RECIPE LIST

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Strawberry Fool (Temperatures Rising post)

Death and Co (Desperate Target post)

Susie's Tian ( Summer Bliss post)

Spiced Up Chocolate Mousse ( Mummy Porn? post)

Bay Leaf and Lemon Roasted Coquelet ( Pizza Face post)

Cottage Cheese Salad ( Ouch! post)

Sunday Chilli ( Co Co CO Communication post)

Resolution Chicken Soup ( Sunshine and Joy post)

6 Minute Succulent Foie Gras ( Foie Gras Shortcut post)

Carrot & Coconut Spiced Soup ( Charm and Charme post)

Amaretto Chocolate Cake ( Autumn Dash post)

Sunday Supper Fettucini ( Haircut Hell post)

Susie's Fennel Seed and Lime Chicken (The Gracious Art of Meditation post)

Nigella's Coconut Rice ( The Gracious Art of Meditation post)

Cherry Tomato Curry ( The Gracious Art of Meditation post)

Old Fashioned ( Navigation Nightmares post)

End of Summer Apple Tart (Keeping Up post)

Warm Ravioli du Dauphiné Salad ( Cold Summer, Warm Salad post )

Pecorino, Tuna, Fresh Basil and Summer Tomato Salad (Salad Days post)

Easiest Dreamiest Dark Chocolate Ice cream ( Beware Pigeon post)

Ginger Kisses ( Mmmwah Mmmwah Dahling! post)

A "Lucky Stiff" Cocktail ( Are we all chambermaids ? post)

Blueberry, Banana, Carrot Smoothie ( Get Thin, Get Thin, Get Thin post)

Chilled Cucumber and Coriander Soup ( Husbands who do Housework post)

Pear, Almond, Dark Chocolate Spiced Coffee Cake ( Go Dutch! post)

Orgasmic Dark Chocolate and Lime Zest Gateau (Loss is Plus post)

Warm Parsnip Salad (Season's Parsnip post)

Champagne and Raspberry Gratin(Champagne! post)

Laksa ( Getting On post)

Cheat's Christmas Cake ( Last Minute Madness post)

Pecan Pie ( The Joy of "Thanks" post )

Flourless Dark Chocolate Almond Brownies ( Antumn Brownie post)

Christmas Chocolate Truffle Fudge Cake ( Christmas... Already ? post )

Foie Gras Sauternes Terrine ( Oh, To be a Duck post )

Fig Pear Apple Spiced Almond Crumble ( Linguistic LOL post )

Pepper, Fresh Tomato,Garlic, Serrano, Pasta Shells ( God Give us Parity post)

Lemon Ginger Hot Toddy for Colds ( Husbands with Colds post)

Autumn Tomato Soup ( Big Noise post)

Chocolate Mountain Crisp Cookies ( working, WORKING, Mothering, Exploding post)

Inspired Chicken Liver Paté ( Everything's Gone Retro post)

Spiced Apple Yoghurt Cake, Lemon Butter Icing ( Body Balance post )

Raspberry, White Peach and Limoncello Cups ( Disdain and More Summer Pudding #3 post )

Very Berry Summer Pudding ( Very Berry, Summer Puddings #2 post )

Minted Peach Soup ( Back to School, Summer Puddings #1 post )

Full Fibre Toasted Muesli ( World Cup Fever? post)

Energy Spring Salad ( Energy Spring Salad post)

Chicken Breast Tossed in Basilled Gremolato (Gremolato GOGO post)

Osso Bucco ( Monday Osso Bucco post)

Moistest Almond Expresso Cake with Coffee Butter Icing ( The Cake Which Gets you What you Want...Anything! post)

Red Pepper Tomato Tuna Pasta Bake (Pasta Bake for really Frustrated Mothers post )

Spring Strawberry & Blueberry Spiced Crumble (Dessert for a Spring Evening post )

Quinoa Asparagus Feta Salad (Annual Cringe post)

Lavender Dream Ice Cream ( Lavender Dream post)

Nasturtium, Cream Cheese & Ham Sandwiches ( Flower Power post)

Best Potato Salad Ever ( First Spring BBQ post)

Basil, Chive, Goat Cheese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms ( Portobello Fresh post)

Balsamic Berry Salad ( Berry Power post)

Moist Raspberry and Lemon Zest Dessert Cake ( pre Wedding Supper post )

Mackerel Crumble (Omega Me post)

NYC Pecan and Choc Chip Cookies (MyAmericanMarket.com post)

