A Food Geek in London moved to France

Creative cooking and creative living in France

Keeping time in France

Who needs clocks!  I have church bells that start with a mad frenzy at 7am, and continue throughout the day on the hour and half hour until 10pm.  For some reason at 7am and then again at 7pm you not... Continue Reading →

Franglais brain

The good news is my French is coming back to me….but still a lot of work to do. There isn’t really any bad news - just to note an interesting function of my brain, whenever I get stuck in French... Continue Reading →

‘On arrive!’ …the adventure begins.

Monday morning, off the ferry…into St Malo. We are here. Almost. Wednesday morning - a visit to the Notaire, to sign the Acte de Vente and get the keys ( a lot of keys). I think we got lucky with... Continue Reading →

How not to leave London…or a few tips to avoid the bumps in the road.

So…a few tips to ensure your departure from London is a smooth one…not that you live in London or are leaving any time soon. But just in case, my top 5 tips, in no particular order. Keep away from narcissistic,... Continue Reading →

Learning: or, an excuse to do stuff you always wanted to do

Chopping up a pig, and making bread.  Two not entirely unrelated things.  The pig – that is pretty obvious, we will need to have some decent knowledge, and I have always wanted an excuse to take the course.  If you... Continue Reading →

Lots of ‘little’ things

Soooo… nearly sold, and house nearly bought. And only a million little things to do. It seems every time we add something to the list and partially check it off we discover 3 more things we need to do. Don’t... Continue Reading →

Your initials here, and here, and here…

So I think that means we’ve committed. In France when you make an offer and it is accepted you then sign a Compromis de Vente, which is a binding contract, accompanied by a 5-10% deposit that you lose if you... Continue Reading →


A very good question, thank you for asking. In order to answer that I have asked myself these questions: What really makes me happy? What do I enjoy spending time doing? What small positive contribution can I make to this... Continue Reading →

…and now for pigs

Food, poo, sex and a lot of mud.  That pretty much sums up the last two days. Part of the ‘France Plan’ is to have a smallholding – with pigs at the centre (Dom has always had a thing for... Continue Reading →

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