Lovely produce at the market
For the next few entries I am going to be writing about various things French from my last trip. This was a different kind of vacation. It was more like being a Parisienne for a couple of weeks. Tourist adventures were limited. That said I am beginning with one of the most famous of French sites...Versailles with a different point of view. I did not visit the palace but instead went to the fruit and vegetable garden which is not always open to the public. It was the first of two cuisine classes that I took.
Here I am returned from 2 weeks in the city of light. A different vacation this time as I was not doing this as a tourist. Only a few museums. mostly paying attention what it means to be a Parisienne. And what it take to live in Paris...attitude not just money.
This house in the side of the bluff reminds me of the troglodyte dwelling in France. This one actually was a wine and cheese cave in McGregor, Ia. We were there for the 4th of July staying in little B&B below.
This place is not quite France but I could pretend for a few days.
My entries this summer have been rather sporadic or not at all. Summer arrived so late I am behind on all the summer activities.
One of those late things this year is the farmers markets that are in various parts of the city. They only opened in the past few weeks and the produce available is quite limited. Even so going to these markets is one of the pleasures of my summer. So.......
A lovely sunny morning, time to enjoy a little breakfast on my patio.
I am not a proponent of bottled salad dressings. They are so easy to make yourself. What is better than a nice vinaigrette that enhances whatever your salad contains? As I make my own always I am forever on the hunt for fine oils and vinegars. This weekend I found a new store that specializes in them. They have tastings so you will know what you are buying. I came home with three flavors. Especially tasty is the Cara-Cara Vanilla. I am thinking this would be lovely on a spinach salad with sugared walnuts, thinly sliced red onion and some fresh orange slices.
Spring is having a hard time arriving this year. It is nearly June and there are very few spring flowers around. Last fall I dumped a pot of bulbs into the back area of my yard. . One hyacinth has managed to struggle up and thrust it's tiny flowers into the light. Nothing else. Leaves are barely budding when they should be in full splendor. There is a lilac bush that grows in the wild and that is very slow. Lilacs need cold to bloom but they also need warmth and sun.