Stawberry and Cherry Tomato Salad with Basil and Mint ( Salad Days post)

Spring Detox Smoothie ( Incredible Blimp post )

Baked Cinnamon and Orange Zest Cheesecake( On Cheesecake post)

Blood Orange Braised Endives (Beautiful Blood Oranges post )

Egg Free Choc Mousse ( Orgasmic Choc Mousse post)

Timeless Onion Soup ( Mid-Term Suppers post)

Caper, Red Onion & Bacon Tart ( Late Lunch Tart post )

Dale's Poisson Cru ( Don't Tell Them its Raw post )

Duck Sausage Curry ( Mid Week Bangers post )

Easy Crepes with various toppings (Its "Crepe Day" in France post)

Red Onion Tart (Winter Suppers Again - Classic Red Onion Tart post )

Classic NYC Bloody Mary ( Hangover Brunch Cure post)

Pesto Salmon (more Winter Suppers, Pesto Salmon post)

Soothing Lemon Soufflé ( Winter Suppers - Back to easy desserts post )

Mash and Variations (Winter Suppers 3 - The Glory of Mashed Potato post)

Braised Vegetable Hot Pot with Espelette Chicken ( see Winter Suppers 2 post)

French Apple Tart, Unadulterated ( Supper for Winter Term 1 post)

Spicey Chorizo Tomato Spaghetti ( Supper for Winter Term 1 post)

Veal/Veau Orloff, Julia Child (Just what is Veau Orloff post)

Christmas Detox Hints ( Over Christmas post)

Espuma Roquefort, Celery, Panacetta (We Workshopped post) Mille Feuilles Sud Ouest (We Workshopped post)

Gourmet Classic Egg Nog (Christmas Spirit post)

Lemon Roasted Chicken (ps More on Backdoor post)

Mrs Wood's Heavenly Honey Cake ( Mrs Wood's Heavenly Honey Cake post)

Black Ink Spaghetti with Shellfish (Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia post)

Boeuf Bourguignon, Simple ( Food is Love post)

Smoked Salmon, Dill, Cream Cheese Scrambled Eggs (One Plate Brunch post)

Heavenly Green Soup ( Things Green post)

Dark Chocolate & Chestnut Muffins ( see Sunday Muffin post)

Rhubard, Cardomom & Lime Muffins ( Sunday Muffin post)

Date, Walnut & Marscapone, Lemon Zest Muffins (Sunday Muffin post)

Apple , Pecan, Toasted Rolled Oats Muffins (Sunday Muffin post)

Susie's Red Wine Sausage Hot-Pot ( see Perspectives Men & Women post)

Mother's Pumpkin Soup ( see 70's Orange post)

Mimosa ( see Back to Brunch post )

Chestnut Panna Cotta

Artichoke Risotto

Risotto alla milanese/Saffron Risotto

Susie's Side Artichokes

Slow Poached Figs with Amaretti Biscuits

Janice's Fig Preserves ( see Getting Figgy post)

Chicken and Prawn Thai Green Curry

Mother's Waldorf Salad

Cherry Tomato and Pistachio Deep Dish Tart

Walnut Tart

Green Crunch Salald

Gorgonzola & Parsley Fettucini

Berry Pavlova

Susie's Pesto - Parsley and Walnut, Basil and Pinenut

Tomato Home-Tapenade Poached Chicken Easy Tart

Susie's Comfort Risotto

Pat's Basil & Corn Soup

Susie's Raspberry & Lemon Zest Tiramisu

Chicken Stock

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Thursday, 5 May 2016

TEMPERATURES RISING

It's official - I am going to be reincarnated as something that doesn't go through menopause!

Just yesterday I received a knowing kind nod from a total stranger on the tramway when I pulled out my glasses to read a text -burning up in a hot flash,they completely fogged up as soon as I put them on. Note to self : must tell optician to devise temperature resistant lenses!  

For me it's the hot flashes which are the killer. My whole body transforms from clear skinned to blotchy burning scarlet in a matter of seconds - human combustion can't be urban legend after all. You could fry an egg on my chest! 

Clothes get peeled off at top speed only to be thrown back on again ten seconds later when the chills come on. My poor students have an air-conditioned classroom in the middle of winter - I'll be lecturing in a t-shirt (although would rather just be standing there in a muslin kaftan with no undies!!) whilst they are all shivering under their coats. 

Honestly,weren't periods, pregnancy, stretch marks, breast feeding and cellulite enough from nature already! And can someone please explain WHY,with all this heat, I'm not burning off all that new extra thigh, tummy and botty fat?? Seriously with all this heat I should be stick thin instead of feeling thicker and thicker. 

