres and surrounding departments in France.