we walked, we ate and we drank…

We walked, we ate and we drank...

So we holidayed in Europe this year… Sammy the boys, myself & friends started off in gorgeous rural England ( with the obligatory trips to London to do this and that… then onto a fast train, through France, all the way down south to Marseilles, then another little train to St Cyr sur Mer; a quaint fisherman town…weather perfect ! loads of medieval villages nearby, markets with produce that brought tears to my eyes, the cicadas singing furiously from sunrise to sunset….

So we ate and we drank, lots… we ate in villages, on the riviera, in little troquets and in Parisian bars and brasserie…. the food disappointed me in terms of how lazy and complacent the industry is in that initial price bracket: 25 euro pp, which is more than enough for a full house experience at the foodbarn…or quite a few other good eateries in SA…. yes, total lack of imagination and fairly aloof attitude from the waiters knowing they’ll get their 14.5% no matter what.
The food at markets and even supermarkets however, was ridiculous, great choice, great fruit and veg, the condiments, olives, spices… the cheeses and the fish…. my word…because the med does not suffer from overfishing, there are no red or orange list there, still caught in the traditional way by little fishers… prices reasonable, (apart from our shocking exchange rate) and the quality exceptional, such taste…

So we cooked at home… and it felt just like cooking here at home, which is just right. I realised that i was missing my adopted home.

the best meal was had in Soho London at Polpo, the best fish soup was at “chez Henry” near the beach at St Cyr, the boys agreed that the best dessert was the chocolate fondant at “chez Henry” as well, the best macaroon were from “Ladurée” and i could not stop drinking Orangina during the day and Rosé de Bandol at night…

 

last day of 2012…your last pic of the year…

the incredible sensation of morning wet grass under your bare feet…one of those little things in life that get taken for granted like so many others….here’s to not taking any of those small miracles for granted in 2013….happy new year !!!

countdown to new year… pic of the day…

lying down…looking up at the summer sky with a fish eye….LOVE SUMMER !!!

countdown to new year… pic of the day…

this goats roasted cheese with guava & ginger compote is the current obsession of several “feast at home” readers…so I am told…it is utterly delicious, and encapsulate our philosophy to the T;

“The food is civilised without being pretentious … that is to say it has natural taste, smells and textures, and much character… often it looks beautiful too”

countdown to new year… pic of the day…

tanned freckles and starfruit head… Eli’s on holiday1

love pastries and tarts…

love pastries and tarts, we love to bake and cook and eat….we do it with lots of love and passion….hope you enjoy it!

countdown to new year… pic of the day…

our beautiful children are the driving force behind everything we do…
i imagine it’s easier to go through life and certain hardships having made childhood memories in noordhoek…

countdown to new year with our pic of the day… just for you…

stolen images from the food and the restaurant…

simple, gorgeous and generous…Happy Xmas

countdown to Xmas with our pic of the day…

we picked this fresh nutmeg walking through the forest in Zanzibar, Ali shelled it there and then and i was able to grate some and taste how insane this spice is when fresh… that day, we foraged  and found over 20 different roots, spices and leaves…

we thought we’d share an image a day with you… a snapshot that means something to us… happy holidays!

if you ever wondered what franck looks like with hair… and copious amount of mojito in his bloodstream…