And there's more...

  • Eye sight so shot that need arms a km long to read without glasses. 
  • The most simplest of vocab in my second language which just somehow escapes me.Yesterday the lost word was potato peeler..actually I couldn't remember it in English either.
  • Running up the stairs and then,once there, forgetting WHY I am there
  • Calling the children by the dog's name, and vice versa
  • Waking all hours of the night craving poached eggs on toast and then going into mad fretting fits over things of little consequence and ending up playing Scrabble online until dawn with some stranger called Kanitra in India...and she usually wins
  • Weeping over insurance ads on the tele - in fact weeping over anything
  • Desperately seeking my waisteline which seems to have left the country
  • Forever trolling online for tummy trimming bathing suits but never quite finding the power to hit the buy button
  • Constantly repeating myself
  • Did I mention I repeat myself
Last week when my raging hormones woke me up at 4am, I started googling the phases of a woman's life. There are basically three official stages, maiden, mother and crone. And, according to my research, I am, without a doubt, the latter of the three. Gulp!

I have always considered the term " crone" to be similar to such things as harridan, hag, biddy, beldam and company..In fact, I have discovered that the term " crone" is one which has been completely redefined over the last centuries. Whereas the modern term refers to a cantankerous or withered woman, the ancient term referred to a woman 45 plus who was recognised as empowered, wise and self-defined. 

I have decided the latter ancient term suits me to the ground. I shall attempt to strap on my sense of humour and as a wise, empowered, self defined woman try to cruise through the rest of this change without letting it get me down.We all deserve to find our inner "menopausal goddess." 

It's time to see the positive side of menopause and yell it out to the stars. Think of all that money you're saving on tampax - it can be redirected into chocolate and chardonnay.This is a beginning of something new not the end of life.

Meanwhile I shall go online today and buy myself one hell of a kaftan AND a tummy trimming bathing suit. I will avoid beating myself up when I put the mail in the dishwasher and the dog's croquettes in the cookie jar. More walking, time out, hot bubble baths, spa days with other "menopausal goddesses" are on the menu. I am also going to try and embrace my wobbly bits and my rekindled love of gin and tonic whilst remembering the final words of the stranger on the tramway yesterday...as I was getting off she whispered to me, " Don't worry dear, it DOES stop."

In need of something cool and creamy? Here's an old recipe, great to use with new season strawberries, gariguette strawberries are the best if you can find them. 
I use about 1 1/2 cups of fruit to 300ml fresh cream.

S T R A W B E R R Y   F O O L 

1 1/2 cups fresh gariguette strawberries 
2 T icing sugar
1T lemon juice
lemon zest
300ml cream, whipped
Frangelico liqueur
Amaretti biscuits
mint leaves

Blend the strawberries to a puree with the icing sugar and lemon juice. Fold into the whipped cream and chill. Serve with lemon zest, scissored mint, a drizzle of Frangelico and Amaretti biscuits.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

DESPERATE TARGET



Last week I asked one of my marketing students which population target group I belong in. Having expected " Baby Boomer" or "Generation X,"  imagine this Desperate Housewife's inner goddess when he simply said, " Old. 


Trying to help him out of the hole he'd just power-dug himself I foolishly asked him to elaborate. The hole became an abyss. "You are a Senior Madam," at which stage he started giving me retirement advice. Briefly touching my head, just making sure my hair hadn't morphed into a tight blue perm, I asked him to define " Senior." He raised his eyes to heaven and replied, "4O plus! "

Putting this into perspective, France is considered one of the better places to grow old. Pensions are high but the honey-jar risks being empty when my time comes around. The legal retirement age in France now stands at 62 for people born between 1955 and 1973. However a full state pension is only awarded for those who have worked 40-43 years. With that info, my guess is that I could be going on for at least another 20 years!

Many sectors benefit from " Special Retirement Plans" which are partially financed by the concerned business sectors and of course the rest is paid by the government AKA the tax -payer. In terms of some of these I truly understand why my student was calling me a "senior." Check out the retirement ages and  please avoid chin dropping to floorboards:
  • French Millitary: average retirement age is 45.7
  • EDF & GDF ( French Electricity and Gas Companies): average retirement age: 55.4 - now I know why my gas bills have shot up!!
  • RATP ( Paris Public Transport): average retirement age: 54.8
  • SNCF( French Railway): average retirement age: 52.5 
  • Banque de France: has retirement plan based on the civil servant one, but keeps a separate fund - well, obviously!
  • Sailors: average retirement age: 57.6 - Hello Sailor!!

Enough ranting for one week. 
Next week's post - Menopause, IF I remember!

Don't know about you, but I could use a drink. Just discovered a vintage martini cocktail called " Death and Co," - seems appropriate.

D E A T H  &  Co


This is a 3 to 1 ratio cocktail. Please make sure you are over 18...way over!


  • 2.50 ounces  Tanquery London Dry Gin
  • 0.75 ounce  Dry Vermouth
  • 1 dash orange bitters
Stir all the ingredients over ice, then strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.




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Monday, 11 April 2016

SPRING REVERIES...

After a 4 year break I had one of those hallelujah "in
France" moments today that forced me back to my keyboard....


No longer a 40-something, I recently turned the page,rather reluctantly,to 50! Since I reached my half century,I have been reflecting largely on educative matters...hmmm would that have something to do with the myriads of teenagers dragging their designer-booted tooties through my corridors..?

I don't know about you but I was always told "manners before God!" What is it about we anglo-saxons,whether harking from the South Pacific or floating somewhere off the French coast (jab!), that makes manners and being polite a true part of our culture. I would go so far as to state that manners are "indigenous" to us...needless to say, this is open to anthropological debate.

So, the hallelujah moment...early this morning my trusty York,Harry, and I were out for our morning stroll. Spring is in the air, clear skies ( and that is really something in Bordeaux!), the trees are in vibrant green leaf, blossoms inside and out, it is simply gorgeous. 

The traffic alone serenades us and I have drifted back into one of those superb 1980s
moods where I forget reality of my age, Katrina and the Waves are singing "I'm Walking on Sunshine"...I am,in all probability, smiling like a nutter..maybe even humming. 

I step out onto a pedestrian crossing and an older bearded chap on a scooter stops for us, I smile, wave and say thank you, to which he breaks my Spring fever with yelling out, " I stopped for the dog, not for you!!" 



Ah France and its gallantry...at least he respected animals, I suppose?


Happy Days and welcome back to DesperateAnglo Housewives.



Here's the music,I'm Walking on Sunshine, go on have a listen!(Copy and paste...)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPUmE-tne5U    

Monday, 13 August 2012

OLYMPIC SOB


As the Olympics draw to their end, 
this DesperateAngloHousewife is wondering where her next wee buzz will be coming from....

I know I should be having a good old rant about sportsmanship, international cooperation and team spirit but instead I am going to be completely honest. ...All those bodies beautiful!

Am I the only 40-something who has been blowing bubbles into her Chardonnay during the men's diving? 

Was I the only creature on the planet who was reaching for the smelling salts as the men swimmers came out announced and pranced across to their starting block whilst unzipping their sweatshirts to reveal not just the most heavenly of six packs but also shoulders to weep over?

Of course one can wax lyric over the grace of the pole vaulting, the panther speed of Mr Bolt, the incredible concentration of the archers, the tenacity of the walkers...

Did anyone else notice the female athletes, their tone and all of that in their " undies?" I did have a moment's fantasy of myself sprinting around the circuit in my Marks and Spencer's hipster knickers.. An image far too scary to dwell on or render public for that matter.

Time for a walk methinks...


Friday, 3 August 2012

PULLING OUT MY HAIR, again!


What makes this Desperate Anglo Housewife rant, rave, stomp, pull out her hair...?


You guessed it, more bad customer service.


Just how hard is it to train shop staff in this country to be polite, respectful, to leave their condescending attitudes at home!


End of sales, picture the left over stock, all marked right down to clear. 
I walk into a shop in Bordeaux looking for summer trousers. Find a couple of quite ordinary ones, good for work, marked down by 70%...this was not haute couture.I'm talking BASIC pants!


Roll up to checkout...


Shopgirl ( herein, SG)," We have some lovely little summer tops that would go with these."

Moi, " No thanks" (smile politely)

SG, " There's some great shirts that would match too"

Moi, " No thanks" ( smile slightly)

SG ,"Do you need some blazers? Accessories...?"

Moi, " No thanks" ( smile dissipates....)


10 second pause.


SG, " You are just so lucky to be buying these pants."

Moi, " ? "

SG, " They are just superb and aren't you just SO LUCKY to have found them"

Moi, frown.

SG, " Honestly dear I can't begin to tell you how lucky you are to have got these, they have been that popular" blah blah blah more more more of the same.

Moi, all zen gone, " No YOU are lucky I am buying them. YOU are lucky I walked in to your shop!YOU are lucky I am helping empty your shop of your clearance stock!"

Cultural differences ? 







Thursday, 26 July 2012

SUMMER BLISS





Time out, alone, is a rare commodity for most of us.


For those of us who juggle busy professional lives with the daily family demands, time out is a virtual impossibility. That said, it is nothing short of a necessity.


Having had a few of life's bigger challenges thrown at me this year, I felt it was time to take my own self into hand. When life gets tough we do let ourselves go...well, I do.


 Like most women I go I go I go I go I go and then, I flop! I admit to being totally in awe of the majority of my women friends who seem to cope so well with anything. But that again is a "woman's lot"...we have to continue, there is simply no choice. We might be living in more modern times but let's be honest - who deals with the kids, the washing, the cooking, the daily grind...? 


I don't know about you, but there are days where I start my mantra before I even jump on my bike to go home. Yes, that's me you've probably seen whizzing along the Bordeaux quays in a black power-suit, chignon and pearls chanting chardonnay chardonnay chardonnay chardonnay! But frankly life is pretty sad when the only highlight in your day is the first sip of chardonnay before you start cooking, laundrey, etc etc, only to find yourself falling into bed at 11pm with the glass of chardonnay tepid and far from unfinished on the kitchen bench.


Now that alot of us have children who are getting older and more independant it is time to do something for ourselves. By "something for ourselves" I don't mean lunch out and a bikini wax - I am talking about a week out from family and work and ALONE! Turn off your mobiles and get going girls!!


I have taken myself off on a Qi Gong retreat*. A week of daily classes, learning something new. Great food, sun, relaxation, local culture and delightful company. I do feel rather sorry for the Qi Gong teacher having been landed with what could only be called Mrs Bean...picture this Desperate Anglo Housewife on her hands and knees, bum skyward, trying to get up off the ground upwards with one fluid movement. Just lift from your posterior madam, says the poor chap. Honestly, how can he even begin to imagine I can lift upwards from an area which weighs more than my brain.Impossible!
Classes have been punctuated by twice weekly full body deep tissue massage from which you emerge in, what can only be described as, euphoria.


Having refound who I am this week, I just want to shout out to all women out there to go out and do the same thing. It doesn't matter where you go or what you do- the important ingredient is just to go!

*Retreat Web Address:

Considered as a classic provençale speciality, a " Tian" explodes with summer vitality. Easy to make with all the summer veg, it is a dream teamed up with grilled fish and copious amounts of crisp provençale rosé.

Susie's Tian


2 yellow and 2 green new season's corgettes, sliced
2 large beefsteak tomatoes, sliced
2 large red onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic crushed
1 small aubegine, sliced
olive oil, salt petter,
lemon zest to finish
parsely chopped, 
thyme, chopped


Chop up all veg and basically let your artistic kitchen goddess shine through...I start by a bed of chopped onion and olive oil topped with layered vegetables. Lots of salt and pepper, chopped herbs and scattering of lemon zest, a drizzle of oil and into the oven 180° for 20 minutes and then another hour at 160°.
Enjoy!!

Sunday, 22 April 2012

MUMMY PORN ?

...a case for serious spanking?

Everyone is talking about it! But be careful who you tell...

A couple of weeks back I read an article in Time about a book which was taking America and the UK by storm - Shades of Grey by EL James.


Sales had hit an all time high, knocking Hunger Games off its number one bestseller rung. Preorders for the second and third books of the trilogy were so high that publishers were already ordering re-runs. Electronic book sales of the very same were unprecedented.

Mummy's the world over are blushing as they reach for the Ben and Jerry's at the supermarket and wondering whether their husbands of 20 years have "twitchy hands." And is there still Baby Oil in the bathroom cupboard just in case...

I don't really do "popular" literature but this had my curiosity going. What was the noise about? 
30 seconds later and the trilogy was downloaded on my iPad. Basically I was lost to my entourage and family for the next 72 hours...the washing lay about, the ironing basket overflowed, the children went hungry and the dog did not get walked. 

I was engrossed in what is far from great literature...."Mummy Porn" is the understatement of the century. I still can't work out whether I was rushing through the "story" to get to the next steamy sex scene or reading the sex scenes slowly to avoid the limp "story."
I had my computer on Wikipedia the whole time as there were just so many "things" to research I'd never heard of..I won't bore you with the details. Suffice to say, its been a learning curve.

My favourite related story is a friend of mine who downloaded it off Amazon but, in her haste, accidently downloaded it to her 14 year old sons iPod instead of her own iPad. Other friends have been "scotched" to their couches for days on end, others are suffering from sleep deprivation but enjoying a fab new sex life. I heard about someone else  taking a sick day to finish book 2! I personally am wondering when it will come out in french and whether it's correct to slip it into FH's ( french husband's) briefcase?


Chocolate Mousse anyone??? An old favourite with a spicey twist to bring it back to life.

Spiced Up Chocolate Mousse (for 2 only)

75g dark coarse chocolate , chopped and melted
2 eggs separated
25g butter, melted
2 tbsp caster sugar
1 tbsp grated fresh root ginger
1 tbsp lime zest

Mix the chocolate with the egg yolks and butter. Whisk the egg whites and then whisk in the sugar until the mixture is shiny and stiff.
Fold the two mixtures together along with the ginger and lime zest if using. Divide between 4 glasses and chill until set.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

PIZZA FACE!

..in my face?

Time for a rant!


What is it about me and getting bad salads?


How is it possible in this culinary capital that one can simply not find decent salads.


Further, why is it that restaurants will not own up to their inept efforts?
Do they not need to keep their clients?

This week at a very well known and popular Bordeaux Italian eatery, this Desperate Anglo Housewife, in keeping with her spring purge, ordered a salad. It was called " Fresh Pasta Salad " and was described as assorted lettuces, fresh pasta, mozzarella, tuna, tomato, pesto..." 
Sounded good.


The restaurant in question has the Italian food lovers lining up for hours to sit down to their fabulous pizzas, mixed antipasti plates etc.With their fame and success  perhaps they have lost touch with the reality of customer service and a perfected menu?
I have been going there for years and years and have never had a reason to complain. Their pizzas are frankly fabulous and their desserts, wonderful. They have a great wine cellar.


My friends and I did note a certain drop in the table set up...where have the pepper and salt mills gone? Why are there plastic Cerebos salt and pepper packs straight of the grocer shelf on the table...not a good look!! Cheap!


Back to my lunch...my companions' steaming pizzas arrived and then came my salad. 


Served on a flat plate was a couple of very boring chopped iceberg lettuce leaves, a handful of overcooked white pasta, a sprinkle of crumbled tuna ( say, a tablespoon at tops) and as for the mozzarella another tablespoon of mozzarella "micro-crumbs" no slices at all. Let's not forget the 2 half cherry tomatos. No pesto, no seasoning, no colour. Game over!!


A bottle of vinegar and one of olive oil were unceremoniously plonked in front of me. I nearly asked for a bowl,whisk and apron!


I had a couple of mouthfuls of what only could be described as overpriced, tasteless disappointment. I very politely asked the waitress to take it away stating that it really was not what I had expected and held no interest whatsoever. I foolishly apologised about 20 times!
She kindly asked me if I would like something else. I declined..actually, I was really embarrased as I have always loved eating there.


When we went to pay I was rather surprised to see my "salad" still on the bill. I said to the chap at the checkout, very quietly, that actually I had sent it back as "it wasn't up to your usual standards"...and then came the " client is king" in reverse..
 "Oh but it is my favourite salad," he said. I smiled at him and said " Yes, But I am the client." "We serve 400 people a day and noone has ever complained" he retorted, clearly having no intention of any gesture of goodwill towards a client of many years.


Well guess that will be 399 clients now!


And back to France where the client is NEVER king and yet another restaurant to strike off my list.


Time for some comfort food.
Always a total pushover for roasted chicken I also love cooking Coquelet...wee baby chooks. They are quick to roast and succulent to boot. 


Bay Leaf and Lemon Roasted Coquelet


Stuffing:
1 cup good quality ground pork
handful pistachios
6 - 7 dried apricots
fresh bay leaves
3 lemons - one zested.
half a cup fresh bread crumbs
salt pepper
olive oil
dry white martini


Put ground pork, pistachios, apricots, lemon zest, salt and pepper, bread crumbs in a food processor and zap until uniform. Stuff your birds. Cut one lemon in half and use this as a "plug" for the stuffing....sounds grotesque but will infuse beautifully.


Massage each bird with olive oil, salt and pepper and squeeze over juice of third lemon. 
Tuck fresh bay leaves under wings or legs.
Place in roasting dish and pour in dry white martini to about 2 cm height. This will stop birds from drying out and will add to perfumes.


Roast at 180° until golden and juices run clear.


Serve with mountains of garlic-roasted potatos and fresh mesclun salad.





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